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Gateway to release PC with hyperthreading chip

Gateway is to add Intel's forthcoming Pentium 4 processor to two of its high-end desktop PCs for consumers.

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Gateway is to add Intel's forthcoming Pentium 4 processor to two of its high-end desktop PCs for consumers.

The Gateway 700XL and the Gateway 500XL will start shipping next week with the processor, which features a technology Intel calls hyperthreading.

Hyperthreading increases application performance by efficiently processing tasks that run in the background, such as virus scans, while other tasks are running.

The technology allows applications written with multiple threads, such as Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, to run faster than they would on conventional processors.

The 700XL is configured with 512Mbytes of Rambus dynamic RAM (RDRAM), a 400Gbyte hard drive, and a 19-inch display is priced at $3,499 (£2,205). Users also get DVD and CD recordable drives and ATI Technologies' Radeon 9700G Pro AGP Graphics Accelerator card with the 700XL.

The 500XL comes with 256Mbytes of double data rate synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM), a 60Gbyte hard drive, and a DVD burner for $1,449. That price does not include a display and the model will only be sold at Gateway stores for a limited time.

Buyers will also be able to incorporate the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processor as an upgrade option on other models.

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