updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri April 11, 2008
Gateway FX Upgrade in Apr
Gateway is finishing its week with a significant upgrade to its FX Edition gaming notebooks that brings its first mid-size models. Previously limited only to the 17-inch P series, the FX name is now attached to the M series with a new model that provides relatively quick performance at a smaller size. The M-6850FX is slightly slower than the base P series with a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo and uses the cooler-running Radeon HD 2600 to provide better-than-average 3D to a category often neglected by PC builders. It also leaves little necessary to upgrade with 3GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive as stock. Gateway sells the system at retail shops for $1,000.
The American firm's P series FX flagship now also receives an official confirmation of a quiet upgrade made earlier in the week. The P-172X is the first FX portable to use a mainstream Intel Penryn-based chip and comes with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo as standard. Gateway's refresh is equally the first to ship with a full 4GB of RAM. It continues to draw heavily on the GeForce 8800M GTS as the heart of its game-friendly performance and comes with 320GB of hard drive space in a RAID stripe at the system's normal $2,000 price tag.
A new retail version is also the FX line's first 64-bit model. The system is aimed at a budget crowd with a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo but keeps the 8800M GTS and adds a 64-bit edition of Windows Vista Home Premium, partly futureproofing the system and allowing gamers to upgrade to 4GB of RAM (up from 3GB) that can be fully recognized by the OS. It sells for $1,350.
As a final addition, Gateway is also updating its less aggressive C, M, and T series notebooks. The C-142XL will add a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo and carries 3GB of memory, a 250GB drive, and Radeon HD 2300 video for $1,300 when it ships in May; the M-1626 at retail shares the same 64-bit OS as the retail FX model but uses a 2GHz Turion 64 X2, 4GB of memory, and a 250GB disk for $850. A new example of the 14-inch T series, the T-1628, shares the same processor on a 32-bit OS with 3GB of memory and 250GB of storage at $750.