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HP servers use up to four Pentium Pros

New Hewlett-Packard servers have as many as four 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors.

Hewlett-Packard today released a new line of Intel-based servers that can use as many as four 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors, making the company one of the first top-tier vendors to ship a Pentium Pro server this powerful.

The new HP NetServer servers are optimized for running the Windows NT operating system and are targeted at the application server market. "HP and Intel have worked closely together" on the design, said David House, a senior vice president at Intel.

The new models include the HP NetServer LX Pro, with up to four 166-MHz or 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors complete with a 512KB Level 2 cache per processor. The LX Pro is expandable to 2GB of ECC memory and has 17 front-accessible storage bays, including 12 hot-swap shelves that support up to 109GB of internal storage with 9.1GB disk drives. Certain models include a dual-channel PCI disk-array controller that supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 6, HP said.

The LX Pro also boasts two PCI buses, which HP calls the "Dual PCI peer bus," resulting in increased performance over traditional server designs that use only one PCI bus.

HP has also announced the mid-range Pentium-based HP NetServer LH Plus and the mid-range Pentium Pro-based HP NetServer LH Pro featuring 166-MHz Pentium processors and 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors. Pricing starts from from $5,800 for the HP NetServer LH Plus and from $14,340 for the HP NetServer LX Pro 166.

Both the NetServer LH Plus and the NetServer LX Pro166 are expected to be available for order beginning in June with delivery in July. The NetServer LX Pro 200 and LH Pro are set to ship in the third quarter.