Time claims 1GB RAM PC breakthrough
Not quite the 'greatest'
Time Computers is marketing its latest desktop PC with the slogan "I am the Greatest", and to justify the claim it's packed it with 1GB RAM..
The slogan is reminiscent of boasts surrounding great boxing matches involving Prince Naseem Hamed or Lennox Lewis (surely Mohammed Ali - Ed). And Time's boast for the machine is that this is the first desktop PC to be launched in the UK with 1GB RAM.
This rings some alarm bells. 'I am the Greatest' can handle 1GB RAM because it's running Windows XP, allowing proper utilisation of the system memory above 1GB for the first time on a desktop PC - Windows XP supports up to 2GB RAM.
However, Windows 2000 Professional was capable of supporting more than 1GB of memory. Time has since qualified its claim and said it was referring to consumer OSes (Windows '98 and ME), which were unable to support this amount of RAM.
The machine is retailing for £1799 (incl. VAT and delivery.) Time is aiming it at graphic designers and those working with digital photography. It comes bundled with a scanner, Epson printer and digital camera. The machine specs are as follows:
- 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor
- 2 x 80GB hard disk drives
- 64MB GeForce 2
- DVD-ROM & CD-RW drive
- 17-inch monitor