One of my earliest gaming memories involves trading illegal goods, hunting down pirates, mining asteroids and generally gallivanting around the galaxy as the intrepid Commander Jameson in the Amiga version of Elite. Unfortunately, the Amiga was killed off soon afterwards -- or so we thought. It turns out that the Amiga brand, kind of like Cthulu, was just biding its time. Commodore USA just announced it's releasing a new small form factor PC sporting the Amiga name, but packing a much, much bigger punch than its predecessor.
With the exception of a slot-loading Blu-ray drive and the Amiga name etched across the front of the case, the Amiga mini looks a lot like the Mac mini, right down to its aluminum case and the lowercase "m" in mini. Spec-wise, the Amiga mini should've been called the Amiga maxi; the mini-ITX-based rig includes a quad-core 3.5GHz Intel i7-2700k proc, a 1TB HDD (or optional 300GB/600GB SSD drives), built-in Wi-Fi and a whopping 16GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM. It runs a custom Linux build called Commodore OS Vision.
There are a few major downsides to the Amiga mini, though. First of all, the system packs an aged GT 430 Nvidia GPU, a distinctly underwhelming choice, especially when paired with the overwhelming RAM and CPU. Why would you even pick up a PC with that much processing power if not to play video games or engage in some heavy duty video editing?
The price may be an even bigger hurdle, however. Commodore is selling the Amiga mini for a whopping $2,500, and you'll have to tack on another $500 or $1,000 if you want those 300GB or 600GB SSD drives, respectively. If that's a bit too rich for your blood, Commodore's also offering a bare-bones Amiga-branded box that contains nothing but the Blu-ray drive for "just" $350.
Also, old skoolers take note: Commodore USA isn't THE Commodore from back in the day, but another company that bought the rights to the Commodore and Amiga names.
Still interested? Then head on over to the Commodore USA website for more info. Be prepared to wait a while after forking over your cash, though -- the lead time on these bad boys is 4 to 6 weeks.