Gateway Rolls Out New Quad-Core Desktops

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Gateway has introduced two new desktop computers, specifically designed to appeal to gamers and digital media enthusiasts. The new FX6710 and LX6200 both feature quad-core processing, tons of RAM capacity, and speedy graphics processing at prices that won’t make customers feel like they’re shelling out for a high-end rig.

"Consumers looking to maximize their budgets as the holiday season approaches will appreciate these affordable, powerful, no-compromise systems that get the job done without breaking the bank," said Gateway’s senior manager for desktop products Glenn Jystad, in a statement.

First up, the FX6710-01 is Gateway’s latest gaming PC, and offers an Intel Quad 2 Core processor running at 2.66 Mhz, AT RAdeon HD 4850 graphics with 512 MB of video memory, 6 GB of RAM, a 750 GB SATA II 7,200 rpm internal hard drive, a 15-in-1 card reader, and an 18× DVD±RW burner with LabelFlash. The system also sports 6 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA port, two IEEE 1394a ports, 7.1 audio output…and, of course, Winows Vista Premium 64-bit. Prices start at $1,199.99, and the systems should be available now from retailers.

Next, the LX6200-01 goes after digital media fans with an AMD Phenom X4 9500 Quad Core processor running at 2.2 GHz, an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics controller, an integrated NTSC/ATSC television tuner, 8 GB of RAM, a 750 GB SATA II 7,200 rpm hard drive, and the same 15-in-1 card reader and 18× burner found in the FX6710. The LX6200 touts six USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI output, 2 IEEE 1394a ports, and 7.1 audio. The case features blue accents, and like the FX gamer series features pop-up and pop-out doors to get to ports and things like headphone and microphone jacks, along with LED indicators for things like LAN status and IR activity. The LX6200 ships with Windows Vista Premium 64-bit and should be available from retailers now for prices starting at $779.99.

Both systems feature a spacious chassis that should be able to accommodate (and cool) add-on storage and even the largest PCI cards, and an internal cable management system keeps things neat and tidy. Compared to high-end video editing and gaming rigs, these machines may not break any new ground…but you can buy a small truckload of them for the cost of a rockstar setup, and that’s gotta be an appealing feature.


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