Intel 450MHz Xeon release prompts product flurry

Intel's announcement that its Pentium II Xeon 450MHz processor is out has prompted the usual and expected flurry of statements from vendors releasing workstations and servers using the faster chips. The new Xeons are intended for dual-processor workstations and servers, and a bevy of vendors have said they will release machines running on the Xeon 450MHz soon. Xeon 450MHz processors for four-way servers are expected to be released early next year.

Intel's announcement that its Pentium II Xeon 450MHz processor is out has prompted the usual and expected flurry of statements from vendors releasing workstations and servers using the faster chips.

The new Xeons are intended for dual-processor workstations and servers, and a bevy of vendors have said they will release machines running on the Xeon 450MHz soon. The processor has a 512Kb L2 cache and costs $US824 in 1,000-unit quantities. Xeon 450MHz processors for four-way servers are expected to be released early next year.

In the meantime, various vendors released statements in conjunction with Intel's announcement today:

-- Compaq Computer http://www.compaq.com/) will soon debut its Professional Workstation SP700 using the Xeon 450MHz processor. Priced starting at $US3,849, the workstation will offer a 4Gb 10,000 rpm Wide-Ultra SCSI hard drive, a graphics accelerator and Windows NT 4.0 preinstalled.

-- Dell Computer's Precision Workstation 610 line now comes in a Xeon 450MHz version starting at $3,266. For that price, users get a single 450MHz Xeon processor with 512Kb cache, 4Gb hard drive, 64Mb of RAM, a CD-ROM, graphics card and 17-inch monitor. A list of additional configurations and prices is available at http://www.dell.com/products/worksta/.

-- Gateway Inc. (http://www.gateway.com/) released a new server and a workstation. The ALR 7300 server is for small businesses and runs $3,799 for a 4GbUltra2 SCSI hard drive, 128Mb of RAM and one Xeon 450MHz processor. The server uses Intel's new 440GX chip set enabling dual 450MHz processors.

The E-5250 workstation also uses the chip set. With one Xeon processor, 512Kb of error-correcting code L2 cache, 256M bytes of RAM, one 9G-byte 7200 rpm hard drive, a 21-inch monitor, a PCI 10/100 Ethernet controller and a 8Mbgraphics card, the machine costs $4,999.

-- The TDZ 2000 GX1 ViZual Workstation line from Intergraph Computer Systems (http://www.intergraph.com/ics/), a subsidiary of Intergraph supports the Xeon 450MHz processor, starting at $4,225 with 2Gbof RAM, 100MHz SDRAM and Wide Ultra2 LVD SCSI.

-- In addition, IBM (http://www.ibm.com/) has announced the Intellistation Z Pro, running Windows NT and powered by one or two 450MHz Pentium II Xeon chips. It will be priced starting at about $4,150, features a 100MHz front side bus and 512Kbof L2 cache.

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