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200 MHz at entry level

Dell has begun large shipments of a 200-MHz Pentium system, an indication that Intel is finally shipping the fastest Pentium processor in volume.

Dell Computer (DELL) began large shipments of a 200-MHz Pentium system, an indication that Intel is finally shipping the fastest Pentium processor in volume.

To date, this chip has had only limited availability. A Dell marketing representative confirmed that the chip is now shipping with "standard [reduced] lead times" of ten days for new systems. Intel also indicated that the chip is shipping in volume.

The Dell Dimension P200v is a system designed for small and medium-sized business and home users. The P200v "represents the first time Dell has offered the fastest available Pentium processor in an entry-level system priced less than $2,000," the company said.

For $1,999, the Dell Dimension P200v minitower system comes configured with 16MB of synchronous DRAM, 256 KB of pipeline burst cache memory, a 2.1GB hard drive, a Dell 15TX Trinitron monitor, 64-bit graphics with 2MB of video memory, an 8X CD-ROM, Windows 95, and a three-year limited warranty.

Other features of the Dell Dimension P200v include:
--Intel's 430VX Pentium processor chipset.
--An integrated Trio V+ video subsystem, which supports 16.7 million colors at 800-by-600-pixel resolution and has a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 1024 pixels at 75Hz.
--A new easy-access chassis featuring case thumbscrews and improved cooling and ergonomics.
--Factory-installed options include a 16-bit sound card and speakers for $99, a 28.8-kbps fax-modem for $129, network interface cards, tape backups, larger monitors, and the Microsoft Office Professional application suite.