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Dec 18, 2005
  1. Costello
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    The first review is available here:
    Neoflash MagicKey 2 review
    The second review is available here:
    NeoMax/MK3 V 0.2 review *UPDATED*

    Reviews of the following products will be posted soon:
    M3 SD / Supercard SD comparison
    ProCard
    xCart
     
  2. MC DUI

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    Good review Darkforce [​IMG]

    I have been very vague on the features of the MK2/3 products, this review is great in learning all about these devices.
    Personally I think they could be a great cart going forward but like you say DF its compatibility is really not too good at the moment.
     
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    Most excellent review DarkForce, aside from:
    MK2 compared to MK3 is a bit off....

    MK2 has 16Mbit as well as the 2Mbit SRAM built in (although its not used yet and they havent made it clear how it will be used)

    MK2 flashes my NeoMax and XG2005 512 cart fine, Im told its currently not working in 0.3 with NeoFlash 512 though [​IMG]

    I haven't figured out how their passme function works, but if I am correct in my guess and they are able to redirect the execute address of the PassMe to the MK boot menu space without a GBA cart - which I kinda doubt [​IMG] - (all MK2/3's have the 16Mbit area for the boot menu and plausibly save backups on top of whatever flash memory and SRAM it has) then all the MK2/3's should theoretically be able to do it.

    In testing, MK3 flash memory is very very fast (as fast as the max speed of the DS slot) and appears to address as if it was an origional game, making patch compatibility pretty much a non-issue.

    Something I should point out as well, the MK3 that is included with NeoMax is 64+32 and operation/ability may wind up different from the stand alone 256 and 512 MK3's
     
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    Damn, Darkforce that was fast, your gonna make the rest of us look bad. [​IMG]

    I'll be reviewing the Neo-Max, so I'll just speak up a little now...

    The difference between the MK2 and the MK3 is small, everything Darkforce has in his review holds true, so there will be little ground for me to cover about the MK3 specifically and I'll focus more on the Neo-Max Kit as a whole...

    Also the software so far is for the both the MK2 and the MK3, so for now there is no real a difference to make note of...

    The only thing to really say is this:

    The MK2 is for homebrew people, and the MK3 is for pirates...

    I'm think the inability to play GBA games is what prevents the Mario Kart Hack from loading :'(
     
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    I think it's unfair to say "You need a GBA cart" and "it doesnt play GBA games" are both problems!

    Other than that though, good review. Compatibility looks like the reason not to bother with this one right now.
     
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    Very nice review, makes me want an MK3 (because I have no gba carts over 256mbit).
     
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    Coool!! I'll be looking forward to the M3 Comparison.
     
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    I think i'll wait for some upgrades then... Since the loading times kinda suck. [​IMG]
     
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    Since your here maybe you can answer this for me?

    How will the 64mb + 32m zip in the Neo-Max MK3 be of any use for most of the roms that will be too big for it?

    Unless I'm mistaken the future of the MK3 is bright, but the Neo-Max one seems rather neutered compared to the two stand alone MK3 sizes you can buy...

    Would that be a mistaken impression?
     
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    Suprised to see such a high score, I am waiting for a software update before I review mine. My wife agrees that the unit is pretty much unplayable right now. Mario Kart, Mario N Luigi, Bubble Bobble, the games work fine just loading levels suck BALLS. Interface does kick ass though and the unit shows tons of promise, its just a matter of time as to when the unit actually will shine. Dr. Neo did say that only the MK3 will load games perfectly...I hope that was a misunderstanding though.
     
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    Thanks for the review of the NeoMax/MK3 Luse. [​IMG]

    Definitely seems as though the Supercard, M3 and G6 are the carts to stick with for the moment.

    These carts just seem overly complicated at this point in time. Maybe once all you need is the MK3 and an SD card with pure roms this thing would kick arse, but at this stage they are all over the shop.

    Releasing carts at almost only beta stage is really poor IMO.
     
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    Always count on GBA temp reviewers to give excellent, quality, informative reviews [​IMG]
    I still dont get where they got the "High-Speed" from in this [​IMG]
     
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    Both Darkforces and my review had deadlines in place, so like it's mentioned in the reviews they will be updated when the software is.

    Like WeaponX, Costello, and Darkforce, I think the MK2/MK3 will kick ass one day, it's just a matter of time...

    Cory I think you've done a great job on the neoflash boards, and I figured you'd be able to keep us straight on some of the features of the Neostuffs (like that the neo-max MK3 has 128mb instead of the listed 64m... That's a hell of a misprint) so thanks for your input, and I hope when the next software updates are out and we update our review's you'll still keep us straight... [​IMG]



    As for these being released too early or still with beta software, sure that sucks, but even the EZ-Flash 3 started off like that, and it turned into one of the best GBA carts you can buy... That same thing will more then likely happen here, probably more so with the MK3 then the others, but again it's just a matter of time...
     
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    You have no idea how much I appreciate the compliment. [​IMG]
    I dont think it was a misprint, only that when used as a MK3 with the boot menu it has access to more memory (likely due to a chip spec) than when used with the NeoMax software. Im still waiting to see exactly how much can truly be written before I stand by 100% what I was told about it having 128mbit [​IMG]
     

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