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Do Funtastic consoles have better video display?; MegaMania has pics to prove it!
Topic Started: Dec 4 2012, 10:26 PM (43,497 Views)
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*I re-read this thread, and it looks like Link83 has got it covered. (actually, most of my knowledge comes from his posts on other forums) It should all come down to the video encoder used.

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The picture quality should all come down to the graphics combiner type (the chipset that converts the graphics data into a video output (NTSC or PAL)). After motherboard revision NUS-04, nintendo changed the combiner chipset. This explains why most black/grey consoles don't have the sharper image (they are NUS-04 and earlier). Specifically, NUS-04 and earlier models have a VDC-NUS or VDC-NUS A chipset for image processing. Consequently, those chipsets are the last to be RGB-moddable. After NUS-04, they moved to the AMP-NUS chipset, which though not RGB-moddable, probably provides the clearer picture. (those combiner chips have improved consistently with time)

My theory on why not all of the "funtastic" consoles have the enhanced image is thus- after I think board revision NUS-09 (don't hold me to it), nintendo started using older boards again, and various other cost saving devices were implemented. This includes factory re-furbished consoles, etc. So some of the "funtastic" and other specialty consoles actually have old components in them. I know this doesn't seem especially intuitive. Trust me though, the chips and layout of the N64 board has changed a bit throughout the years.

The easiest way (IMO) to quickly determine whether or not a console has the better video chipset or not would be from the board revision. There are lists out there that more or less accurately correlate serial numbers to board revisions. From board revisions, it should be pretty easy to determine just what chipset you have.
Edited by ChemicalJoy, Jan 7 2013, 02:23 PM.
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