Gateway has a handful of systems to announce this morning. The $559 slim tower SX2840-01 and the $849 DX4831-03 are updates to systems we've seen previously. The $1,699 FX6831-03 and the $1,299 FX6831-01 bear the familiar FX moniker, indicating Gateway's high-end desktops, but they feature a brand new case.
We're most excited for the SX2840-01, the newest version of the versatile
The DX4831-03 is a relatively standard-looking midtower. It's Gateway's first desktop with Intel's new 3.2GHz Core i5 650 chip, alongside a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT220 graphics card, 6GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM, and a Blu-ray drive. Blu-ray is relatively uncommon at this price, and the specs in general sound like this system would make a decent all-arounder, although gamers will likely want a better 3D card.
For the new FX models, the case is the most interesting story. It's a glossy, more stylized approach than
If the new case has a certain appeal, we're less sure about the specs of the new systems that use it. The $1,299 FX6831-01 seems reasonable, but we'd like to reconfigure the $1,699 FX6831-03. Both feature a 2.8Ghz Core i7 860 processor, a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5850 3D card, a 1.5TB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium. The $1,299 model gets you 8GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 memory and a standard DVD burner, and the $1,699 model comes with 16GB of RAM and a Blu-ray combo drive (plays Blu-ray Discs, plays and burns DVDs). The price seems fair enough for the hardware in both systems, but a faster 3D card would likely benefit gamers more than the FX6831-03's extra RAM.
All three systems are fixed configurations that should be available soon at the usual online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Keep an eye out for the corresponding reviews, as well.