HP Blackbird 002 to hit retail stores with GeForce 9800 GT

— 12:38 PM on June 9, 2008

Sometimes, the best way to learn about upcoming graphics cards is to check Asian rumor sites. Every once in a while, though, a major partner slips up and prematurely announces a product based on an unreleased GPU. We've seen graphics card makers do this, but the latest to follow the trend is the world's biggest PC vendor. HP has put out a press release to announce an exclusive, retail configuration of its Blackbird 002 gaming system that will feature "Dual SLI NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics cards."

The 9800 GT will presumably sit between the existing GeForce 9600 GT and 9800 GTX, and we've heard our fair share of rumors about it—rumors that suggest the card may be little more than an overclocked or die-shrunk GeForce 8800 GT. The new Blackbird 002 will include an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 processor, liquid cooling, 4GB of Corsair Dominator memory, 500GB of Serial ATA storage, five hot-swappable hard drive bays, and a 900W power supply. Expect to pay $3,299 for the whole bundle.

According to HP, this flavor of the Blackbird 002 will hit Amazon and Newegg as well as "select Best Buy, Circuit City, J&R and Micro Center retail stores" at an undisclosed date this summer. HP plans to release a list of availability dates and participating stores on June 29. In the meantime, the current Blackbird 002 config remains available from HP's website.

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