Retroist Access Monday (RAM) – The Tandy 2000

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The Tandy 2000 was a personal computer introduced by Radio Shack in late 1983 which used the 8 MHz Intel 80186 microprocessor. By comparison, the IBM PC XT used the older 4.7 MHz 8088 processor, and the IBM PC AT would later use the newer 6 MHz Intel 80286. Due to the more efficient design of the 80186, the Tandy 2000 ran significantly faster than other PC compatibles on the market, and slightly faster than the PC AT.

Specifications:

  • Released: 1983
  • 8 MHz Intel 80186
  • 128kB RAM (expandable to 768kB, 896kB with motherboard and ROM modifications)
  • 1 or 2 720kb 5-1/4″ floppy drives
  • 10MB MFM full-height hard drive (upgradable to two 32MB half-height drives, 2 80MB drives with ROM mods and 3rd-party low-level formatting software)
  • Proprietary parallel printer port (requires adapter cable to connect to a Centronics-port printer)
  • Proprietary serial port
  • OS: MS-DOS; Xenix
  • Price: $2999.00