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September 9, 1997updated 01 Sep 2016 5:22pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Hewlett-Packard Co duly unveiled its new Pentium II-based Kayak PC workstations running Windows NT which support a new generation of Visualize fx graphics accelerators which are also available for HP’s Unix systems (CI 3,342). HP will use the Kayak brand to distinguish high-end workstation PCs from its Vectra commercial PCs. Kayaks are priced at from $2,250 to $17,760, but fitted with a Visualize fx4 3D graphics board cost from $13,760. The board utilizes Kayak’s Intel 440LX AGP chipset, designed to connect graphics directly with the CPU and memory. Kayaks come with one or two 266MHz or 300MHz Pentium II processors, 4.5Gb or 9.1Gb drives, RAID, power and other management software. The Kayak XW line also supports AccelGraphics’ PCI bus-based AccelEclipse 3D graphics accelerator. With 128Mb RAM, 4.5Gb drive and a 300MHz Pentium II, the XW starts at $17,170. HP claims the NT configuration outpaces $39,500 Sun Microsystems Inc Ultra-2 2300 Creator 3D and $48,500 Silicon Graphics Inc R1000 Octane MXI Unix workstations across a range of graphics performance benchmarks. The Kayak XU PCs are Vectras upgraded to Pentium IIs supporting Matrox Millennium II 2D graphics. Prices start at $3,500. The uniprocessor Kayak XA line with a 233MHz, 266MHz or 300MHz Pentium II, Cirrus Logic 5465 AGP graphics, is priced from $3,000 with 32Mb RAM and 2.5Gb disk.

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