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Commodore Amiga 3000

Commodore Amiga 3000

Speed25 MHz
Memory4 MB
Hard Drive90  MB

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Release Date: 6/1/1990
Manufacturer: Commodore
Original Retail Price:
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Donated By: Dan Marchuk
The Amiga 3000 is considered to be one of the best engineered Amigas, with a very low failure rate. There was a 16 MHz model available for a brief time, as well as the 3000UX (Unix) model and the extremely rare Amiga 3000T (Tower) model which we have at the museum.

The 3000 came with Kickstart 2.0 but the original models had it load the operating system from the hard disk, much like the Amiga 1000 used 'Kickstart' disks.

The 3000 shipped with 2MB of RAM but was expandable onboard by using ZIP RAM - not exactly the most popular choice.

User Comments
Michael Gerard on Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Amiga 3000 was my third and last Amiga - and was kept in use until just about August 2011 when I finally needed the desk space. It was outfitted with an internal MAC card (allowing very easy switching from Amiga (KS 2.0) to MAC. I also built and attached an 2 bay external SCSI enclosure holding a CD drive and I think a ZIP drive. It's amazing that you could still just turn it on and start working - 20 years after production.
BillG on Thursday, April 4, 2013
My 5th computer bought used for $20 at a local thrift store. Added a screen grabber card and some memory and Take 2 software and I was in business with my first animation studio! Best $20 I ever spent! Used it for several years and it still works to this day.
Michael Evans on Thursday, April 24, 2008
Just to demonstrate how amazing A3000s are, I'm using a stock 16Mhz A3000 to type this - and the built-in scandoubler works flawlessly with a modern SVGA monitor. Not bad for a computer made in 1990, eh? It has newer software (with a fancy OSX-like look), but all the hardware was designed before 1990. (I used a 1987 A500 to post my A500 comment, but the A500 needed an accelerator card to do it)
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