Acekard 2i & M3i Zero Comparision

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Oct 14, 2009
  1. rockstar99
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    If you need any flashcarts visit DSCartShop [​IMG]

    Hi fellow tempers today im going to be comparing the most popular and best carts for the ds.
    The M3i Zero+M3 Sakura
    The Acekard 2i+AKAIO
    The CycloDS Evolution+Firmware 1.56 Beta 3
    So Lets Begin:

    Introduction


    M3i Zero
    Its M3's latest slot 1 flashcart which supports all ds models and had lots of hype because it could be fully upgradable meaning if nintendo released an update to block dsi flashcarts the m3 could eaisly upgrade itself to work again.With a great firmware M3 Sakura its one of the top carts out but did it really deserve all the hype it got...
    We find out today.
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    Acekard 2i:
    The first ever DSi Flashcart which was also very anticipated due to it being the first dsi cart to reach online stores.People thought that the acekard could be blocked by nintendo's firmware updates...but everyone was wrong and afer the acekard came out with the 1.4 fix it lest everyones mouths open.The acekard is supported with a great unofficial firmware AKAIO you can read about it in the firmware section in the comparision.
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    CycloDS Evolution
    Many of you must of heard the name some may also have the card but is it really worth the $60 or is it all about packaging we find out today.
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    Packaging


    M3i Zero:
    Dark Blue box
    Cool M3i Logo
    Strong Packaging
    Feature List on back in bad english
    Many freebies
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    Acekard 2i:Weak box
    Nothing new from old acekard boxes other than a sticker saying dsi compatible on it
    No freebies
    Back of box has a feature list in bad english
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    CycloDS Evolution
    You know anybody would be attracted to the cyclods when they see the packaging but when they go close and get a better look at the price tag most people run away.The cyclods comes in a tin box not too big.Its contents are a cyclods card and a microsd card reader with the cyclods evolution logo on it.The card reader isnt that great but does its job well.The packaging is good and you can keep the box at home to put stuff in.
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    Package Contents


    M3i Zero:
    M3i Zero Cart
    Case For M3i Zero and microSD
    MicroSD card reader
    Flashing cable
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    Acekard 2i:
    Acekard 2i Cart
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    CycloDS Evolution
    CycloDS Cart
    MicroSD Card Reader
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    Cart Design:


    M3i Zero:
    Weak build quality
    SD Card slot on the side
    Bump On cart
    Small hole for flashing cable
    Spring loaded microSD slot
    Stcker is sexy
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    Acekard:
    Better build quality
    Sd slot on the top of cart
    Spring Loaded
    Sticker is waek and mine came off 1 week after getting mine
    Shiny sticker
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    CycloDS Evolution
    White or black shell
    Strong Build
    No Spring
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    Firmware:



    M3i Zero:
    M3 Sakura
    Fast Menu
    Can Play Music/Videos/Pictures/Text Directly without moonshell
    More skinnable
    Real Time Save
    Real Time Guide
    Mini Apps Like a disk check which check your sd card for bad files(can be disabled)
    Cannot play DPG4
    There are the menu controls on the top screen
    Can slide open file to launch it
    Supports .skn files for skinning so you dont need a large number of pictures for a skin
    Can apply wallpapers using any picture
    Bad homebrew Support
    Better GBA Support(On DS Phat And Lite)
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    Acekard 2i:
    AKAIO(Acekard All In One)
    Much faster menu
    Can hide GBA mode in DSi
    Has A Start Menu with many features(Cut,copy,paste,delete,patches,3in1 settings etc.)
    More Skins Available
    Harder to make skins
    Can update firmware and cheats through Wi-Fi
    Faster Game Loading
    Calendar on top screen
    Gets quickest upadtes
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    CycloDS Evolution
    Simple
    3 options
    Games/homebrew
    media
    setup
    RTS
    RTG
    Slow Motion
    Cheat Codes
    Fast
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    Comaptibility:



    M3i Zero:
    98%
    Slower Updates

    Acekard 2i:
    100%
    Faster Updates

    CycloDS Evolution
    100%
    Fast Updates

    Final Verdict:



    M3i Zero:

    PROS:
    Better looking cart
    SD Card slot on the side
    Dont need another DS to upadte bootloader
    Sakura Looks Better
    Direct Media Playback
    DiskCheck
    RTS
    RTG
    Nice LED when flashing
    Supports 3 firmwares(Sakura,Touchpod,itouchDS)
    Freebies
    Better looking box

    CONS:
    Weaker build quality
    Menu is slower than AKAIO
    Lacks some features that AKAIO has
    More Expensive
    Can get bricked during flashing
    Homebrew support is bad on sakura


    Acekard 2i:

    PROS:
    Fast Menu
    Better Build Quality
    100% Compatibility
    Can disable GBA icon on DSi
    Can update through Wi-Fi
    More Skins
    No risk of bricking(can be restored)
    Start menu is a nice addon
    Faster upadtes
    AKAIO
    Wii Connectivity
    Cheap

    CONS:
    Need moonshell for media
    Some batches have contact issues
    Menu has everything crammed up
    Hard to make skins
    Lives on AKAIO the official firmware sucks so if AKAIO dies the acekard dies with it

    CycloDS Evolution

    PROS:
    Simple Menu
    100% Compatibility
    Good team that speaks in english not chingrish
    Frequent Updates
    RTS
    RTG
    Slow Motion
    No Need To Put Firmwrae On Cart
    Fast Loading
    Good Box
    Good Build
    Good Card Reader

    CONS:
    Expensive($450


    M3i Zero:
    People who want media and features and care about the gui

    Acekard 2i:

    HardCore Gamers

    CycloDS Evolution
    People who are hardcore gamers and also want features


    Have a good day! [​IMG]
    Hope you liked it and be free to ask any questions.

    if you are interest in the above card, i can recommend you to take a look at gamezway.com

    If you need any flashcarts visit DSCartShop [​IMG]
     


  2. rockstar99
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    go for the acekard or cyclo
     
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    actually it is,
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    Is it Acekard 2 same with Acekard 2i ?
     
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    yes but 2i works on dsi
     
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    Erm..I see..Nice comparison!~
    Good work!~Keep it up... [​IMG]

    btw,sent you friend request... hehe XD

    Edit:add u in msn too...Hope we can be friend if you dun mind... [​IMG]
     
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    thanks ill add you back when i log in
     
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    What is the spring loaded thing in acekard actually ?
    Whats that?
     
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    microsd slot
     
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    The comparison is okay but there are several problems with it. It could be structured a bit better, a lot of punction is missing where it is needed and the fact that the Acekard 2i is spring loaded is also slightly false. Only the first builds of the Acekard 2i are spring loaded. The newer ones aren't spring loaded.

    It's a fine comparison overall.
     
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    How distinguish the newer build and the older build of AK2?
     
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    sorry ill keep what you said in mind for my next review/comaparision
    but i didnt know that newer batches have springs because mine does [​IMG]



    if you buy one now its most likley a new build
     
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    Wow thanks for great guide it has helped me decide which one to update to. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Your welcome [​IMG]
    which one are you going with?
     
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    sorry dont warn me [​IMG]
     
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    sorry dont warn me [​IMG]
     
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    I worry the shop in my country dun update their stock...><
    So is there any new thing/sign in the new build?
     

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