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Dell has announced that it is shipping its first Rambus-ready workstations. The Dell Precision 420 runs on either a single or dual 733MHz or 600Mhz PIII chip and uses the i840 chipset with 133MHz FSB. Claimed by the demon of the direct sales model as its fastest workstation yet, the Precision 420 has dual channel Rambus memory, Ultra 160/M SCSI HDDs, AGP Pro graphics and improved graphics cards. Dell was caught out when Intel canned its Camino i820 Rambus-focused chipset. It had already started advertising that it had i820-based systems ready for sale when Chipzilla stomped on the i820 launch at the last minute. All these problems – sorry, errata – are now in the past. Aren't they…? ®

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