Voodoo's Omen Portends $7K Gaming Rig - HotHardware
Voodoo's Omen Portends $7K Gaming Rig

Voodoo's Omen Portends $7K Gaming Rig

There are high-end gaming rigs, and then there are high-end gaming rigs. Then there are those systems that are so high-end that they defy categorization. Leave it to boutique systems manufacturer Voodoo to give us the $7,000 Omen. By the way, $7,000 is the starting price for the system, depending on the configuration. Similar to Voodoo's, soon to be released, ultra-high-end Envy laptop, the Omen represents a new direction for Voodoo: catering almost exclusively to those who never need to check their bank account balance or worry about credit limits on their charge cards.

So what makes the Omen so expensive? Is it gold-plated and encrusted with diamonds? Hardly. But the 22-inch-high, tower case is made of hardened, brushed aluminum and features an integrated 7-inch, 800x480 widescreen display. Inside the case, Voodoo does some thermal trickery: the Asus Striker Extreme II (nVidia 790i) motherboard is turned 90 degrees, which according to Voodoo:

"...takes advantage of vertical thermal diffusion: air is allowed to flow completely unobstructed from the raised bottom panel of the system over the core components, and out the top--a Voodoo innovation, and a first for any desktop PC."

The system uses a quad-fan radiator and copper cooling pipes that are built directly into the chassis. Voodoo claims that this solution not only keeps the system's internals cool, but also makes the system run very quietly. Because of how the motherboard is placed, Voodoo says that all the cable connection points are located at the top of the system and are all easily accessible by simply removing the top cover off of the tool-less chassis. The chassis can be painted one of Voodoo's custom 14 colors, for an additional expense.

Depending on whether you opt for air- or liquid-cooling, the Omen comes with either a 1,150-Watt or 1,300-Watt power supply, respectively. CPU options are either a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core QX9650 or 3.2GHz QX9770. Memory options range from 2GB to 8GB and feature 1,600MHz Cosair PC-14400 DDR3 SDRAM. Graphics options are Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI or ATI Radeon HD3870 CrossFireX--all liquid cooled, of course.

The Omen's storage options are where things really start to get out of hand. A total of six drive bays can house a combination of SATA hard drives (with a few 10,000-rpm options), solid state drives (up to a total of 384GB of storage using six Samsung 64GB SSDs), various CD and DVD drive options, and a few Blu-ray writable drive options. There are a couple of Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer high-definition audio options, albeit no mention of bundled speakers.

(Click on the image to the right to get a gander at some of the Omen's configuration options.)

A Voodoo representative tells us that Voodoo will start taking orders for the Omen in late August and that the system will start shipping sometime in September. Chances are, the Omen is well out of most people's price range. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that some of the system's unique features will forever be out of most people's reach.

Voodoo and parent company Hewlett-Packard promote what they call "VoodooDNA"--a clever marketing name for the synergy between HP and Voodoo R&D. One such example of Voodoo and HP's meeting of the minds is the HP Blackbird 002 high-end gaming rig. Selling between $2,500 and $6,500, depending on configuration, the Blackbird 002 is no bargain, but it is far more affordable than the I-need-a-home-equity-loan-to-afford-it, Omen. If the Blackbird 002 is any indication, we'll be seeing Omen-like features trickle down to (at least slightly) less-expensive offerings from HP. (Insert your own "Omen" joke here...)
0
+ -

7k for a rig? i think i can make better.... but at least they are trying

0
+ -

Der Meister:
i think i can make better
 Ditto!!!

IMO the case does exude an undeniable prestige though.

 

0
+ -

Good looks and specs: But not $7000.00 worth!I would like to have that display for my new build!Looks cool maybe they,ll sell me one Hmmmm!Probably want a $1000.00 for it!

0
+ -

ya deff not worth it. I like the lcd on the tower. I think it is.  I want the voodoo envy.

0
+ -

"A Voodoo representative tells us that Voodoo will start taking orders for the Omen in late August and that the system will start shipping sometime in September"...

and then go out of business in December after selling only two units, to morons.

0
+ -

dude if i had 7k for a gaming rig....

 

*** if i had 2k for a gaming rig LOL!

 

0
+ -

I love their brushed aluminum cases.

I'm a Mechanical Designer by trade. I design in Solidworks and a proprietary software suite, and program laser and turret machines to cut sheet metal. I've been considering designing up a computer case such as this, in brushed aluminum, buying some material, and then fabricating them in the shop here.

I don't know why I say this, just that Voodoo is making a killing on those cases. At most, the aluminum may cost 10 bucks per case.

0
+ -

First heard about a case that mounted the motherboard rotated 90 degrees was Computex 08 news.

Silverstone Raven RV01

 

0
+ -

i think these so called gaming rigs r well over priced, i mean i built my own PC (I wud not call it a gaming rig) no flash case like that (it wud b nice 2 have) its black & chrome, i have a Asus Mo-Bo 2.8GHz intel core 2 Quad core Q9??? (its not a extreme), 4Gigs Ram, x2 1TB H.D.D, 2x Nvidia Geforce 9500gt SLI, a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 7.1 Sound Card, Free Sat Tuner Card (for the Footy), just a standard DVD dual layer RW & a 850w PSU & i only built it for £670.00p & it plays any game including crysis no probs. & i have already seen & calculated my next PC (not for a cpl of years) which will only cost me £1750.00p & i think it looks better & will perform better than this Voodoo Omen (do like the display on the omen) it has a Asus mo-bo, intel core I5, 10Gig Ram, 2x ATI Radeon 5670 DX11, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.,around 4 or 5Tb H.D.D, with Blue-Ray, & a 1100w PSU all wrapped in a Lian Li PC-P80B Armorsuit Aluminium Super Tower Case with a black finish (all parts coming from a computer fair in london stratford uk) so why r these gaming rigs so pricey if i can build better for over 50% cheaper??

0
+ -

I want to see the insides now...

Login or Register to Comment
Post a Comment
Username:   Password: