HP Phoenix h9: Plenty of Power, Severe Identity Crisis.

HP's HPE Phoenix h9 certainly isn't hurting for power. Combining an eight-core AMD processor with up to 16 GB of RAM, discrete graphics and liquid cooling, who this PC is for exactly is a bit unclear.

The Phoenix h9 certainly brings to mind the Voodoo gaming machines of the past, but it's compact mini-tower will hardly woo the hardcore enthusiasts obsessed with Skyrim. And while it can probably handle all the HD video that a home theater junkie or video professional could throw at it, would they really want the flashy shell and glowing lights inside?

Whatever the case, the Phoenix h9, will be available for $1150 beginning on January 8. [HP]