Super Nintendo 1Chip: best version or overrated?

In 2014 I wrote here on Skooter Blog on how not all Mega Drive are the same. Later I compared the sound of a Mega Drive III Tec Toy and a Sega Genesis the first model.

But these differences are not unique to Mega Drive. Virtually all console presents changes in internal components throughout your life cycle, Although externally they continue equal or nearly equal, complicating the lives of who wants to buy a specific version.

And with the Super Nintendo was no different, He went through several internal reviews, the main one of which occurred in 1995, with the emergence of a PCB named 1Chip. She takes that name because the CPU and the two Super Nintendo PPUs were combined in a single chip, probably to cut costs.

The fact is that the Super Nintendo 1Chip has considerable differences with regard to previous models. Perhaps the main her is the image. The Super Nintendo 1Chip presents a remarkably sharper image.

The Super Nintendo of my childhood 3Chip model (or 2Chip), specifically the review 2/1/2 (CPU v2, PPU1 v1, PPU2 v2), do I have to 1993 today. But I also have a 1Chip (review 2/1/3), I won a few years ago. Here are some screenshots comparing them. In both cases, the Framemeister XRGB Mini was used with the same settings and the capture was done with Elgato Game Capture HD60, so the only variable was the console.

Tip: Open the links of the images in two separate tabs, switch between the tabs to see the difference.

Super Mario World on Super Nintendo 3Chip (2/1/2).

Super Mario World on Super Nintendo 3Chip (2/1/2).

Super Mario World on Super Nintendo 1Chip (2/1/3).

Super Mario World on Super Nintendo 1Chip (2/1/3).

SD2SNES menu in Super Nintendo 3Chip (2/1/2).

SD2SNES menu in Super Nintendo 3Chip (2/1/2).

SD2SNES menu in Super Nintendo 1Chip (2/1/3).

SD2SNES menu in Super Nintendo 1Chip (2/1/3).

The graphical differences have made the Islands 1Chip quite sought after. Sellers generally charge more expensive when they know those differences and are selling this review. A lot of people who already had a Super Nintendo from another model tried to buy a 1Chip. There are even those who bought several in hopes of finding some 1Chip.

Furthermore, there 3 different 1Chip reviews, and there's not much consensus on which one is the best, Since there are small variations even within the same review, but the latest 1Chip-03, seem to be the most sought after, Although they are the only ones who need a against to emit the signal CSYNC, What does not occur in other.

In Brazil find a 1Chip isn't so hard, Since Nintendo came late here, by Playtronic (joint venture of gradient and Star) and then the Gradient. My 1Chip is the Gradiente. Most of the islands of Playtronic are 1Chip. And the consoles with manufacturing Gradient label seem to be all 1Chip.

But not all are advantages in Super Nintendo 1Chip. The review is also known for presenting some glitches in the graphs of some games, effect of “Ghost” in some funds, and white levels too high. The last SD2SNES firmware to back some attempts to circumvent these limitations. The Byuu, author of BSNES/Higan, I said 1Chip is so different internally that resembles a clone system.

For these and others I'm in doubt if it really is worth investing time and (Very much) money in search of a Super Nintendo 1Chip. Yes, I understand very well to get the best image possible in the original hardware, otherwise I wouldn't be using my Super Nintendo with a cable RGB SCART w/CSYNC and multicoax and an Framemeister. The question is whether it is worthwhile to accept glitches and other problems in Exchange for a slightly higher sharpness.

I personally have never used the Super Nintendo 1Chip as my main console. The Super Nintendo of my childhood 3Chip review 2/1/2 do you do this role. In part by special affection for him be with me since 1993, and also because my 1Chip has a defect: the RESET button doesn't work.

This week I even tried repair RESET button of my Super Nintendo 1Chip to test him as Super Nintendo main for a while. But unfortunately your PCB is not in good condition, the tracks are lost around the reset and oscillator (remnants of a nut transcoding?), and I ended up giving up on him. Trashed.

For a moment I thought about buying another Super Nintendo 1Chip, but I know how hard it is to find a Super Nintendo in good condition today, even more specific template. Who has a Super Nintendo well maintained, no scratches and latches, without oxidations on the boards, tagged gifts and stored, etc. not sell or ask too expensive for him. I don't see the My 3Chip in any way, because he is in perfect state of conservation, as I have shown here in Skooter Blog.

I think if we are giving up originality and making concessions to glitches in favor of better image on Super Nintendo, a more appropriate path is the Analogue Super Nt. Yes, I know it's not an official product, and that is not cheap, but it offers the best image you can get today with a Super Nintendo, better than 1Chip, and without latency as the emulators. Its core, running on FPGA, is based on early versions of Super Nintendo and, therefore, without glitches. He combines the best of all versions of Super Nintendo.

I know that the Super Nintendo 1Chip is an official product, but like Byuu said, It's practically a clone. And clone on clone… Remember, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition It is also an official product, but it's not true to the original hardware, being just an emulator, and even less than the Higan, which is the best emulator of the Super Nintendo and without any relationship with the company.

