Dell and Hewlett-Packard PCs tout latest Pentium chip

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Dell and Hewlett-Packard PCs tout latest Pentium chip

Rivals Dell and Hewlett-Packard have rolled out PCs carrying Intel's latest 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processor, following the chip's launch earlier this week

Intel's latest chip is its first with hyperthreading for desktop machines, enabling it to execute multiple software threads more efficiently.

Dell announced the Dimension 8250 for consumers, the Precision 350 workstation, and the OptiPlex GX260 and SX260 for business users, all carry the chip as an option for users buying through Dell's build-to-order system.

A Dimension 8250 - with the Pentium 4, 512Mbytes of RDRAM (Rambus dynamic RAM), a 200Gbyte hard drive, a Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card from ATI Technologies, a DVD+RW drive, and an 18-inch flat-panel display - is listed at $2,999 (£1,898) on Dell's Web site.

The Precision 350 workstation will feature the new Pentium 4,512Mbytes of RDRAM, an 80Gbyte hard drive, the Fire GL E1 graphics card from ATI, a CD-RW drive, and an 18-inch flat panel display for $3,599. The workstation also comes with a three-year warranty, as opposed to the one-year warranty for the consumer machine.

Dell's business users can also chose from either OptiPlex model, with a sample configuration of the SX260 with the new Pentium 4, 256Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 20Gbyte hard drive, a CD-ROM drive, and a 15-inch flat-panel display for $1,854.

Hewlett-Packard will offer the new chip in its configurable Pavilion 793. A sample configuration of a low-end system comes with 128Mbytes of DDR SDRAM, a 40Gbyte hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive for $1,259. The midrange system adds a combo DVD/CD-RW drive, a GeForce 4 MX card from NVidia, as well as additional memory and a bigger hard drive for $1,699.

High-end users can opt for a sample configuration with 512Mbytes of DDR SDRAM, a 120Gbyte hard drive, a GeForce 4 Ti graphics card and a DVD+RW/+R drive for $2,099. All prices include a $150 rebate. The systems will not come with a monitor.

HP will make the chip available in its Compaq Evo D310 line of corporate desktops and workstations within the next few days.

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