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It's a bit hard to buy Prescott Pentium 4s

Unless you want to build them yourself
Wed Jul 21 2004, 18:13
WE'VE HAD A BIT of a look around the usual suspects today to see when we'll be able to buy the 3.6GHz Prescott chip and it seems like it will be a while.

The Dell site has a 3.4GHz LGA 775 machine ready to configure, but the preliminary shipping date for that is the 5th of August, while the 3.6GHz machine isn't now expected until December.

More parochially, lists a boxed Pentium 4 560, a 1MB Socket 775 CPU. Our crib sheet tells us that the 560 is a 3.60GHz chip, although the site warns that long lead times are expected.

Evesham's "Prestige" range doesn't seem to have an Intel CPU in it greater than 3GHz.

Gateway is offering an E-6100-C which you can configure to a 3.4GHz/800 Pentium 4.

PC World here in the UK has a number of machines from HP and its own brand, Advent, with Pentium IIIIs running at 3.4GHz.

Of course, many system integrators and PC manufacturers are going to be working most of August while the rest of us have our feet up in Barbados, like Tony Blair and Cliff Richard.

But, as we reported when the Prescott Pentium 4s launched to a blaze of press coverage, the reality is that there just weren't too many machines available.

This is a bitter, but so far rather a phony war between Intel and AMD at the high end. And the first casualties are often review sites and news desks showered with press releases. µ

* NOT AT NEW EGG, though, which appears to be selling 520s pretty cheap.



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