RETRO COMPUTER OUTFIT Commodore has launched its first Amiga computer since its resurrection in 2010 sporting a quad-core processor chip.
The legendary 1980s computer maker Commodore was resurrected as a PC maker in 2010 and greeted with much enthusiasm by the Amiga community. Two years later the firm has finally announced its first machine, a lunchbox machine with a quad-core Intel Core i7-2700K chip, available as either a barebones kit or a fully-built computer.
The Commodore Amiga Mini looks much like Apple's Mac Mini, however it houses decent hardware even given its diminutive size. The Amiga Mini is powered by an Intel Core i7-2700K processor mated to 16GB of DDR3 1,333MHz RAM, all sitting on a motherboard mounting a Z68 Express chipset, backed by a 1TB SATA hard disk.
While Commodore has chosen good foundations for the Amiga Mini, other design decisions are not so inspired, specifically the Nvidia Geforce GT430 GPU, which is two generations old.
Commodore's choice of hardware makes more sense when the system is used with the Commodore OS, however given that a pre-built system costs $2,500 it is unlikely to have many takers apart from die-hard Amiga fans. Commodore does make a barebones version, which includes the case and a slot loading Blu-Ray drive for $345.
Given Commodore's pricing for the Amiga Mini the firm needs to bring out affordable mid-range models if it intends to stay in business. µ
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