New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

Gateway has overhauled its desktop line with new models ranging for the $550 budget DX series to the over-clocked FX gaming rig, which tops out at around $3,800. The most noteworthy part of the announcement is that several models (including some retail-only ones) are now available with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista
Gateway has overhauled its desktop line with new models ranging for the $550 budget DX series to the over-clocked FX gaming rig, which tops out at around $3,800. Some models are retail only; others are available direct from Gateway.

The most noteworthy part of the announcement is that several models (including some retail ones) are now available with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium. HP already offers several models with Vista 64-bit, and with more systems shipping with 4GB of memory, hopefully this is the start of a trend. Currently Dell only offers 64-bit operating systems on its Precision workstation laptops and desktops.

Here are the details on the new Gateway models:

Gateway FX7026

  • 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q9300
  • 4GB memory
  • 640GB hard drive
  • Nvidia 8800GT graphics with 512MB
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1
  • $1,100 (retail)

Gateway GT series (GT5670, GT5674, GT5676 and GT5678)

  • AMD Phenom triple-core and quad-core, or 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
  • 3GB or 4GB of memory
  • 320GB to 750GB hard drives
  • Integrated Nvidia graphics or ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics (GT5678 only)
  • Vista Home Premium 32-bit and 64-bit with Service Pack 1
  • $550 to $850 (retail)

Gateway FX541 series

  • Intel Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Extreme quad-core processors (over-clocked)
  • 3GB to 4GB of memory
  • 500GB to 1TB hard drives
  • Nvidia GeForce 8000 series (dual GeForce 8800GTX cards with 768MB on FX540XT)
  • Vista Home Premium 32-bit with Service Pack 1
  • $1,150 to $3,800 (direct)

Gateway DX442 series

  • 2.2GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 or2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
  • 2GB or 3GB of memory
  • 320GB or 500GB hard drives
  • Intel integrated graphics
  • Vista Home Premium 32-bit with Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Professional Edition
  • $550 to $1,000 (direct)

[Gateway press release]

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