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Gateway debuts 500 series desktop computers

The first sub-$1,000 PC available in retail with the new Intel 865G-based system board and fast Pentium 4 processors, the Gateway 500S delivers cutting-edge technology usually only seen in high-end PCs.  The Gateway 500S will be available in stock at Gateway(R) stores in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

“While Hyper-Threading has typically been reserved for high-priced PCs, we’ve now brought it to  mainstream system that is full-featured, yet ffordable,” said John Engel, senior vice president and eneral manager of esktop products, Gateway, Inc.  “Consumers will greatly benefit from Hyper- Treading when running multiple tasks at once, such as when playing a game hile burning an MP3, or while editing and storing digital video.”
Engel added, “This upcoming holiday weekend is a great time for families, tudents and anyone needing a new PC to come in to a Gateway store and see the peed and responsiveness of the Gateway 500 Series with new fast processors and Hyper-Threading Technology.”
“More consumers are using their PCs to manage digital music, video and photos, and Hyper Threading technology can make their experience faster and more enjoyable,” said Randy Wilhelm, vice president of Intel’s Desktop Platforms Group.  “We are pleased that Gateway is offering Hyper-Threading across its Gateway 500 Series desktops so that a wider range of consumers can do more with their PCs.”
Consumers can go to Gateway stores starting this weekend to test drive the Gateway 500 Series PCs with the new Intel(R) 865G-based system board and support for Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processors featuring Hyper-Threading Technology.  The Gateway 500 Series PCs also incorporate other performance improvements, such as a fast 800MHz front-side bus and 512MB of Level 2 cache.
The Gateway 500S PC, priced at $999(3), features an Intel Pentium 4 Processor 2.4GHz with Hyper-Threading, 256MB DDR SDRAM, 80GB of UATA 100 7200 RPM hard drive storage(4), a DVD-ROM drive, a CD-RW drive and a 17-inch color monitor (15.9″ viewable).  The Gateway 500X and 500XL, priced at $1,199 and $1,499 respectively(3), both now feature an Intel Pentium 4 Processor 2.6GHz with Hyper-Threading Technology.  The full configurations of the Gateway 500 Series line of PCs can be found at: http://www.gateway.com/home/prod/hm_dtp_complete500.shtml
Incorporating advanced new technology across its line of PCs, Gateway will also incorporate the new Intel 865G system board and new Intel Pentium 4 processors with Hyper-Threading Technology into its Media Center PCs. Featuring Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center, Gateway Media Center PCs integrate the best of digital entertainment with computing, allowing Gateway customers to watch TV, enjoy photos, music, and videos, surf the Internet, review finances and play games.  The new processors are also now included as a standard feature across the award-winning line of Gateway(R) 700 Series PCs.
Gateway’s business customers will also experience improved performance in multi-application environments with Gateway’s business desktop PCs featuring the Intel 865G-based system board with Hyper-Threading Technology.  These desktop PCs — Gateway(R) E-Series managed desktops, Gateway(R) Sb-Series small business desktops, and all-in-one Gateway(R) Profile(R) 4 PCs — will be available in early June.

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