Goldstar FC-80
This page was last modified 10:43, 14 April 2019 by Rderooy. Based on work by Mars2000you and Gdx.



The Goldstar FC-80 was aimed for the Korean market and was available in two color schemes, one in dark gray and silver with colored keys and one completely in dark gray with keys in dark gray and ivory. STOP key is alway red. It has a hangul led.

It was probably sold with a demo tape.

It's the first MSX computer released in Korea as it comes with version 1.0 of Hangul ROM (all the other Korean MSX1 computers are shipped with version 2.0).

This model was localised for the European market - see Goldstar FC-200, a model that was preceded by a first version, the AVT FC-200. You can notice that the PCB of the FC-80 indicates FC-200!

Goldstar had also released three other similar models in Korea: the FC-80U, the GFC-1080 and the GFC-1080A.

Brand Goldstar
Type FC-80
Year 1984
Region South Korea
Original price ₩283,000
RAM 64kB (? in slot 2)
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9918ANL
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Extras Hangul BASIC, lightpen holder, ?demo cassette


Goldstar FC-80 silver
Goldstar FC-80 inside
Goldstar FC-80 dark gray
Goldstar FC-80 back
Goldstar FC-80 label
Goldstar FC-80 right side


This computer is a MSX1 without MSX-Engine. The CPU is a Z80A from Zilog (Z8400A PS) or Goldstar (GSS Z8400A PS) at 3.579545MHz.

All features are common to the standard, apart from one: it has a hole at the right of the cartridge slot to store a lightpen when the pen is not in use. A lightpen was planned in option with its dedicated cartridge, but was never released.


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