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Gateway adds 3.06GHz Xeon to server lines

Intel's 3.06GHz Xeon processor has found a home in Gateway servers, a month after Dell began selling the chip in workstations on its website.

Intel launched the 3.06GHz Xeon with a 533MHz front-side bus, along with a 3GHz version that uses a 400MHz front-side bus. The front-side bus acts as the main highway for data transmitted between the processor and the memory, and is a key component when measuring performance.

Both chips feature 512Kbytes of level two cache, which also boosts performance by allowing more room for the processor to keep frequently accessed data close at hand.

The 3.06GHz version costs $722 (£452), while the 3GHz chip costs $658, both in quantities of 1,000 units.

Dell's Precision 450 and Precision 650 workstation lines have been available since February with the chip, which has also been available in workstations from Hewlett-Packard.

Gateway will offer the Xeon in its 960 and 980 server lines. The 960 will be available with a single 3.06GHz processor for $2,199, while the 980 costs $3,099 with one 3.06GHz Xeon. Both servers can be upgraded to dual-processor configurations.

Intel is expected to increase the clock speed and cache of the Xeon processor as it moves to its 90-nanometer process technology later this year. Xeon processors are extremely popular among IT managers migrating from Unix servers to clustered one, two, and four-way servers with Windows or Linux.


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