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Commodore 64 Replica: The Ultimate PC Enthusiast Retro PC Gets An Upgrade

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The original 8-bit Commodore 64 computer was very popular in the early 1980s, but the original company eventually closed down in the 1990s, having launched their 16-bit Amiga range in the meantime as the C64s successor. For a while now, replica C64 models, packed with the latest PC technology, have been made by Commodore USA, a different company that has purchased the original Commodore brand.

Since last summer, they have been selling a replica for $999 powered by an Intel CPU. This PC, called the C64x Ultimate (model number: C64x-UL) included a dual core Atom D525, NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics, 4 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard drive. A barebones version is available for $349 without a motherboard, just the keyboard and case, allowing the customer to add their own hardware into the retro box. However, Commodore USA has now upgraded their offering with a considerably more powerful CPU. This version is the C64x Extreme (model number: C64x-EX) which includes a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-2720QM CPU, mini-ITX motherboard and PSU, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, DVD writer (slot loading) 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The back panel has the following ports: legacy PS/2, USB 2.0 x5 (one eSATA combo) USB 3.0 x2, Ethernet and three audio jacks. Video connectivity is looked after by HDMI, DVI-D and VGA outputs.

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I had a TRS-80 when I was young and this came out and made me cry.:cry:
 

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$349 for the case is ridiculous considering you can get them much cheaper on ebay. $1500 bucks for an Atom system... also a ripoff. I'd go with the ebay case and a mini-ITX socket FM1 system that would be much less expensive and much more powerful.
 

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$349 for the case is ridiculous considering you can get them much cheaper on ebay. $1500 bucks for an Atom system... also a ripoff. I'd go with the ebay case and a mini-ITX socket FM1 system that would be much less expensive and much more powerful.
Yes, it's mental isn't it? :shadedshu Thing is though, to fit a PC into a genuine C64 case, you'd have to be pretty handy with DIY, have all the right tools and even then the result would be likely to look like a kludge. Personally, I think the whole idea is a nice novelty for five minutes and not much more.

Talking about heat, I can remember the 6502 in my Acorn computers when it was running flat out. It was housed in something like a 40-pin DIP plastic package soldered straight onto the motherboard, no heatsink. You could put your finger on it and it felt just a little warm. Oh, those were the days, lol.
 

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I had a TRS-80 when I was young and this came out and made me cry.:cry:
The cool thing about the TRS-80 is you could actually afford them too.
 
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$349 for the case is ridiculous considering you can get them much cheaper on ebay. $1500 bucks for an Atom system... also a ripoff. I'd go with the ebay case and a mini-ITX socket FM1 system that would be much less expensive and much more powerful.
$1500 is for the i7-2720qm. The atom based one is $1000 (still way too expensive).
 

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you'd have to be pretty handy with DIY
True. I know I have an old (no longer working) VIC 20 up in the attic somewhere. I really need to venture up there sometime.. I guess I will once I have a mini-itx system in hand. :)
 
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hmm, it is no where near April... wow, just wow
 
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I could buy an i7 + mobile NV GT 555 laptop for like $900. I doubt you can even use the PCIe slot on the board in this one.
 
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come on everyone knows your paying for the nostalgia :p
 
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Wankers. It's no fun doing retro mods when you can just go and buy this sh*t commercially.
 
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reminds me on oldskewl days .....

commando...... hehe
 
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My brother had one, i remember when i was a child.
 
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this is like hairy pussies! out-dated!
 
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like back to the past.
thats why we have to thanks for what weve been thru. without it we gonna have different future
 

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Hey, I posted this back in May. :(

The Vic Slim is better priced. And I think that OS they're working on could be interesting.
 

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Hey, I posted this back in May. :(

The Vic Slim is better priced. And I think that OS they're working on could be interesting.
Was the upgraded version available back in May though?
 

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Was the upgraded version available back in May though?
It was. I', not sure if that was the exact cpu but it was something similiar in power.
 
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Overpriced but way cool:rockout::rockout::rockout:
 
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I'll give credit for the retro case with a MODERN keyboard layout. It is amazing how retarded those cursor keys were back in the 80's. $300 is steep for a case... but try keyboard mapping an old rolloverless original keyboard... it is a major project in itself. An a standard port backplane space is pre-cut. Another PITA to do via retro modding.
 

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The Vic Slim is better priced. And I think that OS they're working on could be interesting.
Mostlikely a tailor-made Linux distribution that boots directly into some kind of C64 emulator or application launcher (which loads emulator upon selecting application image you wish to load).

I seriously doubt they're writing an OS, much less an OS that functions on x86 with full support for built-in hardware, that can run 65xx era code, especially considering the amount of open-source code that is already out there doing that exact same thing.