Is it okay to buy unofficial component cables?

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  1. Yepi69
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    I'm planning to buy unofficial component cables because I want to get the best out of best resolution (and because the original A/V cables are having issues and flickering) without having to shell 30$ for official ones, however I have read from some people that they screwed their Wii's GPU by using unofficial component cables, the ones I'm gonna buy are these and they are very cheap also, I have contacted the store and they told me those were OEM cables with CE certification and it wouldn't screw my Wii, however I am worried.
    Is it ok to buy unofficial component cables or does it really screw up the Wii's GPU? I know original is always better but it isn't cheap.
     
  2. Essometer

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    If you already know that unofficial cables might damage your Wii, why would you ask as?
    Also, the store will probable tell you anything to get their shit sold.

    To answer you question, I´m using an unoffical componet cable on my Wii since forever and
    everything is fine. My sisters Wii is also fine and she is using an unoffical cable, too.
     
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    I've been using an unofficial cable for years and my Wii still works perfectly.
     
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    I've used cheap third-party cables before and haven't experienced any problems. An AV cable could only damage a system if it's not wired properly. The cables should be safe, but if you are really worried, you could always verify the wiring before using the cable. Using either an ohmmeter or a flashlight blub/battery combination verify the wiring against a cable pinout. If you do test the wiring, also make sure to verify none of the wires are shorted together. The chances of a bad cable are very low, but technically there is always a chance.
     
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    Because I need to make sure, otherwise I'm gonna have to give Pimptendo 30$ for some cables that have the same quality as the cheap ones.
     
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    I would advise against it if you can afford the official ones. Third party may cost less, but they also have a high rate of failure. Just do a google search and you'll find thousands of people with bad cables, almost all of them third party. Even the ones that don't fail often have poor shielding, so the picture isn't as good. The official ones are very high quality.

    If you are set on third party ones, then I suggest you at least read some reviews on them (figure out the brand and search other sites) to see if other people had issues with them.
     
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    I use monster cables. no problems here, got them when i ordered family's wii 4 yrs ago.
     
  9. Leo Alves

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    I had never heard that a generic component cable could damage the wii's GPU, is this true??

    But i heard that can cause interference if used simultaneously with some thirdy-party ac adapters


    I'm starting to get paranoid with the wii, with these stories about the gpu frying, Bluetooh module frying, infestation of cockroaches :P

    but serious, since we are talking about it

    I paid 18 bucks for a component cable, I was told by the seller that it was an official brand cable from Nintendo of Japan but this didn't came with the Manual, neither the Nintendo Official Logo on the box, only a small ''Nintendo'' logo on the top right of the box (which you can not see on the image) . The Cable have the Nintendo name and the serial RVL-011 on the plug though.
    but I'm still suspicious that it is fake

    here is a image:
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    I've been using the 8$ madcatz ones for years without issue.
     
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    I have had third party cables for years on my wii and they work fine. My playstation component cables were cheaply made and the cable came apart though, I was able to slap some duct tape on it to hold it together and it works fine.

    I never seen any real world justification for spending extra money on expensive cables despite what some A/V nerds might claim. Monster cables are a pure rip off in my mind. My iphone 5 lightning cable however I may need to go first party, my third party cable stopped working and I suspect a software update disabled it.
     
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    If the gray end of the cable says Nintendo, yes its real.
    And yes, according to some users, they did indeed fried the GPU due to 3rd party and/or faulty cables (remember, faulty 3rd party, not faulty 1st party)
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    I think I'll buy the original Nintendo component cables, however they aren't cheap around here either but at least I know they're working.
     
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    If they screwed up their GPU it was probably due to overheating in standby mode, not 3rd party component cables.
    I have the 1st party ones and they are horribly overpriced, but it's just a cable. At 480p it does not matter a whole lot what cables you use and there is not much that can go wrong. If you use them on the Wii U however, quality matters a bit more as with poor shielding and such there is more interference and that could have a negative impact at HD resolutions.
    In the end, it's just a cable though, there is no way it could damage the Wii. The worst thing that could happen is the cable simply doesn't work, but it would take a lot for even that to happen.
     
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