Palo Alto (CA) – Hewlett-Packard apparently has plans to soon announce two high-performance desktop PC’s that have a slim, eco-friendly design, thus defying the concept that bulk and big is best.
Typically gaming PCs have heavy duty cases allowing for a simple upgrade to hard drives, video cards and other components.
According to Engadget, the new “Firebird” packs VoodooDNA 802 and 803 bookshelf-type systems that are equipped with quad-core Intel processors with a clock speed of up to 2.83 GHz, 4 GB of DDR2-800 memory and dual Nvidia GeForce 9800S video cards with 1 GB of memory.
Also included are twin hard drive bays, an eSata connector, 6 USB ports and dual-link DVI and HDMI display connectors.
The Firebirds will be priced from $1800, excluding a monitor. The announcement is expected for January 6 and general availability for January 9 via the VoodooPC website. Retail availability will follow in February.
So, what about the “green” in these PCs? Well, they aren’t exactly green when you compare them to a regular PC, but they are said to consume much less power than a traditional gaming PC. Compact, more energy efficient components limit the maximum power draw to 350 watts, which is about 1/5 of the energy high-end gaming PCs can consume under maximum load.