HP has announced the launch of the Firebird "with Voodoo DNA", the successor to the HP Blackbird 002.

Stating that the machine "represents the beginning of a new paradigm for performance computing", as well as gaming, HP says the Firebird is designed for photo and video editing, music creation, and "other demanding tasks".

With an advanced thermal management system, HP says hallmark features of the HP Firebird include a sleek design, Intel Core 2 Quad processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800S small form factor graphics cards in SLI configuration and hot-swappable 320GB dual hard drives.

The HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA will be available online at www.voodoopc.com on 9 January starting at $1,799 and will be available from select retail stores in the States starting in February.