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OEMs need no longer be scared of AMD's wrath -- they can now officially announce if they are launching Athlon systems. Mesh and Time Computers have been among the first system builders to put this chip in PCs. Available from today, Mesh is launching its Matrix range of machines with 500, 550 and 600MHz Athlon processors. The lower-end PCs have a 3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 graphics card, 10GB hard drive and 17in monitor. Prices start at £1075 exc. VAT. The higher end has 128MB of PC100 SDRAM, 7200rpm 22GB hard drive and 19in flat-screen USB-connected monitor. The PCs are available online or from Mesh showrooms. Time -- Granville Technology's PC business -- launched just one Athlon machine today, with a 650MHz processor. It has a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of SDRAM, 32MB graphics RAM and a 19in monitor. It is priced at £2399 exc. VAT, and is available via mail order and at Time showrooms. Panrix has launched systems with 500, 550 and 600MHz Athlon chips, priced at £999, £1099 and £1499 respectively. These range from the basic 64MB PC100 SDRAM model, with 13GB hard drive and 17in monitor, to the 600MHz with 128MB SDRAM and 7200rpm 18GB hard drive. Machines are available in the Panrix showroom in Leeds or by ordering direct by phone. Carrera also announced Athlon machines. Evesham Micros will be launching soon, but nothing was announced today. Centerprise said it was trialing the chip at the moment. ® See also AMD K7 puts in early appearance Athlon PC pricing is a secret AMD goes public on Athlon Bootnotes: Industry Gossip

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