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IBM deploys new NetVista M-Series PCs

IBM has introduced three new PCs to its NetVista line of desktop computers. The new NetVista M-Series PCs quietly appeared on Big...

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IBM has introduced three new PCs to its NetVista line of desktop computers. The new NetVista M-Series PCs quietly appeared on Big Blue's Web site.

All three NetVista M-Series systems sport Pentium 4 processors supported by Intel's 845 chipset, according to the Web site. The 845 chipset began shipping earlier this month and enables PC makers to incorporate older synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) memory instead of the pricier Rambus DRAM (RDRAM) shipped with all previous Pentium 4 computers.

The NetVista M-Series' sharp-looking, dark-coloured tower design can be had in three pricing categories: "economy", "value", and "performance".

Economy configurations include a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 chip, 128MBytes of SDRAM, a 40GByte hard drive, CD-ROM and the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system.

Value systems deliver a 1.8GHz Pentium 4, 256MBytes of SDRAM, a 40GByte hard drive, CD-ROM and Windows 2000.

Performance NetVista M-Series PCs pack the latest 2GHz Pentium 4 chip, 256MBytes of SDRAM, a 40GByte hard drive, CD-ROM and Windows 2000.

Customisable through IBM's Web site, pricing for the NetVista M-Series ranges from $1,169 (£798) to $1,849 (£1,262), according to IBM.

The NetVista line is the centrepiece of IBM's PC offerings. But the computer maker has been steadily de-emphasising PCs as standalone products, choosing to focus instead on overall IT service as its bread and butter, according to officials.

IBM's PC strategy is reflected in its industry-ranking as a PC vendor. According to IDC research, IBM is the number five PC maker in the US, coming in behind Dell, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Gateway.

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