HP serves up Athlon XP/nForce2 business desktop

C|Net is reporting that HP has launched another business desktop system featuring AMD's Athlon processor. Though large OEMs like Dell have shied away from Athlon processors, especially in business desktop systems, HP has always supported AMD.

HP's new d325 system will not only feature Athlon XP processors between 2400 and 3000+, but also NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset. Systems will ship with single or dual channel memory configurations, though only two DIMM slots are available. In another bold move for a business desktop from a major OEM, the d325 is available with Windows XP Professional or Mandrake Linux 9.1 Lite. Interestingly enough, it looks like a Linux-equipped d325 requires 256MB of memory, while Windows-powered systems are available with as little as 128MB of memory.

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the d325 is that it appears to make use of the nForce2 IGP's dual VGA outputs, providing multimonitor goodness in a very affordable business package.

Overall, the d325 looks like a very competitive package, especially when compared with similar systems from the likes of Dell. The fact that a Linux-based configuration is also being offered will only make the Athlon/nForce2-powered d325 that much more appropriate for businesses looking to support the underdog and get a pretty potent system, too.

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