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Sony taps Nvidia for new desktop PC

The Vaio PCV-RXA842 is Sony's first desktop based on Nvidia's nForce chipset, marking a step forward for how Sony systems use graphics technology.

Sony has made the switch to Nvidia for graphics performance in a new desktop PC based on the Athlon XP chip.

The new Vaio PCV-RXA842, introduced in retail stores over the weekend, includes Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon XP 2400+ processor. 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's previous AMD-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 were announced at the end of September.