Which is better for wood R4 Or R4i-Gold

Discussion in 'Online Stores and Purchases' started by SuperSpeedster11, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. SuperSpeedster11

    SuperSpeedster11 Newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    United States
    I reallly need help with this so i don't waste my money.

    Has anyone bought both of them and tested it please answer.

    Also any cheap but good flashcard recommendations?
  2. omgpwn666

    omgpwn666 Guy gamer and proud!

    Jun 14, 2008
    United States
    I think R4i-Gold is a clone of some sort, so I will say R4. Seriously, don't quote me on this, pretty positive I could be wrong.
  3. basher11

    basher11 GBAtemp's Official Vocaloid Lover

    Jun 29, 2009
    United States
    get the original R4 from shoptemp. it works with wood.
  4. GreatCrippler

    GreatCrippler Greatness Fallen

    Mar 27, 2010
    United States
    Grand Junction, Colorado
    The Regular R4 is better. I don't think they have updated the R4iGold version since it's initial launch.(wood 1.14)
  5. pichon64

    pichon64 GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 21, 2009
    Actually they updated the Wood R4 (v1.17) for R4i Gold yesterday. Here: http://www.r4idsn.com/download.asp
  6. ThePowerOutage

    ThePowerOutage The Lord of the Flyes

    Mar 23, 2009
    R4i DSN is probably better as it gets official updates from ywg.
    That or SCDS2 with that R4 emu thing lol
  7. SuperSpeedster11

    SuperSpeedster11 Newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    United States
    I think r4i-Gold is better but i just need the card for my ds lite because i have a flash cart for my dsi already. [​IMG]
  8. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    You have three choices for carts that have proper support/updates.
    [*]The original R4.
    NOT "R4-III Upgrade", NOT "R4-SDHC", NOT "R4i", NOT "R4 Gold", NOT "R4 Red", NOT "R4 King"...
    • Price: $6 from shoptemp.com
    • Rank: The cheap card for somebody that just wants to play some games on a DS/Lite.
    [*]Acekard 2i
    • Price: $16 from shoptemp.com
    • Rank: Mid-range card for people that want to play lots of games on a DSi/XL with some extra features.
    [*]Supercard DSTwo[​IMG]
    • DS / DS Lite
      The card will work on an original (fat) DS or a DS Lite.
    • DSi / DSi XL
      The card will work on a DSi or DSi XL as well.
    • Game Updates
      Firmware updates are what let cards play newer games, these are the life-blood of the card.
    • SDHC
      SDHC refers to SD cards larger than 2GB (gigabytes). If there's no SDHC support, you can only use SD cards up to 2GB.
    • AP Bypass
      The DSTwo has special features to ignore AP in most games, letting you play them without having to wait for a firmware update first.
    • RTS
      The Real-Time Save (Save State) function lets you save and reload your game progress at any moment you wish.
    • In-Game Guide
      You can pull up text files and images in-game, in order to check a walkthrough or map you downloaded at any time during a game.
    • Slow Motion
      The card lets you slow down the game speed as you wish.
    • In-Game Cheats
      The card lets you create and modify cheats while the game is running.
    • Special Homebrew
      The card has multiple pieces of special homebrew, such as it's own GBA and SNES emulators, as well as text/PDF reader and video player.
    • Battery Life
      Unfortunately the DSTwo's extra CPU and RAM (which give it the special features) eat into the battery life a bit.

    If you don't like referral links, the non-ref versions are here.
    Acekard 2i
    Supercard DSTwo
  9. RoMee

    RoMee ??

    Sep 3, 2010
    United States
    well with R4 you will always have wood but you're limited to 2 GB and DS lite only

    with the R4i gold you have sdhc support, and it'll work on DSi, and now it has wood
    I have a R4i gold and with wood it's pretty damn good
  10. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    Clones aren't actually bad by themselves, it's the fact that they usually don't get good firmware support that's the problem. R4iGold, once a lowly R4 clone, has recently been blessed with the YW Goblin's legendary Official Wood firmware.

    This changes everything.

    Now, the Acekard 2i has a serious challenger for the jack-of-all-trades-mid-priced-card catagory -- and this challenger's cheaper!

