PC makers hail PIII

The Pentium III preview event sponsored by Intel this week will be a coming-out party for PC makers and their latest wares. The 450-MHz version of the Pentium III processor will be priced at about $US500 and the 500-MHz about $US700. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, NEC and Dell all have machines based on the new processor.

The Pentium III preview event sponsored by Intel this week will be a coming-out party for PC makers and their latest wares.

According to sources, the 450-MHz version of the Pentium III processor will be priced at about $US500, most likely sealing the fate of the 450-MHz Pentium II, which is similarly priced. The 500-MHz version will cost OEMs about $US200 more.

Hewlett-Packard will be capitalising on the Pentium III launch, officially scheduled for Feb. 26, by refreshing its Vectra line of desktop PCs with the 450-MHz and 500-MHz chips, as well as three new form factors. The Vectra Vli8 will come in mini-tower, desktop, and small form factor varieties.

IBM will be on hand with two-way IntelliStation workstations, and will deploy the chip in its low-end GL desktop line and its high-end PL desktop line. Big Blue will offer the chips in three different form factors: desktop, minitower, and microtower.

The NEC Express5800 ES1400 server will sport the 450-MHz Pentium III, and the LS2400 and MC2400 will include both the 450-MHz and 500-MHz versions. On the desktop side, NEC will include both processor speeds in its PowerMate 8100 line of corporate PCs.

Dell Computer will include the Pentium III in its OptiPlex and Dimension lines. The chip will also be added to the company's Precision Workstation line.

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