AMD scores win with Gateway

To say the whole TLB erratum issue has diminished the attractiveness of AMD's Phenom processors is probably an understatement. However, as ComputerWorld relates, the problem hasn't stopped PC vendor Gateway from ditching Intel in favor of AMD's latest desktop quad-core offerings in some of its freshly released GM- and GT-series retail desktops.

The GT Series starts at $549.99 with an Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor, and customers can pay an extra $200 or $300 for Phenom 9500-based models. As for the GM Series, folks can choose between an $899.99 system with a Core 2 Duo E4500 and a $1,149.99 system with a Phenom 9600. Gateway has gone all the way with AMD, too, outfitting each of its Phenom-based systems with a Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card. Other specs for the machines include 3GB of RAM as standard, one or two 500GB hard drives, and either an 18X DVD burner (on the GT series) or a hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD combo drive (on the GM).

Gateway's rationale for choosing Phenom over the alternative isn't too hard to figure out. Right now, the Phenom 9500 and Phenom 9600 retail for a respective $189.99 and $224.99, while Intel's cheapest quad-core is typically well over $250. With TLB erratum-free (and hence better-performing) Phenoms just a couple of months away and no cheaper Core 2 Quads on Intel's immediate roadmap, hopping on the AMD quad-core bandwagon now definitely seems like a sensible option for a big PC vendor.

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