PIIIs and Celerons get speed boost

Intel has added two new processor chips to its lineup, boosting clockspeeds to 600MHz for Pentium IIIs and 500MHz for Celeron processors.

The 600MHz clockspeed is the fastest Intel has delivered to market thus far and represents processing speed gains of 7 per cent on 550MHz PIIIs and 13 per cent on 500MHz PIIIs, according to PC World tests.

Gateway and Dell have both announced systems incorporating the 600MHz PIII processor.

The Gateway Performance 600, priced at $4999, includes an 18GB hard drive, DVD drive, 128MB SDRAM, 19in monitor, 56K modem and Corel WordPerfect Suite 8.0.

Dell's XPS T desktop PC features the new 600MHz PIII processor, 64MB RAM, 25GB Ultra ATA hard disk drive, 32MB Diamond Viper V770D AGP graphics memory, a SoundBlaster Live 512V sound card, a built-in 250MB Iomega Zip drive and a 6x DVD-ROM drive.

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