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Amstrad CPC 464

Iain Metcalf
from Durham United Kingdom
in Amstrad Hardware
on January 26, 2017

So you have the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum so Sir Alan Sugar wanted in on the ground floor and he released the Amstrad CPC range of computers.

The 464 has a built in tape drive and the 6128 has the 3" IBM floppy drive. 464 has 64k ram and 6128 has 128k (hence why I bought the X-Mem I put up for show the other week in a blog as it gives my tape system 128k ram and has all the benefits of the 6128 without the disk drive.

Amstrad wanted to make this computer more accessible for the users and included either a green screen or colour screen with the machine so if the kids wanted to use the computer it wasn't taking over the TV like the C64 & Spectrum.

Amstrad did buy out Sinclair late 80s and released the Spectrum +2 & +3 machines (you can see the similarities with the built in tape or disc)

Great machine with really nice colour and visuals.


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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
March 07, 2018

Its a modern upgrade for the 64k machines. Some games require 128k, Adams Family as an example is a 128k only game so if you have a 464 then you cannot run it. However the X-Mem module makes your 464 a 128k machine so you can run it.

Back in the day you could buy 64k ram upgrades but they are now pretty scarce and cost a fair bit when they do come up for sale on eBay. So grabbing a modern solution is a great way to up your ram for a fair price.

Shinobi & Untouchables like I mentioned have no music when on a 64k machine. Having the 128k and the music makes the game way better as Shinobi has awesome music.

FGunnily enough have you seen the new C64 Mini, it is out shortly and has 64 games on there with HDMI output. You can run additional games on it also via a USB stick
Corey Buckner
Chicago IL United States
March 07, 2018

That's cool. I love how customizable these retro computer were. That's something that PC gaming will always have over console gaming, that being the ability to seemingly endlessly upgrade your system to make games better and better.
Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
March 06, 2018

It is a cool machine, love that it has it's own dedicated screen. Amstrad did this so that kids wouldn't tie up the TV, also it was great for business.

I bought a module for it last year called X-Mem which side loads a 128k (Amstrad 6128) rom and ram so multi load games become single loads and games like Shinobi & Untouchables have music with the extra ram
Corey Buckner
Chicago IL United States
March 05, 2018

an Iain... I still think this is one of the best-looking retro computers ever.

Corey Buckner
Chicago IL United States
March 05, 2018

Man Iain... instill think this is one of the best-looking retro computers ever.