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.
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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.