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New Core 2 Duo systems from Dell, HP, Gateway, Alienware, and others

New Core 2 Duo systems from Dell, HP, Gateway, Alienware, and others

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Dan Ackerman Editorial Director / Computers and Gaming
Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of computers and gaming hardware. A New York native and former radio DJ, he's also a regular TV talking head and the author of "The Tetris Effect" (Hachette/PublicAffairs), a non-fiction gaming and business history book that has earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Fortune, LA Review of Books, and many other publications. "Upends the standard Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg technology-creation myth... the story shines." -- The New York Times
Expertise I've been testing and reviewing computer and gaming hardware for over 20 years, covering every console launch since the Dreamcast and every MacBook...ever. Credentials
  • Author of the award-winning, NY Times-reviewed nonfiction book The Tetris Effect; Longtime consumer technology expert for CBS Mornings
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Even though we lifted the lid on the new CPUs last week, along with early reviews of systems from Falcon, Dell, and Velocity Micro, there are even more desktops with Intel's speedy new chips being announced today.

We managed to get our hands on a few of these new systems, so the full scoop on the Dell XPS 410, the HP Pavilion d4600y, the Alienware Area-51 7500, and the Velocity Micro Raptor DCX is just a mouse click away.

We're also looking forward to getting our hands on Gateway's next-gen systems, the FX510XG, with a Core Duo E6400, and the FX510XT, with a Core 2 Extreme X6800. Both were announced today and start at $2,199 and $3,999 respectively. (Interesting to note that these Gateways come with ATI X1900 XT video cards--an interesting choice for a flagship Intel-based system in light of AMD's just-announced plan to purchase ATI.)