The SID Chip is one of the most hallowed components of electronic equipment, housed inside the original Commodore 64 and responsible for some of the most iconic chiptunes ever made. The Commodore 64 & 128 GOLD SID Sound Interface Device is a direct replacement for the original SID chip which will ensure the rare and valuable chip is safe, while accurately replicating its output and performance.
The chip installation will include desoldering the original chip, which will require some advanced soldering skills – but there are many tutorials online which will help you with this and it can be done however scary it may seem! The SID chip in the Commodore 64 came in two versions – the MOS 6581 and the 8580, both of which can be replaced by this neat board.
Some purists will cry heresy for removing the SID chip, but for those who want to ensure theirs lasts, this is a wonderful and reassuring option. The seller states that the modification will provide stellar sound quality made possible by gold immersed traces – which is reassuring!
The Commodore 64 & 128 GOLD SID Sound Interface Device is available from Amethyst IND who have a range of C64 devices available for multiple mods and improvements.