The PC industry is in a Pentium II frenzy, with vendors itching to unveil their new systems over the coming weeks.
IBM launched its PC 300 X1 line on Wednesday, part of the new PC300 family announced in April. Of the six models, four run on the 233MHz Pentium II processor and two on the 266MHz version and all MMX multimedia. One system runs Windows 95, and one is not pre-loaded; the rest run NT 4.0. Prices start at around #3,000.
AST?s Bravo LC 6233 is pre-loaded with NT 4.0, Landesk 3.0 and MMX capabilities. A set of tools, the AST Command Center, provides network management and administration; and AST-Intra Access provides Internet and Intranet capabilities. With a three-year warranty, AST?s entry level system costs #1,700.
Similarly, Gateway 2000, Dell, ALR, Acer and Compaq are announcing Pentium IIs, all claiming price/performance improvements. These new systems will force down the price of boxes running on the older Pentium and Pentium Pro chips, and there should be bargains aplenty for those who don?t need state-of-the art PCs.
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