Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Commodore USA Releases First New Commodore Amiga in 20 Years

Commodore USA, LLC announced today the historic re-unification of the legendary Commodore and AMIGA brands with the launch of the new Commodore AMIGA mini, as well as other new models such as the new C64x Supreme, the new VIC mini and a more powerful VIC-Slim keyboard computer (now with HDMI output). These new products are now in production and available for purchase at www.commodoreusa.net.

The new Commodore AMIGA mini is a trail blazing power-house featuring Intel's i7-2700k 3.5 GHz Quad-Core (3.9 GHz Turboboost) processor, 16 Gb RAM DDR3 1333 MHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 GPU with 1 GB DDR3. This machine is fully loaded with a 1 TB SATA drive (optional 300 GB or 600 GB SSD), two WiFi antennae and bluetooth. The new Commodore AMIGA mini case is ultra small and features a solid, all aluminum seamless housing,micro-sandblasted with an anodic oxidation finish. It also includes a slot load Blu-Ray drive and internal space for two 2.5" hard drives. It measures 7.5 inches square with a height of only 3 inches. The AMIGA mini's appearance is enhanced with the inclusion of the classic embedded AMIGA logo engraved in the front.


The C64x, highly regarded by Commodore fans for its retro styling, now features Intel's new D2700 dual core 2.13 GHz CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 (512 Mb) graphics for enhanced gaming capability over previous models. It also features 4 Gb Memory (DDR3 1066), a 1 or 3 GB SATA drive (300 or 600 Gb SSD optional), a mechanical keyboard, a built in multi-card reader, WiFI, Bluetooth, VGA, DVI and HDMI output, 7.1 channel high definition sound, 2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports for exceptional external data access, a slot loading Blu-ray drive that can also write DVDs and 2 WiFi antennae for outstanding signal reception.

The VIC mini has specifications identical to the C64x Supreme, wrapped in the elegant aluminum enclosure of the AMIGA mini.

The VIC-Slim is an upgraded unit replacing the previous 1.8 GHz dual core Atom with the new Intel 2.13 GHz Dual Core D2700 processor and includes 2 Gb RAM (DDR3 1066 MHz), a 1 Tb SATA Hard Disk Drive and HDMI output.

Mr. Barry Altman, CEO, states "This is an historic day. The team here has been working around the clock to fulfill the vision of a reunited Commodore and AMIGA branded computer with the launch of our new Commodore AMIGA mini."

Mr. Leo Nigro, CTO, states "We built Commodore USA to take advantage of the rapid rate of technological change in the computer hardware market. The introduction of Intel's new Atom processor for compact devices such as the C64x Supreme, VIC-Slim and VIC mini proves that Commodore USA is setting the pace for the computer industry. The Commodore AMIGA mini with its 16 GB of RAM, powerful i7-2700k 3.5 GHz Quad-Core processor and built-in NVIDIA graphics chipset is truly worthy of the AMIGA name. Also, with the inclusion of Commodore OS Vision, our own Linux distribution showcasing our product's advanced hardware features, we can also provide a unique and compelling experience for customers seeking an alternative to Apple and Microsoft products. First and foremost I'm a Commodore and AMIGA fan, and like millions of other fans around the world, I am excited by the return of the famous Commodore and AMIGA brands we grew up with and loved."

Barry Altman adds, "Leo and I and the entire team, started on this journey to prove that we could take these historic computer brands and produce products that are relevant to both the historical consumer base and new customers. These computers are breathtaking in appearance, incredibly powerful and exciting to use."
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31 Comments on Commodore USA Releases First New Commodore Amiga in 20 Years

#1
Melvis
Interesting to combine the two rivals together and make this commodore Amiga mini that looks like a Mac mini.

And im sure if Amiga was still up and running today it have different hardware then that :P
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#2
Ikaruga
Back in the days when we had our Commodores, it was the people's computer. Now it's only for the rich?:(
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#3
rob49152
Simply putting a PC in a mac-mini like case and putting the AMIGA name on it does NOT make it an AMIGA!!!!

as a person who owned a 1000,500,2000 and 4000 I can say this is another sad day for that brand name.

Now if it came with a new version of AMIGA OS 4.1 and not a themed linux then it would be better.
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#4
Thefumigator
The perfect Amiga computer for today standars would be AMD E450, with a price tag of less than 200$
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#5
RejZoR
GeForce GT 430. Seriously, what's the point? Stick a HD7970 or GTX 680 in it and be a man. using some low end stuff is for pussies. Real challenge is to run highest end stuff inside small boxes.
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Too expensive but they still look bloody nice imo. Yes it's basicly the old Mac Mini but I don't really see a problem with that.

