Relative newcomer Dell has topped PC World's April Top 20 chart, moving up from the number 6 position where it debuted in March thanks to a 30% reduction in price.
Dell's Pentium-based Optiplex GXL 5150 is the first Dell machine ever to make the PC World chart, and while the physical characteristics of the machine have not changed since it made its entry last month, a price cut has managed to boost its rating.
The GXL 5150 includes 2Mb video ram and 16-bit sound card, features missing from PC Direct's Discovery 545 Pentium 120MHz system, the machine which held first place on last month's chart, now forced back to the number two slot.
A relatively good speed result and a reasonable price helped another new entry gain a top-five placing in this months chart, with Compaq's Prolinea 5100 appearing at number four. Although it is powered by a Pentium 100MHz processor, indicated its speed rating of 87 was an impressive result under Windows 3.1 test conditions.
The Pentium 100 is still hitting the price-performance sweet spot for most of the international brandnames, while more price-conscious vendors have now established a Pentium 120, Pentium 130 or faster chip as their new entry level.