Schneider CPC 464 and Green Monitor

Year: 1984

Initial Price: £359.00, £1,161 in 2020


The Schneider CPC (short for Colour Personal Computer) is a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Schneider and Amstrad between 1984 and 1990. It was designed to compete in the mid-1980s home computer market dominated by the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, where it successfully established itself primarily in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the German-speaking parts of Europe.

Developer Amstrad \ Schneider
Type Personal computer
Release date 1984; 33 years ago
Discontinued 1990
Units sold 3 million
Media Cassette tape, 3 inch floppy disks
Operating system AMSDOS with Locomotive BASIC 1.0 or 1.1; CP/M 2.2 or 3.0
CPU Zilog Z80A @ 4 MHz
Memory 64 or 128 KB, expandable to 576 KB
Input keyboard

The CPC 464 was one of the most successful computers in Europe and sold more than two million computers.

The CPC 464 featured 64 KB RAM and an internal cassette tape deck. It was introduced in June 1984 in the UK. Initial suggested retail prices for the CPC464 were GBP£249.00/DM899.00 with a green screen and GBP£359.00/DM1398.00 with a colour monitor. Following the introduction of the CPC6128 in late 1985, suggested retail prices for the CPC464 were cut by GBP£50.00/DM100.00.

In 1990, the 464plus replaced the CPC 464 in the model line-up, and production of the CPC 464 was discontinued.

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