New Superchips

PCs are starting to ship with Intel's Pentium III processors. Is it worth the cost to upgrade?

I'm sitting at a new Dell Dimension XPS T500--one of the first generation of PCs to sport the new Pentium III chip. It's a sweet machine and, at $2,679, fully appointed with a 4.8X DVD player, 20-gigabyte hard drive, 128 megs of RAM, 17-in. Trinitron monitor and so on. At 500 MHz, it's one of the fastest PCs you could buy as of last week. So what am I doing with all that turbocharged horsepower? Bowling.

The program, Brunswick First Strike Bowling, sold by THQ, is still in development and shows what a good coder can do with the P3 chip....

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