Dell, Compaq, HP, NEC Back New Intel Chip

Dell Computer Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and NEC Computer Systems Division all announced today that they would add Intel Corp.'s Deschutes chip to their respective products. The chip, Intel's new 333MHz Pentium processor, was released yesterday for high-end desktop PCs, workstations and servers.

Dell Computer Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and NEC Computer Systems Division all announced today that they would add Intel Corp.'s Deschutes chip to their respective products.

The chip, Intel's new 333MHz Pentium processor, was released yesterday for high-end desktop PCs, workstations and servers.

Dell has added the new chip to its Dimension XPS D33, OptiPlex GXa333 desktop PC and the Workstation 400 computers, and PowerEdge 2200 and 4200 servers.

-- The Dimension XPS D333, new to the Dimension XPS line, features the Intel Pentium II 333MHz processor, 64M bytes of SDRAM memory, a 6.4G-byte hard drive, an AGP video card from STB with 4M bytes of video memory, integrated sound, Altec Lansing ACS-90 speakers, Windows 95, Office 97 Small Business Edition, Microsoft Plus Encarta 98, McAfee Virus Scan and a 17-inch color monitor. It's priced from US$2,211.

-- The OptiPlex GXa333 desktop PC configured with 32M bytes of SRAM, a 3.2G-byte hard drive, integrated enhanced audio, AGP video with 4M-byte video memory, 12X to 24X variable speed CD-ROM, an integrated 10/100 Ethernet network, WIndows 95 and a 17-inch color monitor will be priced at $2,492.

-- The Workstation 400 configured with a single 333MHz Pentium II processor, 64M bytes of RAM memory, 3.2G-byte hard drive, a 12X to 24X variable speed CD-ROM, a 19-inch monitor, Matrox Millennium II graphics accelerator with 4M bytes of video memory and WIndows NT Workstation is priced at $3,300.

-- The new chip will be available in the PowerEdge 2200 next month and the 4200 this quarter in single or dual processor configurations. Pricing will begin at $2,859.

HP also added the new chip to its Vectra PC, which will be available March 1 for $2,450. It features 64M bytes of SDRAM, a 6.4G-byte hard drive, the Matrox Millennium II graphics controller with 8M bytes of WRAM, a 24-maximum speed CD-ROM drive, 16-bit SoundBlast Pro-compatible sound card and Windows NT Workstation 4.0.

Compaq's Deskpro 4000 and 6000 lines will feature the Intel chip, and will add it to future versions of Professional Workstations.

-- The Deskpro 4000 features a Matrox MGA-1064 graphics card with 2M bytes synchronous DRAM, a 3.2G-byte Smart II Ultra ATA hard drive, a 32M-byte SDRAM, and an autosensing Compaq Netelligent 10/100 TX UTP Network Interface Card (NIC) with Remote Wakeup. It is priced at $2,599.

-- The Deskpro 6000 includes a Matrox Millennium II accelerated graphics port card with 4M bytes of WRAM (window RAM), an autosensing Compaq Netelligent 10/100 TX UTP NIC with Remote Wakeup, a 4.3G-byte Ultra SCSI hard drive, a 24X maximum CD-ROM with Business Pro Audio, 64M bytes of SRAM and Windows NT 4.0. It starts at $3,799.

NEC's PowerMate Enterprise 8000 will also feature the new Intel chip, and will range in price from $1,999 to $2,749 depending upon configuration. It also includes AGP architecture, a 3.2G-byte Ultra DMA EIDE hard drive, Intel 10/100 Ethernet with Wake-on-LAN support, 16-bit SoundBlaster Audio, and 24X CD-ROM.

Dell, in Round Rock, Texas, can be reached at +1-512-338-4400 or at http://www.dell.com/.

Hewlett-Packard, in Palo Alto, California, is at +1-650-857-1501 or at http://www.hp.com/.

Compaq, in Houston, is at +1-281-370-0670 or at http://www.compaq.com/.

NEC, a Mountain View, California-based division of Packard Bell NEC Inc., can be reached at http://www.nec-computers.com/.

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