New Gateway DX420 Multimedia PC Features Popular High-Performance Technologies Traditionally Found in High-End Gaming Systems

Sep 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Gateway, Inc.

    IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kicking off the
 holiday season with a powerful new multimedia desktop PC, Gateway today
 announced the immediate availability of the Gateway(R) DX420 Series PC, a
 home system loaded with premium technologies and advanced features
 typically found only in the company's high-end desktops.
     The DX420 includes the latest Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processors, a
 choice of high quality graphics cards and super fast 10K Western Digital(R)
 Raptor(R) hard drives. Combined with RAID technology for leading
 reliability and increased performance, the DX420 is a powerful multimedia
 system that bridges the gap between value and high-end computing.
     Its advanced features and high degree of customization offer
 flexibility and solid performance to a wide range of applications. It is
 ideal for intermediate to experienced customers looking for a powerful
 mid-range desktop that can easily handle audio visual and media center
 duties. Starting at $599.99 and available via Gateway's Direct channels
 ( or 1-800-GATEWAY), the DX420 is an affordable, yet
 powerful solution for home PC enthusiasts.
     "Multimedia enthusiasts will find the DX420 an ideal multimedia hub for
 the home," said Todd Titera, senior manager, consumer desktops, Gateway.
 "With the breakthrough speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the latest
 Intel P965 chipset, up to 4GB of 667MHz memory and enhanced graphics, it is
 powerful enough for digital content creation, gaming or media center
 duties, such as managing a library of MP3 music downloads or recording and
 watching favorite TV shows."
     Providing stellar video clarity and playback, the DX420 offers a wide
 range of discrete graphic card choices, including the 256MB NVIDIA(R)
 GeForce(R) 7600GS. In addition to standard 7.1 audio support, the Gateway
 DX420 Series comes with the option of a Creative(R) Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi
 Audio card for high fidelity surround sound audio capabilities, making
 video, games and music come to life.
     Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 provides an
 easy-to-use interface for viewing photos or video, listening to music or
 watching DVDs or TV. With MCE and an optional TV tuner, the DX420 can be
 used to watch, pause, rewind or record live TV.
     Photo and video buffs will find the DX420 easily handles digital video
 editing and photography applications. Customers wanting to pursue creative
 photographic endeavors such as digital scrap booking or editing home movies
 of soccer games, birthday parties or dance recitals will appreciate the
 fast processor, large amount of memory and robust storage. The superior
 discrete graphics options allow users to enjoy crisp, life-like images and
 extraordinary animation, all the time.
     A multi-format double-layer DVD burner and 9-in-one media card reader
 are included as standard, allowing for easy back up, copies, and data
 transfer between the PC and consumer electronic devices.
     With a wide range of fast hard drives, users can outfit the DX420 with
 speedy 150GB 10,000 RPM Raptor drives or super sized 750GB drives(1) --
 providing up to 1.5TBs(2) of storage -- ample room for treasured family
 photographs and home videos.
     For those with enormous photo and/or music libraries, RAID options
 allow users to design the DX420 with the drives best suited to their needs;
 RAID 0 for increased performance or RAID 1 for data protection, providing
 complete redundancy of critical data or priceless photo and video images.
     In addition to multimedia and photography applications, the DX420 is a
 great solution for home office and productivity tasks. Configurations of
 the new Gateway DX420 PC are either Microsoft Vista(TM) capable or
 Microsoft Vista Premium Ready(3).
     Intel Viiv(TM) capable, the DX420 also provides a technology framework
 for easy content sharing throughout the home. Using the advanced features
 of Viiv, setting up and managing a home network is easier than ever.
 Combined with the system's wireless options or integrated 10/100 Intel
 Ethernet, customers can effortlessly share information among multiple PCs
 in the home.
     With RAID configurability and a uBTX chassis, it offers a high level of
 reliability and dependability. The BTX architecture more effectively cools
 internal components, allowing it to easily handle the fastest processors
 and power-hungry graphics. As a result, the design increases the overall
 reliability of the system and extends the life of key components by up to
 82 percent over traditional ATX designs(4). Also, the chassis is tool-free,
 so customers can quickly and easily add or update cards, hard drives and
 optical drives.
     Security Features
     To protect the customer's data and investment, Gateway DX420 Series
 desktop PCs are pre-installed with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet
 Security Suite(TM) (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and
 Parental Control)(5). A pro-active service tool called BigFix(R) is
 included at no charge on all Gateway systems(6). With the customer's
 permission, BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates to
 enhance the performance or capabilities of the PC.
     Gateway DX420 Series Configurations, Pricing and Availability
     Available now direct from Gateway, the new DX420 Series desktop PCs can
 be configured-to-order with popular features and technology. Ready-to-ship
 configurations and pricing follow:
                          DX420B              DX420S              DX420X
     Operating System  Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows  Microsoft Windows
                       XP Media Center   XP Media Center    XP Media Center
                       Edition 2005      Edition 2005       XP Media Center
     Processor         Intel(R)          Intel(R)           Intel(R)
                       Core(TM) 2        Core(TM) 2         Core(TM) 2
                       Duo E6300         Duo E6300          Duo E6300
     Chipset           P965              P965               P965
                       Viiv 1.6          Viiv 1.6           Viiv 1.6
     Memory            512MB 667MHz      512MB 667MHz       1024MB
                       DDR2 SDRAM        DDR2 SDRAM         667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
     Hard drive(2)     160GB 7200        250GB 7200 RPM     2 x 250GB 7200 RPM
                       RPM SATA II       SATA II            SATA II
     Speakers          Optional          GW 2.0             GW 2.0
     Media reader      9 in One          9 in One           9 in One
     Optical drive     DVD+/- / R+/-RW   DVD+/- / R+/-RW    DVD+/- / R+/-RW
     Expansion slots   1 PCI-E x16,      1 PCI-E x16,       1 PCI-E x16,
                       1 PCI-E x4 and    1 PCI-E x4 and     1 PCI-E x4 and
                       2 PCI             2 PCI              2 PCI
     Display           Optional          17-inch LCD        19-inch widescreen
     Video             NVIDIA 7300LE     NVIDIA 7300LE      NVIDIA 7300LE
     Limited           1-year            1-year             1-year
     Price             U.S. $599.99      U.S. $799.99       U.S. $999.99
     Warranty, Service and Support
     The new PCs are supported by the company's standard limited warranty
 options(7). Additional service and support options are available. Gateway's
 commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line
 of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. The
 company's extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC
 investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives
 and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues
 and upgrading.
     About Gateway
     Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE:   GTW)
 has been offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers,
 businesses, government agencies and schools with highest quality and
 service and best overall value. Gateway is now the third largest PC company
 in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company's value-based
 eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while
 the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and
 phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See
 for more information.
     (1) Available October 19, 2006.
     (2) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion
         bytes.  TB = I trillion bytes.
     (3) Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista(TM) may
         require additional hardware
     (4) Accolade Engineering Solutions, January 2005.  The Arrhenius
         Acceleration Reaction Rate Model is used to estimate the improvement
         in mean time to failure (MTTF) based on temperature of the component.
     (5) 90 days of complimentary updates included.  Internet connection
     (6) Internet connection required.
     (7) Limited warranties and service agreements apply; visit or
         call 1-800-846-2000 for a free copy.  Service agreements are issued
         and performed by third parties.  May not be available in all
         locations.  On-site service technician will be sent if necessary,
         following phone-based troubleshooting.  Availability varies.  Other
         conditions apply.

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