Commodore 64 seems to be the name that has long been forgotten. It has been decades since it arrived in the home computer market and left a huge impression. Speaking of a single model of computers, the Commodore 64 still remains the best-selling option, selling about 12.5 million units during its lifetime. Commodore 64 is finally back, 39 years later, and is back to make another mark for sure, even stronger than the one it did when it originally shipped.
Commodore somehow managed to stay on the market one way or another. There were countless attempts to take advantage of the nostalgic feel of the C64 branding with the C64 Mini and even a full reboot known as TheC64. However, the comeback is very different this time. It’s more of an extension of the My Retro Computer. This comes after Sean Donahue, the owner of Commodore, licensed the company’s name to use it on the all-new Commodore 64x offered on Kickstarter. This is a continuation of the same modern remakes that the owner of Commodore USA sold between 2010 and 2012.
With this comeback, Donahue wants the Commodore to become a household name again. However, it is not that simple and easy. Initially, when his Kickstarter page was up and running, he was able to exceed his funding target of USD 30,722 in no time. Shortly after, however, Kickstarter had to remove the page and investigate a copyright claim. It turned out that the copyright claim was false and the campaign was back on track.
Many of us, especially those who contributed to the funding, want this cool campaign to be completed. Three models are offered; the Commodore 64x Ultimate, the Commodore 64x Extreme and the Commodore 64x Bareones. The Barebones model turns out to be our favorite as it’s more of a keyboard slash case with options for users to install a Raspberry Pi or mini-ITX motherboard in it.
These variants are powered by Intel processors. The Bareones go up to Core i9 processor and GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4 GB VRAM.
Talking about the other two models; the CPU and GPU are both embedded and therefore cannot be upgraded. However, the working memory can be expanded up to 64 GB. An integrated docking station further adds a 2.5-inch SATA SSD or HDD to increase storage space.