Dell Computer is offering a 3.06GHz Xeon processor from Intel for Precision workstations on its website.
The chip features a 533MHz front-side bus and Intel's hyperthreading technology, which allows a user to execute background tasks on software written in multiple threads faster than conventional processors.
However, hyperthreading is supported only by Microsoft's Windows XP, and Dell allows the buyer to build a system with hyperthreading turned off.
The Precisions can be configured with two processors, and do not include a monitor. So far, Intel has only announced Xeon processors up to 2.8GHz.
A configuration of the Precision 450 workstation with the 3.06GHz Xeon processor, 256Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 40Gbyte hard drive, a Radeon VE graphics card with 32Mbytes of video memory from ATI Technologies and a CD-ROM drive costs $2,412 (£1,471) through Dell's site.
The chip is available on the Dell Precision 450, Precision 450n, Precision 650 and Precision 650n.