    Should the new Big 3 be:

    R4iGold (not AK2i)
  11. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 8, 2009
    No because AKAIO is godly, not to mention Acekard 2i can go over 2gb and inspired Wood..
  12. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    the r4i gold that shoptemp sells is from the split team who run r4ids.cn and the r4idsn websites. this card is not a clone (as in a copy of anything) but based on the ak2i hardware (it also uses an actel chip). the only relevance it has to the original r4ds is the name “r4.” the r4i gold that is sold by the team who stayed behind is the r4 ultra repackaged with an r4i gold sticker and box. the r4 ultra was an oem design manufactured by acekard with software support from team acekard. acekard no longer supports it in anyway and akaio blocks it.

    the r4i gold that you are asking about is actually a pretty good card. the native menu isn't that bad, but it lacks ANY options. the team is active and they are putting out rom updates. they now have a deal with ywg to build a fork of his firmware with each release that runs on their r4i gold. the card is more expensive than the 1:1 r4ds that shoptemp sells. i have both sitting in front of me and to be honest i think the 1:1 r4ds is not a clone or a newly manufactured card. the box, print, font, logo, colors, cardboard thickness, and everything else are an exact match the real r4ds i also have in front of me. i don't know for sure, because i didn't ask, but the 1:1 might just be old r4 stock from after nintendo sued r4 and effectively ended the team.

    i would recommend either card if you want an r4 (probably for the wood firmware). otherwise if you can spend a bit more money you can grab the acekard 2.1.

    R4 1:1 on ShopTemp
    Acekard 2.1 on ShopTemp

    -another world
  13. redblue

    redblue Banned

    Nov 4, 2010
    United States
    The r4i gold is not bad.This team keep the kernel updated frequently.Besides. they seem to have got wood r4's support recently.
  14. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    the R4i gold seems like a good choice now since it apparently gets updated wood (1.17 is available) and their team hangs around the forums.

    of course the best choice is always to go with the original deal, R4 DS, but since it is limited to 2 gigabytes due to the lack of SDHC support, you might have no choice but to go with the R4i Gold. Even better, follow Rydian's recommendations, he said it all.
  15. SuperSpeedster11

    SuperSpeedster11 Newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    United States
    I'm going with the original r4 because it gets updates faster than r4i-Gold and because i'm not going to use it a lot so i don't want to have to pay a lot of money for something i'm not going to use a lot. (I'm getting it for a 3 week trip and i don't want to bring my r4i-sdhc since my favorite game save is in there)

    I was thinking about DSTWO but it's to expensive. I saw the n5i [​IMG] somewhere but we all know why no one wants that and Acekard is only other card i would buy.
  16. sinan

    sinan Member

    May 30, 2010
    United States
    I have a dilemma. I've had an original R4 for my DS lite for a couple of years now and love it thanks to the wood firmware.
    I just bought my wife another ds lite since she's been wanting one for a while now and was going to give her my old R4 and buy a new card for myself.

    I've been considering the R4i Gold (now that it's wood compatible), the Acekard2, and the DSTwo. The reason I don't want another R4 is that I want to use an SDHC card. So which card would you recommend?

    As far as the DSTwo, the GBA emulation is a nice feature even if it's buggy from what I hear. And it's also a bonus that you don't have to wait for compatibility patches. Neither are huge selling points for me though and the price is making me think it's probably not worth the cash (for me).

    If that's the case then it comes down to the R4i and the AceKard2. Both are roughly the same price, so which one should I get? I really have not researched the AceKard2 in any depth so I am not sure how it compares. Does it get frequent updates like the wood firmware? Also, now that wood is going to be merged with Akaio does that give one card an additional advantage over the other?

    I would really appreciate any input your guys can give me. Thanks
  17. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    The DSTwo is less than the price of a single game.

    As for R4i versus AK2i, go with the AK2i, it's got a few extra features like wifi updating of cheats and bug fixes.
  18. Evo.lve

    Evo.lve All that you could be.

    Oct 11, 2010
    Away from you.
    It's exactly this that makes me wonder why everyone complains about the cost of the DS2.

    tl;dr version of everything in this topic:

    R4 = good
    Ak2i = good
    DS2 = good
    R4i-Gold = umm... good?
  19. urbon

    urbon Banned

    Oct 30, 2010
    United States
    It seems that AK2i is much more expensive than R4i gold.
  20. Etalon

    Etalon Former Akaio Fanboy

    Oct 18, 2010
    Really? $2 or how much more?