Gateway releases new desktop lines targeted at gamers and media artists

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Gateway took the wraps off of two new desktop lines today, the FX series targeted toward PC gamers and the LX series, targeted toward computer users who frequently work with digital media.  For once, it looks like a press release is living up to expectations as the FX6710, the new FX flagship system, sounds like a very good deal indeed.

The new FX6710-01 heads up the pack with a modest but capable offering.

 

Specifications:

  • Intel Q9400 (2.66GHz, 6MB L2 cache, 1333MHz FSB)
  • Radeon HD4850 video card (512MB GDDR3)
  • 6GB DDR2 RAM in dual-channel configurations
  • 750GB SATA II hard drive (7200 RPM, 16MB cache)
  • 18x SuperMulti DVD+/-RW with LabelFlash capabilities
  • 15-in-1 media card reader
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 4 rear)
  • 1 eSATA port
  • 2 FireWire ports (1 front, 1 rear)
  • 7.1 integrated HD audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Keyboard and mouse desktop set

Gateway’s new gaming desktop will retail for $1199.99.  That’s not a bad deal for a modest, pre-built gaming desktop.  It’s also nice to see that OEMs are finally starting to include more than 4GB of RAM as a standard configuration and pairing it with the 64-bit edition of Windows Vista.  Making the 64-bit transition is important from a consumer point of view, but it isn’t going to happen until it is absolutely necessary, so it’s good to see more and more OEMs stepping on board.  Overall it’s a decent value, but it would be nice to see some case differentiation; while very attractive, the FX series looks almost identical to the LX series, save for color swaps.

The second system Gateway introduced today was the LX6200-01, aimed at digital media creators.

Specifications:

  • AMD Phenom X4 9500 (2.2GHz, 2MB L3 cache and 3600MHz HT bus)
  • Integrated ATI Radeon 3200 graphics subsystem
  • Dual-purpose analog/digital TV tuner
  • 8GB DDR2 RAM in dual-channel configurations
  • 750GB SATA II hard drive (7200RPM, 16MB cache)
  • 18x SuperMulti DVD+/-RW with LabelFlash capabilities
  • 15-in-1 media card reader
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 4 rear)
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 2 FireWire ports (1 front, 1 rear)
  • 7.1 integrated HD audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Keyboard and mouse

Gateway’s new digital media machine will set you back $779.99, which I think is probably an even better value for your money for most consumers.  The biggest differences between this machine and the gaming box are the CPU and GPU.  While the CPU is admittedly less powerful, it’s still a quad-core unit, and with the addition of a recent ATI or NVIDIA graphics card, this would still be a very capable gaming computer.  It does feature a few things geared towards media content creation, with that 8GB RAM being very helpful when editing large photoshop files; the TV tuner also provides a handy medium through which you can get video onto the machine.

Both computers feature new case styles with additional functionality.  Pop-up units with easy port access can be raised when in use, and pushed back flush with the chassis when they aren’t needed.  Touch sensitive buttons are found on the top-front of the computer.  These buttons control media playback (video playback, playlists, TV, volume, etc).  They’re an interesting feature to add, as most desktops don’t include items like that.  Inside the case are either two or three open hard drive bays as well as 1 PCI-E x16 slot, 1 PCI-E x1 slot and 1 PCI slot.  Gateway has also made a few things more user-friendly, such as adding new hard drives: the process is claimed to be completely toolless.  You can just open the case, shove the hard drive in, and Vista will automatically configure it for use.  In a related vein, Gateway specifically added a ‘backup’ button to the front of the computer, as a reminder for consumers to back up important files.  For better or for worse, rather than trying to come up with a backup solution on their own, the button simply activates the built-in backup functionality native to Windows Vista.

 

Further reading:

LX6200-01 product page

FX6710-01 product page

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