Gateway Desktop Has Designs on High End

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-08-03 Print this article Print

The PC maker offers a desktop PC that can tackle computer-aided design.

Gateway is getting to the core of business PCs. The Irvine, Calif., PC maker on Aug. 3 rolled out the E-Series 6610, a high-end business desktop based on Intels new Core 2 Duo processor.
Gateway created the new desktop, which pairs Intels Core 2 Duo desktop chip and high-end 975x supporting chip set, to offer customers a heavy-duty desktop for demanding applications, such as computer aided design or video editing, company representatives said.
The desktop, which starts at about $1,200, can also be outfitted with stronger hardware to serve as a corporate workstation. As such, customers can add faster, SCSI-interface hard drives, error correcting code memory as well OpenGL-compliant graphics from Nvidia. Click here to read about how Gateway Intends to reinvigorate its direct sales arm. When configured as a desktop, it starts at $1,199 and offers features including and Intel Core 2 Duo E6300, 1GB of DDR2 RAM (double data rate 2 random access memory), an 80GB Serial ATA II interface hard drive, a multifunction DVD-burner, an ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card, Gateway said in a statement. Customers wishing to set the machine up as a workstation can add an Nvidia Quadro FX 550 OpenGL graphics card, high-speed SCSI hard drives and up to 4GB of ECC DDR2 RAM, Gateway said in a statement. An E-6610 configured with a Core 2 Duo E6300, 1GB of ECC DDR2 RAM, a 73GB SCSI drive operating at 10,000 rpms and the Quadro FX 550 card starts at just under $1,800, the PC maker said in a statement. Microsofts Windows XP Professional operating system and a three-year warranty are standard on both configurations, Gateways statement said. Gateways E-6610 machine joins workstations announced July 27 by Hewlett-Packard and Dell. The companies workstations, which include the HP xw4400 Workstation and Dell Precision 390, also offer the Core 2 Duo chip. They start in the $1,000 and $1,400 range, respectively. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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