WinBook introduces 64-bit Athlon system

WinBook introduces 64-bit Athlon system

The forthcoming WinBook PowerSpec 9420 tower PC from Micro Electronics Inc. of Hilliard, Ohio, can simultaneously handle processor- and graphics-intensive applications with Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon 64 3200+ processor with HyperTransport technology. Other WinBook desktop systems have Celeron or Pentium 4 processors.

Boasting a whopping 1M of Level 2 cache memory, the 9420 starts at $399 and goes up to $2,000 fully loaded. Regardless of price, however, it comes standard with the nVidia GeForce FX5950 Ultra graphics card with 256M of dedicated graphics memory. GeForce FX5950 is the highest-quality video card the GCN Lab has seen standard in a PC line.

The $2,000 PowerSpec 9420 also has a high-performance motherboard, 1G of PC-3200 DDR 400 memory, and a 160G, 7,200-rpm hard drive with 8M data buffer. Company officials said the operating system would be customizable, but they did not specify which OSes they would offer.

Stay tuned to GCN for the lab's Alterion benchmark scoring of the PowerSpec 9420 against comparable systems.

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