Just in time for the holiday buying season, computer manufacturers announced Monday PCs they plan to ship with the Pentium 4, Intel Corp.'s newest, fastest microprocessor.
Dell Computer Corp. is shipping the Precision Workstation 330 with Pentium 4 processors at 1.4 and 1.5-GHz. Pricing begins at US$1,999, according to a Dell release. A sample configuration with a 1.4-GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 20G-byte hard disk drive, 128M bytes of memory, Matrox Millennium G450 graphics card, 48X speed CD-ROM and Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional sells for $2,228 on the Dell Web site.
Compaq Computer Corp. is also shipping a Pentium 4 computer, the Presario PC. A "family Internet PC" configuration Presario 7000 series with a 1.4-GHz processor, 128M-bytes of memory, a 20G-byte hard drive, a 40X speed CD-ROM and a Windows Millenium Edition operating system sells for $1,984 on the Compaq Web site. Compaq will also begin shipping Compaq Deskpro Workstation 300 and Deskpro EXS models with the Pentium 4 in mid-December, according to a company release.
Gateway Inc. consumer desktops with Intel Pentium 4 processors include the Gateway Performance 1400, Gateway Performance 1500 and Gateway Performance 1500 XL systems. The 1400 model with a 1.4-GHz processor, 128M-bytes of memory, a 40G-byte hard drive, a 16X/40X DVD-ROM drive and Windows Millennium Edition sells for US$1,999. Gateway's business systems with the new Intel processor include the Gateway E-4600 managed desktop, and Gateway Professional S 1500 and S 1400 small-business desktops. The E-4600 has a 1.4-GHz processor, 128M bytes of memory, a 10G-byte hard drive, 5 PCI slots, a 20X/48X CD-ROM drive and Windows 2000 Professional operating system for $2,399.
IBM's NetVista desktop line for consumers and businesses will ship with Pentium 4 processors in December, said Bob Page, IBM's media relations spokesman for NetVista. Starting at $2,199, the A60i model comes with a 1.4-GHz processor, 128M-bytes of memory, five PCI slots, a 45-G-byte hard drive, Windows Millennium Edition and an ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder card which grants digital video editing capabilities.
The Pentium 4 is Intel's first redesign of its processor since the Pentium Pro debuted in 1995. It uses a 400MHz system bus and carries 256K-bytes of onboard cache memory. In 1,000-unit quantities, 1.5-GHz chips are priced at $819 and 1.4-GHz chips are priced at $644, according to Intel's release.
Intel Corp. recalled the 1.13-GHz version of its Pentium III processor in August because of technical problems. Intel spokesmen have said they will relaunch the Pentium III in the second quarter of next year.
Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080, or via the Web at http://www.intel.com/.