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Compaq releases new Deskpros

Compaq rolls out upgrades to its Deskpro line of corporate computers that incorporate the latest Pentium II and Celeron processors.

Compaq has rolled out upgrades to its Deskpro line of corporate computers that incorporate the latest Pentium II and Celeron processors from Intel.

The refreshed lineup from Compaq follows a broad release of desktops that occurred two weeks ago when Intel first released the 450-MHz Pentium II and 300-MHz and 333-MHz integrated Celeron processors. Unlike the first Celeron processors, which met with a lukewarm response among computer vendors and customers, a number of vendors are placing greater emphasis on machines based on the new versions because Intel has cured many of the performance problems.

The new Celeron chips are also driving down prices. The integrated Celeron chips sell for $60 to $100 less than roughly equivalent Pentium II processors, which is prompting lower desktop costs.

In addition, Intel is expected to cut desktop processor prices substantially on September 13 and October 25, which will lead to desktop cuts. By then, a 350-MHz Pentium II will be the processor for the $1,200 to $1,500 computer while the Celeron boxes will be in the sub-$1,000 range.

The Deskpro EP and EN series are now both available with the 450-MHz Pentium II and 300-MHz and 333-MHz versions of the Celeron processor that come with 128K of performance enhancing cache memory. The EP series is Compaq's performance series for corporate users while the EN series is geared more toward budget buyers.

A Deskpro EP with a 300-MHz Celeron starts at $1,249 while models with the 450-MHz start at $2,229.

(Intel is an investor in CNET: The Computer Network).