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Gateway revamps its stance on overclocking, 24" displays

Gateway today introduced the FX530 Series Desktop PC. Geared towards enthusiasts, the FX530 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processor with ATI RADEON x1950 and x1900 CrossFire Edition Graphics. In addition, the FX530 will support Intel's next-generation Quad-Core processing technology when available.

All FX530 models are Microsoft Vista Premium Ready and are eligible for a for a free upgrade to Vista Home Premium via the Express Upgrade Program.

A surprising part of Gateway's announcement is that the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core processor can be ordered overclocked from the factory while retaining the full warranty. However, it is unknown what the clockspeed increase will be, or whether or not the end-user will have any control over clock frequencies.

"The Gateway FX530 Series delivers so many leading-edge technology options in the four areas that impact performance most -- processing, graphics, storage and system reliability," said Gary Elsasser, vice president, platforms. "Customers can choose the features in their PC that will have the greatest impact on what they're using it for -- such as high-end graphics for gamers or high-capacity storage for digital creation enthusiasts. Plus, advanced features like overclocked processors and RAID hard drive storage ensure customers are getting a high-powered system that also meets their strict reliability requirements."

Mentioned as part of the FX530 package is a 24" Widescreen LCD, which has yet to be officially announced by Gateway. The specifications for the 24" flat panel, as found in the already-available manual, list a native resolution of 1920 x 1200, brightness of 500cd/m², contrast ratio of 1000:1, 8ms response time and a 176 degree viewing angle all around.

The FX530 Series can be ordered now through Gateway's Direct channels and will begin shipping November 2. Separate orders and pricing for the 24" LCD are expected to be officially announced within a couple weeks.




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