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Intel Matches AMD With 1GHz PIII Chip

Intel kept pace with rival AMD in the race to roll out gigahertz-level processors today when Hewlett-Packard reported it will ship a new Pavilion desktop that features a 1GHz Pentium III chip.

Compaq and Gateway announced yesterday that PCs powered by AMD’s 1GHz Athlon processor would shortly become available. Max Baron, processor analyst for Cahner’s In-Stat Group, Sunnyvale, Calif., thought Intel might let some time pass before it entered the 1GHz category to soften the blow it received when AMD beat it to market.

The HP Pavilion 1G PC, suggested retail price $3,499, features 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives and a 10/100 Base T network card.