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Gateway Drops AMD for New Desktop Lines

You can still find the Select 1400, a desktop using AMD's 1.4GHz Athlon processor and SDRAM, on Gateway's Web site. But the cow-spotted computer company has quietly dropped AMD processors from its updated home and business desktop menu.

The previous Gateway Essential, Select, and Performance models have been replaced by the Gateway 300 series, featuring Intel's 950MHz, 1.0GHz, and 1.1GHz Celeron CPUs and Intel integrated graphics; the Gateway 500 series, pairing Intel's 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz Pentium 4 and new i845 chipset with SDRAM system memory; and the Gateway 700 series, based on the 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz Pentium 4 with RDRAM. All of the new computers have Microsoft Windows XP preinstalled.

Gateway's move from a mixed AMD/Intel to all-Intel lineup follows that of IBM's North American PC division and MicronPC's business and government PC business, although the latter vendor still offers its Athlon-powered Millennia Max XP2 for performance enthusiasts. This leaves only Hewlett-Packard and Compaq as mass-market PC vendors using AMD's Duron and Athlon processors.

Eric Grevstad is managing editor of sister site, HardwareCentral.