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Commodore Amiga 2000

Commodore Amiga 2000

Speed7.14 MHz
Memory3 MB
Hard Drive80  MB

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Commodore

Amiga

Release Date: 3/1/1987
Manufacturer: Commodore
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$1,995.00
$4,193.33*
 
Donated By: Bob & David Small
 
The Amiga 2000 was the successor to the original Amiga 1000. Aimed at the higher end business and desktop video market, the 2000 had a number of expansion options. A card that allowed for 100% IBM compatibility (called the Bridgeboard) was available and the Zorro slots inside the machine allowed for easy connection of additional memory and hard drives. The base machine shipped with 1MB of RAM and Kickstart 1.2 (later models had newer revisions). Although it had a detachable keyboard like the 1000, there is no place to hide the keyboard under the unit. The 2000 is interesting as well because two engineering teams within Commodore actually worked on the design in a competitive mode - the US team vs. the German team. The US design was the overall winner, although it is speculated that over 60,000 of the German designed machines were made. Like the 1000, the 2000 came with a 68000 CPU running at 7.14 MHz which in hindsight was probably a little underpowered but the reality is that the 2000 shares more in common with the consumer Amiga 500 than you might think.

The 2000 led the way to the development of the Video Toaster, which made the Amiga a popular choice with television studios.


User Comments
Brian Bunnell on Monday, March 28, 2011
My first Amiga, the A2000 replaced the Commodore 64 I sold to buy the monitor alone. It came with 1MB RAM as standard and Workbench 1.3. I eventually added a SCSI controller and hard drive as well as a few more MB of RAM, added to the SCSI controller. Another valuable add-on at the time was a "fatter Agnus" chip which I believe gave 1MB video RAM as opposed to the regular "Fat Agnus" chip, which only had 500kB. Eventually, I upgraded to workbench 2.1 which would have meant upgrading the onboard Kickstart ROM as well. Even with these upgrades, I only scratched the surface of what I could have added to the box (ie: video toaster, accelerator, flicker fixer, bridgeboard and more. I enjoyed many an hour playing games, watching demos, and preparing written assignments on this most advanced personal computer of it's time. Recently, I've begun putting together a small personal museum of my own, and got an A2000 with hard drive, accelerator card, flicker fixer and 5MB RAM. It looks as if I'll be adding a A2500/030 very soon!
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