HP is to release configurations of its xw6400 and xw8400 workstations with two Intel Xeon 5300-series quad-core processors, the company has announced. It has also formally released details of its new xw4400 line, which includes a single Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor.

These chips have twice the number of cores of Intel's Xeon 5100 and Core 2 Duo series processors, boosting the performance of multi-threaded applications - which include most of the major creative applications such as those from the likes of Adobe, Apple and Autodesk.

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HP workstations with Xeon 5300 chips are expected later this month with a starting price of £1,125 plus VAT.