Amigakit Brings The Amiga Into The 21st Century With New X1000

Amiga, Amiga… why does that name sound familiar?
Ah yes, that Amiga. A strong early competitor in the PC wars, Commodore’s influential and graphics-heavy OS was unfortunately more or less made extinct by Windows by the early 90s. Yet a core group of enthusiasts has kept a candle burning, and here and there you can still find a functioning machine, zealously maintained by someone who insists that the file system or multitasking kernel are still worth admiring. But would you expect a brand new PC with modern accoutrements and a price tag over $2000?
That’s just what’s being put out by Amigakit, which has secured the distribution rights to the long-awaited (by some) X1000 desktop system. It’s actually quite a powerhouse. Check out the specs:
  • Dual-core 2GHz PowerISA CPU (PowerPC architecture)
  • Xena 500MHz XMOS companion processor with Xorro connector
  • AMD Radeon 4650 GPU
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • 2 PCIe x16 slots, 4 DIMM slots, 4x SATA 2, 10x USB 2.0<
The rest of the specs are here at OS News, with some supplementary info as well. Okay, so when I say powerhouse, I mean compared to the other Amiga machines out there. But it is, as A-EON (the system designer) says, “powerful, modern desktop hardware,” though spec-wise it can’t stand up to Windows boxes a quarter its price. There’s supposedly going to be an Amiga-based netbook arriving in mid-2012 as well if that’s more your style.

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