Ultimately, for those who do not have a Super Nintendo, There are good reasons for wanting an original console, No matter which version is. There are also good reasons to buy Analogue Super Nt. And there's even good reasons to buy Super Nintendo Classic Edition or only emulate with the Higan. It all depends on what we are seeking. May be the original experience factor, can be the nostalgia factor, may be the search for the best image, can be the best cost-benefit, and can be all together and mixed.

But for me, with my use, Today I see little motivation to go after another Super Nintendo 1Chip. On the other hand, I am very interested in Analogue Super Nt and am considering go on pre-sale for classic model, that will be posted on September. The black model is with prompt delivery, but the classic I like better. And is a new product, without the surprises that sometimes appear when we bought a console used by the Internet.

With the Analogue Super Nt I would have the best of both worlds: have the original Super NES still of the first reviews, to answer the question the original experience and nostalgia, for being my Super Nintendo kindergarten. And also would have, with the Analogue, the best chart, all digital via HDMI, without SCART cables or upscalers.

And you? How to play Super Nintendo? Has one or more Super Nintendo? Which review? Is there a clone? Prefer emulators? Which model of the Analogue Super Nt Please you more? Tell us in the comments.

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Olá Skooter!
Your blog is the best of all, have you ever thought about youtuber turn?
Even you having all apparatus (SNES original, framemeister,scart cables, selector…), think it's worth taking an analogue super nt and because?
The analogue offers a superior image, with respect to the original console connected to the framemeister?
Sorry for asking so many questions, TMB have snes and framemeister, I was curious if it would not be an unnecessary investment…

I 3 SNES stopped here at home, definitely don't have time to play and when I'm playing I think I'd better play by Coop on Xbox emulator 360.. It is more practical to pq is always mounted

Is good ? I like to play on the SNES because you don't have to log in at all, you don't have to type anything, you don't have to configure anything,ain't no intro, just put the tape and play time. Just to keep a tv tube is consuming a lot of wasted space. This super analogue looks good because it's small and practical without a lot of wires, but $600…


To me was excellent, There's no lag is what matters to me. If the tone changed or did some artifact in the image that doesn't drive me nuts.
Turn on the TV and xbox, with 30 seconds I'm playing my favorite game in excellent joystick.
But to install the emulator xbox have to be unlocked

I thought in this type of solution to spend less and have good image, equal or almost equal the most expensive options :

Another thing : you was the only video I've seen, that tested top gear.

I have a TV with Component Video tube (YPbPr) and my tbm led tv has component Video cable (YPbPr), It's just that my SNES is the model most foul 2 chips… I want to change a SNES Mini/Baby and make the mod… and how to keep “very bright” that's exactly what I like in the SNES Mini/Baby more brightness…

What better image to 480 real mod or one of these snes Gamerz Tek SNES HDMI type, Super Challenger 16 Hyperkin SupaRetroN HDMI or HD bit ?

Is that 480 I caught one of these clones with good haircuts with emulated international freight fedex quick and all taxes. With 300 I caught a snes with mod chip video component that works on and on led… the problem of these framemeister, etc… It's just too much wire, very adapter, plenty of space and these clones can call on normal led ali, all small, HDMI and wireless controls. The Super Analogue tbm, but $600 is $600 (direct import for own account)… only while the SNES original component video is good and with the same 480 I can buy a travesty here and still be on the discovery channel as sometimes compulsive hoarder srsrsrsrsrs

I did what I didn't want… but not to spend 500 in a clone, I went with 41° C in the shade on the street that sells electronic components here in Porto Alegre looking for material for my SNES repair…

Oh and about the Higan with Mini PC, exactly what I don't want is to have to do hand thing download, Configure, very baaaaaahhh internet the years 90 that, I just want to sit, press on and play, with no effort except the expense to buy ready. In time : My snes gave the candy and the repair does not pay for this search.

On the real I wish super analogue nt was a 600 real, up to about 700 I would pay…

[…] produce images with different quality, Some people search for specific versions, as the famous 1Chip, that I discussed here in Skooter Blog, or even specific revisions 1Chip. There are also those who make mod on the Super Nintendo for […]

I confess I did not know this graphic difference 1chip. Until then, I thought the best version of Super Nintendo was the first, from 1991, the rarest. The rationale is that this version has a separate sound module PCB, which supposedly provides better quality in audio. Externally, You can identify this version, it comes with rubber on all four feet and there is also a kind of mechanical arm that locks the cartridge to connect the POWER. Another feature is that the console is heavier because of the sound module. It would be interesting an article comparing the sound of versions. A hug and congratulations for the blog.

Compared to retrieve the tracks, I think you can hire the service of MRM Electronics, who always put videos of the stages of maintenance. I've seen numerous repairs with Super Nintendo and recovery tracks, there gives the channel on YouTube:

Very good matter, as always.

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Wave. I would like to pass this 1chip to you that has a bad reset? Since you gave up on him.

David Oliveira

I bought a SNES on the shopee for 150 to use only his carcass and to my surprise it was a 1chip in excellent condition. His difference to GPM 02 that I have is screaming, don't have those black shadows. Use with Aliexpress OSSC and scart.

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