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Gateway Adds 64-bit Chip To PC Line

Irvine, Calif. — Gateway today unveiled a new PC line that the company is describing as its most customizable products ever, even capable of utilizing Intel’s new Pentium 4, 600 series 64-bit microprocessor.

The Gateway 9310 Series is available immediately only through Gateway’s direct sales channels. The chassis design is optimized to take advantage of Intel Balanced Technology Extended architecture, which allows for better convection cooling of PC components. The chassis comes with seven empty bays and five PCI slots. At the highest end the customer can add a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of DDR2 memory and Gigabit Ethernet networking through the company’s configure-to-order engine. However, Gateway’s preconfigured models start with the 9310S, suggested retail price $1,099, which is equipped with a Pentium 4 3GHz processor, 512GB of RAM, 17-inch flat panel monitor, DVD/CD-RW burner and an nVidia 128MB 6200TC PCI-E Video Card.

Fully equipped models will cost in excess of $2,000.

For consumers interested in lower priced PCs, Gateway introduced three other configure-to-order models, the 3310S, 5310S and the 7310S.

The first has a $499 starting price and can powered by one of several Intel Celeron processors; the next model allows the consumer to step up to a Pentium 4 processor and add as much as 2GB of DDR SDRAM memory and SATA hard drives for a $599 suggested retail price.

The 7310S, $799, has Pentium processors with Hyper Threading Technology and a PCI Express slot.