The new Vaio PCV-RXA842, introduced in retail stores over the weekend, includes Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon XPprocessor. The $999 Vaio PCV-RXA842 is Sony's first to be based on Nvidia's nForce chipset, marking a step forward for how Sony systems use graphics technology. A chipset acts like a PC's nervous system, shuttling data between components such as the processor and memory.
The nForce2, Nvidia's iteration of the chipset, offers a version that incorporates a graphics core that eliminates the need for a separate board, while granting the machine decent graphics performance, according to analysts.
The new Sony PC uses this version of nForce2 with built-in graphics. Sony'sAMD-based desktops used a chipset from Silicon Integrated Systems.
The new PCV-RXA842 PC also includes 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a CD-rewritable drive and DVD-ROM. Sony offers a $50 mail-in rebate that lowers the desktop?s price to $949, without a monitor.
The desktop joins a host of other new Sony desktops, based on Intel chips, which wereat the end of September.