Voodoo Takes Omen to Extreme Quad Core

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Boutique computer maker VoodooPCnewly acquired by Hewlett-Packard—has announced a new version of its high-performance Omen desktop systems featuring Intel’s Core 2 Duo Extreme Quad Core processor. Set to launch on November 14, Voodoo is promising the new systems will deliver up to 70 percent better performance on industry benchmarks than Intel’s dual core processors.

“The cutting edge technology in the new quad-core allows users to manage simultaneous tasks faster and smoother, enabling them to run multiple tasks without slowdowns to applications,” said Rahul Sood, now chief technologist of HP’s global gaming PC business unit, in a statement. “This, combined with the ability to run highly threaded applications, puts our Extreme Quad-Core on the cutting edge of technology.”

Plus, we’re sure, it gives gamers a slight edge at LAN parties.

The Omen Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core features a system-wide silent cooling system with an advanced airflow layout, making the Omen line near-silent. The Omens will be available with a choice of Nvidia SLI or ATI Crossfire graphics cards and motherboard chipsets; the graphics cards are pre-overclocked and copper-cooled, letting users drive their monitors at resolution up to WQXGA (2,560 by 1,600 pixels); the units also feature swappable power supplies, and are fully upgradable.

Voodoo hasn’t released pricing information, but the high-end Omen line historically falls into the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category, with current Core 2 Duo SLI and Crossfire configurations currently running from $4,000 to $5,500. Save your pennies for November 14.