It's a bit dissapointing that Commodore OS turned out to be a Linux distro. Not very surprising but still. :(
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#7
H82LUZ73
I sure do miss my Old 64 ....Wow got that in 1983-84 ...Oh I`m old .
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#8
Ozpa
2700K + 16GB of RAM... and then that 430GT haha, is this a joke. I can't think of anyone who would need such a powerful CPU and that much RAM that is not a gamer.
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#9
Bambooz
lol @ people complaining about the graphics card.
Ever thought about the heat? Or the sheer size of the damn things? Or the PSU (power consumption) ?

Unless you plan on doubling the case size to accomodate the PSU needed and the space for the high(er) end cards, that ain't gonna happen.

Common sense anyone?
It's a small size PC for crying out loud. Be happy they didn't go for the retarded intel integrated graphics instead. THEN you'd have a valid point to complain about.

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#10
Ozpa
Fair point, but why have such powerful CPU and so much RAM, makes no sence.
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#11
NC37
There are better midrange chips that wouldn't run that much hotter. For the specs, I would expect something in the 550/7700 series minimum. But yeah on the plus side, at least it isn't Intel IGP.
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#12
AsRock
TPU addict
by: rob49152
Simply putting a PC in a mac-mini like case and putting the AMIGA name on it does NOT make it an AMIGA!!!!

as a person who owned a 1000,500,2000 and 4000 I can say this is another sad day for that brand name.

Now if it came with a new version of AMIGA OS 4.1 and not a themed linux then it would be better.
AMEN to that.

Amiga pwned the Comadore all day long haha.
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#13
Liquid Cool
That case looks like a Wesena ITX2. Don't see how they're using a GT430 in there without an expansion slot unless it's onboard. Although, they're mentioning an expansion slot in their specs...but don't show the rear of the case in the gallery? I've never seen one of these with an expansion slot....I just built one of these recently.

A person could just step it up to an ITX4-7 and build your own...;). That's what I did. Dirt Cheap. ITX5 is my favorite, more headroom for the cpu cooler.

Wesena

A PicoPSU 150w/144w adapter is running my Core i3 2120/HD 6570 combo without a hitch.

Best,

LC

P.S. My first pc was a Commodore. A business model that was almost like a 50pd laptop...can't remember what model number the unit was...ran well though.
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#14
m1dg3t
by: Ikaruga
Back in the days when we had our Commodores, it was the people's computer. Now it's only for the rich?:(
Tell me about it! Fucking hipster's :shadedshu
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#15
micropage7
first that i have to say is
the case looks pretty good
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#16
xenocide
Why such a shit gpu? 16GB of RAM too??? Not sure what this is being marketed as...
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#17
LagunaX
I think this one is pretty retro cool though:


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#18
Scheich
Amiga had an amazing gfx system. This is just an intel clone. Pity.
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#19
mamailo
For those who wants a better GPU, the MoBo contains a PCIex4 slot. The BareBones cost $340 with the Blue Ray /DVD combo drive; PSU; Fans and mounting hardware for any mini ITX build you wanna house in.Not a bad deal for a nice looking case and a trip in the memory lane.If Nvidia/Amd release a low profile 28 nm card; Is a done deal for me.

If I remember correctly the introductory price for C=64 was $600 and Amiga $1200, non devaluated dollars; therefore they cost an arm an leg those days as they are now,tradition stands.
But of course CBM computer technology where 10 years ahead of the competition =).
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#20
zootac
Dose it play ZOOL 2 ? the ninja ant game lol
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#21
Melvis
by: zootac
Dose it play ZOOL 2 ? the ninja ant game lol
Loved that game lol, and my guess is no haha
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#22
wahdangun
they should use other processor beside intel, maybe custom arm CPU or Ibm, and they should bring back their original OS and not a freakin linux distro.
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#23
zootac
by: Melvis
Loved that game lol, and my guess is no haha
Was a good game like it ran fast that game on the amiga for the old 6800 c.p.u. in the 500/600
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#24
rob49152
I can get a Power PC mac-mini for cheap cheap cheap and run MorphOS on it (for free). That's more of an Amiga than this.
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#25
Thefumigator
also you can buy the barebone of it. Its a little bit expensive but quality seems to be there. Then you have to choose a mobo+cpu and the rest
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