New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

Summary: 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.

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New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows VistaGateway 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]

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Microsoft, Networking, Operating Systems, Processors, Software, Windows

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  • Until...

    The VPN client developers (hi Checkpoint) get off their butts and give us 64-bit versions, there's no 64-bit in my future.

    This is the ONLY thing stopping me from going Vista 64-bit.
    BitTwiddler
  • Already made that mistake...

    purchased HP 64-bit Vista HP laptop 4gb etc. But...my main business tool software (consulting, using dictation software at home and while traveling) not only doesn't do 64-bit, it has 16 bit drivers that haven't been upgraded to 32 bit - ergo, it won't even run in compatibility mode. Back to 32 bit. Thanks Nuance and Dragon Naturally Speaking!!
    fire1
    • HP 64-bit

      I feel your pain fire1! In doing research 64-bit is supposed to be backward and forward compatible. Try to go ahead and install your software, it might surprise you and work. I know what everyone is saying about Vista, but most of it is Hype anyway. I think Vista is the best thing Microsoft has ever done. Also, I just got a 64-bit machine myselft with the 64-bit OS and all of my software was 32-bit. I blessed to be able to download 64-bit drivers for my printers. As for the software, I looked for upgrades, but there were none and I felt sick! After reading that 64-bit was backward compatible, I installed the 32-bit software that I had and all of it works! No glitches, not error messages, nothing. In fact, the apps work better on the 64-bit computer than they ever did on my old 32-bit system. Don't give up so quick. Even thought its a laptop, you may still have some options. God's speed with it.
      Gadget Girl
  • RE: New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

    Just got one 3 weeks ago and I love it. It's the best thing since sliced bread! It's the ultimate super computer without paying a mint for it. For what you get, I think it's reasonably priced and it will do just about anything from simple word processing to complicated video editing. It's fabulous. 64-bit is definitely the way to go, but do your research first before diving in. Gateway has won a customer for life!
    Gadget Girl