Microsoft puts a spotlight on Atari 2600 case mod PC

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a partnership with Atari that resulted in a way for people to play classic Atari games in their web browser. As part of this partnership, Microsoft and Atari worked with Hard Drives Northwest to make a small amount of PC case mods that have modern PC technology inside a classic Atari 2600 game console.

In a post on the Extreme Windows blog, Microsoft admitted that the first attempt to make the Atari 2600 case mod didn't work out well. The heat from the PC components melted the case. Microsoft said, "The folks at Hard Drives Northwest solved this issue by adding a fan in the bottom of the case, and also dual fans in a cutout where the cartridge port would normally be located."

The end result? An Atari 2600 with an Intel Core i7 2600S processor at 3.4 GHz, compared to the original MOS 6507 processor at 1.19 MHz in the Atari 2600 in 1982. The PC case mode also has 8 GB of RAM, a 120 GB hard drive, and a 1 GB Radeon HD 6570 graphics card. Oh, and it's signed by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell.

While this Atari 2600 case mod won't be sold in normal channels, Microsoft said that the freddiew2 YouTube channel will give away two of these cool case mods.

Source: Extreme Windows blog | Images via Microsoft

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netsendjoe said,
How does one keep the CPU and GPU cool on a mod like this?

...The folks at Hard Drives Northwest solved this issue by adding a fan in the bottom of the case, and also dual fans in a cutout where the cartridge port would normally be located....

Xenomorph said,
Is that FIVE video outs?

I see three DVI, one HDMI, and one Display Port (or is that eSATA?). And Eight USB ports?

Video-in capability included maybe?

Xenomorph said,
Is that FIVE video outs?

I see three DVI, one HDMI, and one Display Port (or is that eSATA?). And Eight USB ports?


This is using standard parts inside. Check out the back of any modern desktop PC with a dedicated video card.

What you're seeing is the Intel on-board GPU video outputs, which is usually at least two ports, and then the video outputs from the Radeon card.

Microsoft admitted that the first attempt to make the Atari 2600 case mod didn't work out well. The heat from the PC components melted the case.

That sounds like Microsoft alright.

nub said,

That sounds like Microsoft alright.

Try learning to read, "As part of this partnership, Microsoft and Atari worked with Hard Drives Northwest to make a small amount of PC case mods that have modern PC technology inside a classic Atari 2600 game console."

So Drives Northwest actually built the units.....so what you smoking? MS didnt make the case mod,mobo,cpu or the AMD gfx card which generates the heat.......and MS track record of melting hardware is nonexistant so no, it doesnt sound like MS?.....Troll