When Intel's next generation 64bit Merced processor finally starts to appear in volume next year, it could be the perfect gamer's machine.
The microprocessor is being positioned as a heavyweight beast for the corporate server marketplace, but with tweaking could run the fastest Quake on the planet, it has emerged.
Although Intel is still publicly denying that it will eventually replace the IA32 platform, it's likely that clever motherboard manufacturers may turn out models to do the business for the lucrative games market.
High end gamers are undeterred by the high price such a machine would attract, as long as it could pound the opposition into the ground.
And Intel might end up selling more Merceds than it thought it might, once the games companies wrote the right code for the 64bit chip.
Intel is expected to start production of Merced at a modest 750MHz or so, but will rapidly increase speeds on the platform.
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