The Victor 9000, sold in the UK as the ACT Sirius 1, was first released in 1982. It was designed by Chuck Peddle, who was the main designer of the MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor and the early Commodore Pet.
The Victor 9000 was based on the Intel 8088 processor and featured 128K of RAM. It came with twin, built-in, 5.25-inch floppy drives as standard, as well as a 97-key keyboard with separate number pad, and 11-inch screen. It ran CP/M-86 and MDOS operating systems.
Despite being arguably the superior machine to the IBM PC, and being well received by many publications and users, the Victor 9000 failed to compete against the IBM PC in the US and by 1984 Victor Technology was filing for bankruptcy. However the computer sold well in Europe as the ACT Sirius 1, as the IBM PC was not released until January 1983 in Europe.
This is a model 466 configuration of the system.
Manufacturer: Sirius Systems Technology/Victor Technologies
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