Gateway intros new gaming and media-friendly PCs

By on February 2, 2010, 11:16 PM
Gateway has announced a batch of new gaming and media-friendly desktops, with systems spanning the FX (mainstream gaming), DX (mini-tower), SX (small form factor), and ZX (all-in-one) series -- all of which ship with Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

The FX line represents the traditional gaming PC, and Gateway has detailed two new configurations, one priced at $1,300 and the other at $1,700. The least expensive includes a 2.8GHz Core i7-860, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, a 1GB Radeon HD 5850, 1.5TB of storage, a DVD burner, 7.1 HD audio, and various I/O connections. An extra $400 gets you 16GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive.

The DX series is more compact with a mini-tower chassis, but still seemingly adequate for the average game or media buff -- and it's cheaper, too. At $850, the DX4831-03 offers a 3.2GHz Core i5-650, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, a 1GB GeForce GT220, a 1TB "variable RPM" HDD, DVD and Blu-ray drives, 7.1 HD audio, and slightly less connectivity than the FX.

Scaling down further is a new entry in the small form factor SX line. Priced at $560, the SX2840-01 packs a 2.93GHz Intel Core i3-530 and GMA X4500HD, 6GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, a 1TB "green" HDD, 5.1 HD audio, spare PCIe x16 and x1 slots, a multi-card reader, a "photo frame button", as well as nine USB 2.0, eSATA, VGA, HDMI and S/PDIF ports.

The most humble is Gateway's all-in-one ZX4800-06. Priced at $750, features include a 20-inch 1600x900 touchscreen, an Intel Pentium T4400 and GMA X4500HD, 4GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM, a 750GB 7200RPM HDD, a DVD burner, 5.1 HD audio and 5W speakers, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and similar connectivity options as the other systems.

Catch the press release after the break.

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 3, 2010 – Gateway today announced the addition of new models and features across its line of gaming, multimedia and small form factor PCs.

The FX Series of affordable gaming PCs gets a redesign that includes a modernized chassis and new lighting accents.  The DX line of multimedia PCs and SX small form factor PCs both now include eco-friendly 1TB drives and powerful Intel Core i5 and i3 Processors, respectively.  In addition, the FX and DX now include models with Blu-ray drives. 

FX Series Desktops – Continuing to Redefine the Mainstream Gaming PC

With a newly designed chassis, Gateway’s value line of gaming PCs continues to break all the rules, managing to pack more performance and features than ever before into a powerful PC that blows the doors off competitively priced systems.  The new design maximizes usability and includes numerous additions that enhance the computing experience.

The new FX design makes it easy to access and use key features, providing simple and quick access to ports and peripherals.  The top front of the PC includes high-def headphone and microphone jacks, while an angled media card reader makes it easy to insert, remove and transfer data from cameras and other devices.  This can be especially helpful when the PC is placed under a desk.

A handy recessed storage tray on the top of the chassis makes it easy to place cameras, smartphones and MP3 players when downloading files.  At the back of this tray, users will find two additional USB ports, which provide convenient connectivity for miscellaneous peripherals.  Just behind this recessed area is an enclosed rear compartment which provides a place to store and hide the excess cables from any peripherals placed on the tray.

The control dial for the system’s adjustable lighting effects can also be found on the top front of the unit, as well as the Photo Frame, stand by and backup buttons.

Boasting a 1.5TB drive, FX users will have plenty of room for photos, movies, music libraries and more. Tool-less expansion bays provide additional storage room for growth and backup.  A convenient access door on the front of the PC conceals two external hard drive bays, and glides down effortlessly with a slight push on the front latch.  Eject buttons for the optical disk drives are also conveniently and seamlessly integrated into the front sides of the PC.

Not to be outdone by its user friendly features, both new models in the FX line feature ATI Radeon HD5850 graphics and the Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor with Turbo Boost Technology for killer performance.  The FX6831-03 also boasts a Blu-ray drive and 16GB of DDR3 memory, making it a true gaming solution.

