Compaq, Gateway Rush Out PCs with 1GHz Athlons

STOCKHOLM (03/06/2000) - Compaq Computer Corp. and Gateway 2000 Inc., in tandem with Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s launch of the 1GHz Athlon processor, today launched new systems powered by the speedy chip.

U.S. users aching to lay their hands on the first systems powered by the 1GHz Athlon are advised to contact Gateway. The direct PC vendor is now taking orders for 1GHz Select 1000 desktop PCs, with pricing starting at US$2,999, Gateway said in a statement.

AMD today beat Intel Corp. to the punch by announcing that it is shipping the 1GHz Athlons beginning today. [See "AMD Breaks Speed Barrier with 1GHz Athlon Launch," March 6.]Compaq, meanwhile, said it will begin taking orders in the U.S. for 1GHz Athlon-powered Presario 5900Z desktop PC models as of March 9. Pricing will begin at $2,499, Compaq said in a separate statement.

For that price, Compaq will sell a complete 1GHz Athlon Presario 5900Z model with a 17-inch monitor. Other features will include 128M bytes of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory), a 30G-byte hard drive, 40x CD-ROM drive, a Diamond Stealth S540 graphics card with 16M bytes of memory, JBL Pro speakers and a 56K-bps (bits per second) V.90 modem, Compaq said.

Compaq will take orders for the new models both over its Web site and through U.S. retail outlets, the company said.

Gateway's 1GHz Select 1000 model comes standard with 128M bytes of SDRAM, the company said. Aimed at small businesses and consumers, the PCs can also be customized with a range of graphics processor options and Ultra ATA 66 hard drives of up to 34G bytes, as well as various CD-ROM drive and audio card choices, Gateway said.

International launch plans were not immediately available.

Compaq Computer, in Houston, can be reached via the Web at http://www.compaq.com/. Gateway 2000 Inc., based in North Sioux City, South Dakota, can be reached at +1-605-232-2000 or on the Web at http://www.gateway.com/.

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