HP, Gateway start selling triple-core Phenom PCs

The world's biggest and third-biggest PC manufacturers have started offering machines based on AMD's new, triple-core Phenom processors in the United States, according to a report by News.com. Both systems include B2-revision Phenom X3s, which lack a hardware fix for the translation lookaside buffer erratum just like early quad-core Phenoms.

Separated at birth? Left: HP Pavilion a6430f. Right: Gateway GT5670. Source: HP and Gateway.

Starting with HP, the world's top PC maker has a new triple-core Pavilion a6430f desktop PC in stock and available from its U.S. website for $679.99. The Pavilion a6430f comes with a 2.1GHz Phenom X3 8400 processor, an Asus M2N68-LA motherboard with Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE integrated graphics, 3GB of DDR2-800 RAM, two 320GB 7200RPM hard drives, a DVD burner, a memory card reader, and a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1.

As for Gateway—which is now a fully owned subsidiary of Taiwanese PC maker Acer—News.com points out that the company sells a new Phenom X3-based GT5670 system through Best Buy. The new PC is available for just $549.99, and it has specifications very similar to those of its HP counterpart, down to the GeForce 6150 SE integrated graphics and memory capacity. However, the lower price tag gets you a single 320GB hard drive and DDR2 RAM clocked at 667MHz. The Gateway system also comes with Vista Home Premium SP1pre-installed.

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