Gateway® FX6831-03
MSRP:  $1,699.99

  • Intel® Core i7™ 860, 2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.46GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD5850 w/1GB discrete video memory
  • 16GB memory (DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz)
  • 1.5TB SATA hard drive (1) (7200RPM)
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti
  • Blu-ray disc 4X BD-ROM / DVD-SuperMulti Drive
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Gateway® FX6831-01
MSRP:  $1,299.99

  • Intel® Core i7™ 860, 2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.46GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD5850 w/1GB discrete video memory
  • 8GB memory (DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz)
  • 1.5TB SATA hard drive (1) (7200RPM)
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

SX Series Desktops – Tiny Desktops Big on Performance

Gateway has also enhanced its award winning SX Series small form factor desktop. 

The SX2840-01 features the powerful Intel Core i3 530 processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.  This tiny little PC offers capabilities that rival those of many full-size tower desktops providing enough muscle to be used as a primary PC, while fitting nicely in a dorm room, kitchen or home office.

In addition to its top-notch horsepower, its small size and HDMI port makes it ideally suited for use in a main living area, where it can easily be used to power a home theatre system.

The new SX also features a handy device holder and front accessible multi-in-one card reader for ease-of-use.  The Photo Frame button turns an attached monitor into a slide show of favorite photos, another nice feature when used in a main living area.  Consumers will also appreciate the eco-friendly 1TB Green Product Hard Drive, which uses a variable RPM, consuming less energy while staying cool and quiet.

Gateway® SX2840-01
MSRP:  $559.99

  • Intel Core i3 530 (2.93GHz) processor
  • Integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics
  • 6GB memory (DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz)
  • 1TB SATA (green product - variable RPM)
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

DX Series Desktops – Multimedia Workhorses now Offer Blu-Ray Drives

Gateway’s multimedia powerhouse line, the DX Series, now includes a model configured with the powerful Intel Core i5 650 processor and a Blu-ray drive.  Combined with NVIDIA GeForce graphics and 6GB of memory, the DX4831-03 is ideal for running demanding applications, casual game playing and graphic-intensive content creation.

Gateway DX4831-03
MSRP:  $849.99

  • Intel Core i5 650, 3.2GHz w/Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.46GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT220 w/1GB discrete video memory
  • 8GB DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz
  • 1TB SATA (green product - variable RPM)
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
  • Blu-ray disc 4X BD-ROM / DVD-SuperMulti Drive
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning products and world-class service to customers worldwide. Gateway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acer Inc., the world's third-largest PC company. See www.gateway.com for more information.





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Jesse Jesse said:

So what do you think about gateway reliability these days?

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Jesse Jesse said:

That FX series looks awesome but i've been wary of gateway in recent years.

thatguyandrew92 said:

Jesus the 220. That's not a gaming card.

Timonius Timonius said:

thatguyandrew92 said:

Jesus the 220. That's not a gaming card.

You're right they put in the 'casual' gaming category. It is not on their gaming systems.

PaulWuzHere PaulWuzHere said:

I am the proud owner of a Gateway NV53 laptop. It has the best performance (in the price range ~$500) and I am glad to say is a nice little machine that has great build quality. Very solid feeling.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Weakest component in all of those rigs is the video card. Plus you have to deal with Gateway's proprietary hardware, software and all the crapware that gets loaded up with those.

Most serious gamers I know build their own rigs. Not sure what audience they're trying to target with these.

Timonius Timonius said:

TomSEA said:

Most serious gamers I know build their own rigs. Not sure what audience they're trying to target with these.

Maybe their targeting the gamer 101 class? I skipped that one and took the system builders 101 class. It was not that difficult.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

TomSEA said:

Weakest component in all of those rigs is the video card. Plus you have to deal with Gateway's proprietary hardware, software and all the crapware that gets loaded up with those.

Most serious gamers I know build their own rigs. Not sure what audience they're trying to target with these.

Agreed, sadly most manufactured PC's are like that though . At least they aren't calling there GT220 PC's gaming machines but rather multimedia. Unlike some other manufacturers out there who add to the confusion of PC gaming >.< .

Guest said:

There are other things people actually do on their computers other than playing games.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

$1300 for a system with a 5850 is very reasonable and better price then comparable dell or hp that i can find. Of course it is a gateway though.

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