It’s an amazing piece of hardware.. I saw it and can’t wait to post it on my blog.

For hardcore computer gamers, there is no such thing as too much power when it comes to their personal computer; there is only the question: How much can I afford? The Blackbird 002 DE LCi is definitely in the “money is no object” category. Sporting dual ATI Radeon X2900 XT video cards, each with 512GB of GDDR4 SDRAM, an Intel Core2 Extreme Quad-Core 3.0GHz QX6850 CPU, 2GB 1066MHz Corsair PC2-8500 SDRAM, three hard drives in a RAID array, and liquid cooling for the video cards and the CPU, this PC is a gamer’s dream machine. And at about $6200, for many gamers, it will remain only a dream. HP loaned us a Blackbird 002 to review, and we just had to take a look inside.
The Blackbird arrived in a solid trunk….! I never expected that. I guess FedEx and UPS could not be trusted.

HP Blackbird 002 DE LCi gaming PC

The trunk filled with padding should protect the machine from almost any shipping bumps.

Cracking open the HP Blackbird 002 DE LCi gaming PC

Opening the trunk to reveal the Blackbird 02 drew a crowd. The day I received it, I had to run guys off who were trying to ogle the Blackbird while I wasn’t around to maintain decorum.


One other good thing about getting a PC in a trunk like this is that it is much easier to remove and re-box later.


The HP Blackbird 02 is certainly eye-catching. The plate on the side displays a fractal-like image.


There is nothing but DVIs out with Dual ATI Radeon x2900 XTs, each with 512 MB of GDDR4 SDRAM. In case you are wondering, that is some fast video memory.

The onboard sound on the NVIDIA nForce motherboard supports 7.1 speakers. Creative Labs must be concerned.


These high-end motherboards have support for Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, USB 2.0, 1394 Firewire, and even SPDIF out.


The case door continues with the glossy fractal imagery.


Access to the inside of the case is just a door latch away. There are no screws to contend with and the door is on a hinge.


For most of the components in the Blackbird 02 you do not need any tools. But for the few places where you might need a tool, one is provided along with some extra screws and nuts.10.jpg

One of the first things you notice about the Blackbird’s interior is that some plastic pieces separate the air flow around the CPU from the air flow around the video cards. And this is even though everything is liquid cooled.


One of the first things you notice about the Blackbird’s interior is that some plastic pieces separate the air flow around the CPU from the air flow around the video cards. And this is even though everything is liquid cooled.


The last image was a little dark so I turned the camera flash on. Notice the Striker Extreme on the motherboard between the video cards. That is the moniker of the current hot nForce motherboard. I had one put in my new gaming PC.

Also notice that there are two power connections for each video card — they like’a the juice.


With all of those power connections you can understand the need for an 1100 Watt power supply. You can count on your electric bills going up if you are running a Blackbird 02 in your home.

The HP Blackbird 02 is really a product of Hewlett-Packards acquisition of Voodoo Extreme and their telltale cabling artistic expertise is obvious.


Underneath all of this cooling apparatus is an Intel Core2 Extreme Quad-Core 3.0GHz QX6850 CPU.


The Crossfire connectors allow the dual ATI x2900 XT video cards to act in tandem, which increases overall video performance immensely.


With another plastic separator removed you can get a good look at the video cards. Even in the era of huge video cards, these suckers stand out.


The Blackbird 02 case design features this five-bay hard drive stack. Slot 1 and 2 contain 160GB Western Digital Raptors configured in RAID 0. The third bay contains a 750GB SATA drive for storing media files. Each drive can be slid out sideways — no screws involved. All cases should adopt this idea.


At 10,000 RPM, the WD Raptor drives are plenty fast.


As you would expect in a $6,200 PC, the RAM is high-quality, high-speed RAM from Corsair and each stick has its own heat sink.


The liquid cooling system is completely closed so there is no real chance of leaking — unless you start pulling things out.


As you would expect, the Blackbird boots up quickly and is ready for a test drive.

No PC these days is complete unless it has LED lights. From the front, the green lights of the Blackbird 02 are very bright — colleagues down the hall noticed it right away.


As someone who is willing to spend extra bucks on a well-made, top-of-the-line gaming PC, I can appreciate the workmanship and awe-factor of the HP Blackbird 02 DE LCi. If money wasn’t an issue, I would buy one.

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