London-based direct sales PC vendor Dan Technology is offering its 166MHz MMX Pentium-based systems at the same price as their vanilla equivalents until the end of January. Dan will also greet the MMX with three new lines: the Ultimate/mmx, Ultimate Plus/mmx and Home Plus/mmx, all available with 166MHz or 200MHz processors.
Dan technical director Chris Bakolas said he expects non-optimised productivity applications to run around 10 per cent faster than orthodox Pentiums, but expects apps tweaked for MMX to be boosted by 40 per cent or higher. The MMX release is "the most significant leap forward since we launched our first Pentium processor systems several years ago", Bakolas added.
All the new systems come with CD-ROM drive, sound card, speakers, and integral V.34 modem, Microsoft Works for Windows 95, Serif PagePlus 4.0, Microsoft Encarta 97 and the five MMX-optimised programs that all Intel OEMs are offering.
A Dan Ultimate/mmx with 166MHz MMX Pentium, 512Kb SPB cache, 32Mb EDO RAM, 2.5Gb hard drive, 17-inch monitor and choice of Iomega Zip drive or 2Gb Ditto tape drive costs £1,784 + VAT.