updated 07:10 pm EDT, Thu November 3, 2011
Retro formfactor packs 2nd gen i7 on mini-ITX
Commodore is now shipping a higher performance version of its retro form-factor Commodore 64x computer. The new C64x-EX Extreme is the second in its series of updated computers to be squeezed into the shell of the old Commodore gaming console/computer that was popular back in the early 1980s. The Extreme is rare in its category and carries a quad 2.2GHz Core i7 mobile processor borrowed from notebooks to get its speed in a small design.
The Extreme offers several improvements over its sibling, the C64x Ultimate, which began shipping in June. These include an onboard Intel HD 3000 video chipset, DDR3 over DDR2 memory, 2TB of drive space versus 1TB, gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3.0 ports in addition to four USB ports.
The C64x Extreme with keyboard is priced at $1,499. Commodore claims it is available for shipping within pone day. The company advises that any orders for Christmas must be placed before November 25.