Gateway on Thursday launched a new line of desktop PCs aimed at the back to school market, featuring Intel dual-core processors and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 across the entire line. The new machine also is built on a BTX chassis, which is a modification of the old ATX design.
The BTX chassis claims to provide better air circulation and heat dissipation for today’s faster processors, which give off more heat. Another positive of the chassis is the limiting effect it has on acoustic noise within the computer, meaning a much quieter system overall. The top of the line 840GM will include a Pentium D 830 dual-core processor running at 3.0GHz and 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM. Also standard with the system will be a TV tuner, a DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, and a 250GB hard drive. Three Firewire and seven USB ports are also included. The retail price for this unit will be $1,049.99 USD.
The 835GM, a step down from the 840GM, features a Pentium D 820 dual-core processor running at 2.8GHz, also with 1GB of RAM, with the same features as the 840GM. The machine will retail for $849.99 USD.
Along with the new Media Center PCs, Gateway also announced new 64-bit dual-core BTX systems across other portions of its line. The FX400 series will include the processors along with either 512MB or 1GB of memory standard, DVD rewritable drives, and up to 250GB hard drives. Prices will range from $1049.99 USD for the base model to $1999.99 USD for the top of the line model. All computers include a monitor.
News source: BetaNews