Remake of an old, traditional computing piece is going heavyweight, performance-wise
Continuing the tradition established by the original Commodore keyboard computer, Commodore C64x is now entering its third form, or at least is getting its third set of internal components.Back in June, we mentioned how the Commodore C64x computer was ready to start building on what was essentially a cult status.
Now, the item has made another leap in ability, a big one in fact, switching the Intel Atom D525 dual-core chip for a Core i7 quad-core unit of 2.2 GHz / 3.3 GHz Turbo Boost.
Also, the chip is accompanied by a 2 TB HDD and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (random access memory).
“A home computer used to be a portal to the future and a pathway of exploration and discovery. Commodore seeks to return that passion and enhance the ability to learn and develop skills in programming, computational media, mathematics, the arts and many other fields, to the mainstream and to the main streets across the globe,” says Mr. Barry Altman, president and CEO of Commodore.
“Freedom means the ability see all source code and to learn from others. Freedom means to share your learning, your passion and to personalize your environment. A hot house flower grown in a walled garden may look pretty now, but it will eventually fade and lose its passion, yet wild flowers grown in the open sunshine never fail to inspire.”
The Commodore C64x Extreme has a rice of $1,500, 1,092 Euro as it were, and will ship by December 15 if orders are placed before November 25.
That sum will also get buyers the Linux Mini 11 OSS (Commodore OS Vision will come later with Windows), Ethernet, DVD-RW, Bluetooth, WiFi, eSATA, USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connectors.
“The Extreme is fast, fun and well suited for computational intensive applications from CAD, video editing, software compilation and sound processing. Our customers don't just use OTS software while consuming media, but rather create and tinker with software while composing their own music, videos and animations; tasks the C64x Extreme is well suited for,” said the CEO.