PC Briefs: Dataquest, Intel, Acer

PC Briefs: Dataquest, Intel, Acer

Q1 server shipments flat

Despite tough economic times, server shipments were flat worldwide in the first quarter of 2002 compared to Q1 2001, according to new figures released by Gartner division Dataquest. Worldwide server shipments for the quarter totalled around 1.088 million units, up 0.6 per cent from the same quarter last year, while the US market grew by 7.6 per cent. Compaq shipped the most servers worldwide in Q1 2002, moving 248,201 units, up 1.6 per cent from the same quarter last year. Subsequently, Compaq commanded the largest market share at 22.8 per cent, up slightly from 22.6 in Q1 2001. The biggest mover in terms of units shipped was Dell, while Hewlett-Packard lost the most ground worldwide, shipping 13.3 per cent less servers.

Intel ups chip speed

Intel has rolled out three of the company's fastest Pentium 4 desktop processors to date, introducing 2.53GHz, 2.40GHz and 2.26GHz chips. Designed to power high-end PCs targeted at users who prefer to stay at the top of the PC performance curve, each new Pentium 4 chip is supported by a 533MHz system bus. Earlier Pentium 4 chips communicated to the rest of the PC via a 400MHz system bus. The faster 533MHz bus will assist the increased clock speeds of the chips in delivering added performance to PC end users, according to Intel. All three new chips are supported by the 850e chipset.

Acer slashes notebooks prices

Acer has cut the prices of its TravelMate 630 series notebooks by between $200 and $500. The price reductions affect four models. The 633LC-XPH was previously $6299 and is now $5799, while the price of the 633LC-XPP model has been cut from $6499 to $5999. The 630XV-XPH and the 630XV-XPP both dropped $200 to $4799 and $4999 respectively. The price cuts are effective immediately.

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