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Tech Talk Here Comes a new Challenger Brand new SNES PCBs from Arcade Master 1

Mar 2, 2015 at 8:18:31 PM
MrPete1985 (35)
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Update - Check out version 2




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ArcadeMaster1 has been busy creating new SNES PCBs you can buy that are extremely versatile, you can run anything from a simple SWM hack all the way up to ExHiROM and even Star Ocean.

When the boards arrive this is how they come in the mail, with everything installed except for the EPROM(s) and battery, he does include the battery



Some of the features that stood out to me over other options on the market
Nice thick power traces


Each IC has its own power bypass cap


Traces routed by hand


Nice wide slots for the battery that I did not understand why they were so wide at first until I installed the battery and realized it was so the battery would sit flush on the board



These boards could not be simpler to install just program your EPROM(s) set a few jumpers and put the board in the SNES

Check out arcademaster1's YouTube video to see all of the features of the board




And here is a video featuring a Star Ocean build




Order boards here:
https://www.mortoffgames.com/supe...

Currently they cost $15 per board

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Edited: 07/12/2017 at 02:17 PM by MrPete1985

Mar 2, 2015 at 8:21:59 PM
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This could not be better timed and the versatilely he's shown in his video is amazing. Especially with the Star Ocean compatibility.

Mar 2, 2015 at 10:38:18 PM
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Maybe he tells you the price in the video... I don't know because I haven't watched it. But what's the price? Think I bought about a dozen of his other boards.

Mar 2, 2015 at 11:19:47 PM
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I too have tried it and in my own opinion its the best pcb available
Really high quality stuff and amazing design

Mar 3, 2015 at 1:01:50 AM
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They're $15 each + shipping.

Mar 3, 2015 at 6:14:26 PM
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$15 each? ctrl+f "flash". No results. Moving along.

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Mar 7, 2015 at 10:13:12 AM
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A few people have asked what programmer I have been using, they were having the same issue I had with my old Willem, any ICs that need an adapter just will not program correctly.

I upgraded to a Xeltek Superpro USB 610P and have never looked back, programs 27C322s perfect every time.

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Mar 7, 2015 at 10:34:06 AM
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Just recieved a few of these boards a week ago. Finished building a Chrono Trigger CE the other day. Awesome Game, awesome board. What else to say, other then i'm looking forward to ordering a few more boards soon.

Tried to upload a picture but the system is doing some werid stuff. Hope to load one later.


Edited: 03/07/2015 at 10:36 AM by Gaetznes

Mar 8, 2015 at 8:33:27 AM
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Originally posted by: JimJames

$15 each? ctrl+f "flash". No results. Moving along.

I'm pretty sure you can use TSOP adapters with these, just like any donor or new board.  It's not like they're coming with the chips.


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Mar 8, 2015 at 10:26:11 AM
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This board supports 16bit DIP42 ROMs, the 8bit 29F series TSOPs are not supported. There is 1 TSOP chip on these boards this is the SRAM used for game saves.
These are the supported EPROMs

27C322 (32mbit – 4mByte) UV or OTP roms
27C160 (16mbit – 2mByte) UV or OTP roms
29F1615 (16mbit – 2mByte) This is a Flash rom.
27C800 (8mbit – 1mByte) UV or OTP roms (not to be confused with the 27c080 or 27c801)

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Mar 17, 2015 at 6:06:49 PM
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Here is some cart I've built for myself using those board
Tales of phantasia:


Flames of Eternity:



Secret of Mana 2 (will soon add to it Secret of mana 1 + Secret of Evemore)



This one is a Multi Donkey Kong Country 1+2+3, will probably add Mario All Star+SMW to it
This one required an extra pic microcontroller


Really great stuff, highly recommand to anyone doing repro stuff.


Mar 18, 2015 at 2:33:40 AM
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That's good.

Mar 24, 2015 at 5:19:13 AM
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Putting together a Star Ocean



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Apr 7, 2015 at 4:45:31 PM
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Finally bought some PICs and got around to testing the multigame builds and they are working great.

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Apr 7, 2015 at 6:28:05 PM
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What have you built so far??
Using Pic, I've only done a multi DonkeyKongCountry and Ancient Stone Tablets so far.

Apr 7, 2015 at 7:33:25 PM
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Final Fantasy 4,5,6 multi cart and Dragon Quest 1&2,3,5 Multi cart

I might do an AST later

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Jun 2, 2015 at 7:18:11 PM
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AM1 is testing hit new boards right now and is looking for input about the batteries. He wants to know if people would like them with battery holder like in the picture below or the traditional batteries with the solder tabs.



My pcb can accommodate 2 battery types. The standard pc solder-legs we have used forever and (in the picture I sent) the pressure mount coin type battery - no solder tabs. So here's the deal... The battery holder is cheap -- like .23c from mouser here in the states... And the coin battery it uses is also cheap .. About .24c. (All are CR2032)
So battery and holder both are less than .50c together. The cheapest pc mount battery I've found has been about .44c but usually higher around .55c
Which would you (and general public) prefer?

It's obviously cheaper (for me) to not buy or mount holder on the manufacturing side.... But when you factor in the cheaper non-pc battery, it evens out.
And the batteries I'm referring to aren't the half-drained Chinese ones... These are fresh ones made by Panasonic sold by mouse here in the states.
For me personally.

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Jun 3, 2015 at 7:38:26 PM
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I totally think cost effectiveness is the best way to go either way. I mean with either option you wont be changing the battery any time soon, they tend to last years.

Jun 4, 2015 at 6:51:15 AM
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aziwoqpd is rolling in his grave!!!

Jul 25, 2015 at 12:20:06 PM
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Check out the version 2 video in the first post

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Jul 31, 2015 at 11:08:13 AM
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really awesome stuff, can't wait for them to arrive!

biggest change between v1 and v2 is the included extra pic, which makes multi games even easier

also, I think arcademaster1 can't ship batteries over the ocean so I think the included battery is USA customers only

Jan 27 at 9:02:41 AM
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Hmmm since Retrostage is out of stock a lot, I was thinking of maybe picking some of these up, however I can't seem to view the "Instruction Manual"'s for the boards.. The link just brings me to cpanel login screen :-/

Edit: the 4-rom and No Save boards link to pdf's just fine.. only the Simple Save 2-rom board has a broken link .. I was able to drop customerservice an email and they immediately replied with the pdf in question attached!

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Edited: 01/28/2017 at 11:56 AM by Pendragonx