Just in time for the holiday season, Gateway has announced the availability of two new high-performance gaming desktops featuring the new Intel Core i7 platform.
The Gateway FX6800-01e and Gateway FX6800-05 are among the newest batch of desktops announced today featuring a new Intel Core i7 processor and Intel X58 Express chipset. The Gateway FX6800-01e is the more affordable of the two systems, offering a good mix of performance and value, while the Gateway FX6800-05 places emphasis on premium performance.
The Gateway FX6800-01e comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-920 quad-core processor (2.66 GHz | 8 MB L3 Cache | 130 W TDP), an ATI Radeon HD4850 graphics card with 512 MB video memory and 3 GB of triple-channel DDR3 1066 MHz RAM. The Gateway FX6800-01e also comes with a 750 GB 7200 RPM HDD, an 18X DVD burner, a 15-in-1 media card reader with Smart Copy Button, HDMI, eSATA and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Already we can tell that this system should be able to handle modern games with ease, but more than 3 GB of memory would have been nice to see considering the included 64-bit operating system.
For those consumers who are not content with mainstream performance, the Gateway FX6800-05 takes things up a notch, but at a cost. The system features an Intel Core i7-940 quad-core processor (2.93 GHz | 8 MB L3 Cache | 130 W TDP), an ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card with 2048 MB video memory and 6 GB of triple-channel DDR3 1066 MHz RAM. The system also comes with a 1000 GB 7200 RPM HDD, an 80 GB SSD, an 18X DVD burner, HDMI, eSATA, a 15-in-1 media card reader with Smart Copy Button and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Both systems can be included with Blu-ray optical drives, if desired.
The Gateway FX6800-01e and the Gateway FX6800-05 are available now from leading retailers with a MSRP of $1,249.99 and $2,999.99, respectively.
I guess I'm getting a bit off-topic. Didn't Gateway move to an all-retail distribution model within the last year or so? Interesting to see them play to the upper-mainstream market with these new machines. I like the new cases, their old grey/beige machines were butt-ugly.