PC vendors jump on 450MHz, Celeron bandwagon

PC vendors jump on 450MHz, Celeron bandwagon

Intel this week introduced its fastest PC processor to date, a 450MHz Pentium II processor, as well as new 333MHz and 300MHz Celeron processors, and PC makers followed suit with related news of their own.

Hewlett-Packard announced that two machines in its NetServer line of enterprise application, workgroup or departmental servers -- the LC 3 and the LH3 -- will ship in September with the new Pentium II 450MHz processor.

HP will also bring the new Pentium II and Celeron processors to selected models in its Brio business PCs, Vectra corporate PCs, and Pavilion PCs, according to a statement from the company. In the company's Pavilion line, 450MHz processors will be used by the Pavilion 8390 and 8395, the statement said.

NEC has also added Intel's 450MHz processor to its Direction line of PCs. Starting in September the company will offer 450MHz-based versions of its PowerMate 8100 series of corporate computers and its PowerMate 9000E PC workstation.

NEC also introduced new corporate desktops which use Intel's new Celeron processors. NEC's PowerMate 5100 series will be available with the new 333MHz and 300MHz processors in September.

Separately, IBM has brought the 450MHz Pentium II processor to both its PC 300 commercial PC line and its IntelliStation professional workstations. In addition, IBM PC 300GL commercial desktops will now feature Celeron, at speeds of either 300MHz or 333MHz.

Compaq has announced the availability of new models in its Deskpro EP and Deskpro EN Series, incorporating the new 450MHz Pentium II processor and the new Intel Celerons running at 333MHz and 300MHz.

Meanwhile, Gateway Australia has released its range of 450MHz and 333MHz Celeron processors. The family of products, aimed at the games, small business and multimedia markets, ranges in price from $2199 (inc tax) to $6599 (inc tax).

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