Gateway serves up PIII 550MHz PCs

Intel's new 550MHz Pentium III processor has already made its way to market with a new desktop PC from Gateway.

The Gateway Performance 550, priced at $4399, incorporates a 550MHz Pentium III processor, 12.9GB Ultra ATA hard drive, 128MB SDRAM, 17in monitor, DVD IV ROM drive, 16MB graphics accelerator, 56K modem, Windows 98 and Corel WordPerfect Suite 8.0.

The new Pentium III processor is also available in Gateway's GP-Series of small business PCs.

The Gateway Performance 550 is part of the company's new Gateway Performance line, which together with the Gateway Essential line, replaces the G-Series of desktop PCs.

According to Gateway, the Performance line will deliver the latest technology and highest performance for enthusiasts and clients who want top-of-the-line performance. The line is fully customisable and features a wide range of component choices, the company says.

The second line, Gateway Essential, "is designed to meet the individual needs of the client looking for a full-featured multimedia system, [...] while maximising those features that are most important to the client's needs: processor speed, RAM amount and hard drive size," explains a statement from the company.

An example is the Gateway 466c, which features a 466MHz Celeron processor, 64MB SDRAM, 12.9GB Ultra ATA hard drive, DVD IV ROM drive and 8MB graphics accelerator.


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