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Monday, November 07, 2011
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Commodore USA is now shipping production orders for the new Commodore 64 Extreme model (C64x-EX), the most a powerful Commodore ever produced.

The C64x-EX is running at 3.3Ghz with Intel's Turbo Boost Technology. Featuring a 2nd generation Sandy Bridge 2.2Ghz 64-bit Intel core i7 (Quad Core/Eight Threads CPU [i7-2720QM]) the C64x Extreme runs fast and cool while providing a massive amount of storage, RAM and I/O options. This includes a 2 TB Hard Drive, 8 Gigabytes of RAM, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 5 USB 2.0 ports, 1 e-SATA port, SPDIF, HDMI, DVI and VGA display connections, a slot loaded R/W DVD drive, built in Ethernet and Wireless n WiFi.

The C64x Extreme is priced competitively with keyboard-less Nettops like the Apple Mac Mini. It has a high end mechanical keyboard, incorporating genuine Cherry brand "Blue" switches and is built and assembled entirely in the USA. It is available in a single configuration priced at $1499.

The C64x-EXTREME comes pre-imaged with Mint 11 (Linux distribution) and will dual boot with the retro inspired Commodore OS Vision when released, for the ultimate retro experience.


MODEL: Commodore 64x (Extreme)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-2720QM 2.2GHz (Sandy Bridge) 3.3GHz with Turboboost
CHIPSET: Intel HM67 Express Chipset
MEMORY: 2 x 204-pin SO-DIMM Sockets for unbufferred dual channel DDR3 1066/1333 (up to 16 GB)
GRAPHICS: Intel HD Graphics built into processor
AUDIO: VIA VT1705 6-CH HD Audio
LVDS: Onboard 24-bit dual channel LVDS & inverter
LAN: 1 * Intel 82577LM-PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet

2 SAT32 6Gb/s ports
3 * SATA2 3.0Gb/s supporting RAID 0, 1, 5.

- All Solid Polymer Capacitors for Improved Reliability
- Watchdog Timer, HD Audio, AMI EFI BIOS
- 12 VDC jack on back panel for external power supply

2 * USB 3.0 ports, 4 * USB 2.0 ports
1 * 8-bit GPIO
1 * Serial header (RS232/422/485)
1 * 24-pin ATX power connector
1 * 4-pin 12V ATX power connector

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