"Now that real commercial-quality games are starting to
appear for Linux, it's about time that Linux system vendors gave us
a comparable system on which to play them. Some vendors are
stepping up with half-hearted attempts, but appear more interested
in keeping the price down than offering a game system with punch.
However, gamers are willing to fork out some dollars if they feel
that they'll get excellent gameplay in return. The Penguin
Computing Gaming System will definitely deliver for these
"At $1,995, the Gaming System comes well equipped, with a 500
MHz Athlon processor, 128 MB of RAM, a 3Dfx Voodoo3 3000 card, a
Sound Blaster PCI 128 card, Yamaha YST-MS50 speakers, a Toshiba 40x
CD-ROM, an Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet card, a Gravis Blackhawk
digital joystick, several leading games for Linux, and several
thick books of documentation. The system does not come with a
monitor, but Penguin offers a variety of ViewSonic models to choose
from, starting at an additional $420 for a 17-inch model. We tested
this system on a 17-inch Sony Trinitron monitor."
"This is the high end of gaming on Linux systems. The graphics
card is one of the best currently available, and the sound card
hits the limits of Linux's audio capabilities. 128 MB is sufficient
memory for most Linux games now available, and all the rest of the
features promise proper game play as well. At the same time, this
system exhibits features that even makes it great for use at work,
if you are so inclined."
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