Hi, im new here so hello everyone You may have seen my name before over at the benheck forums, and this thread is bascially a 'mirror' of the thread that I started over there. It was suggested to me that this info would also be useful here at the modretro forums, and that there may also be people over here that would like to contribute to this list. Hopefully nobody sees any harm in posting this in both forums - I just think the more information I can gather, the better this list will become! What im hoping is if other people could tell me their N64's serial number (If you dont mind giving it - it shouldnt be important anymore as it not like it will still be under warranty!) and the motherboard revision code. The serial number is on a small white sticker on the bottom of the console, and the revision code is printed on the actual motherboard behind the cartridge slot, but you will need to remove the top half of the N64's casing (& Jumper/Exp. Pak) to see it - but everything else (Heatsinks etc) can be left alone If you have a transparent N64 it is not even necessary to open the casing! You can read the revision code from the motherboard by holding the N64 under a bright light and looking through the power supply slot Originally the following serial list was intended just to be a reference for which N64 consoles can and can't be RGB modded. However over time it has evolved and now I would now like to build up the knowledge about N64 board revisions and their corresponding serial numbers if possible, no matter if your N64 is from the USA, Japan or Europe. I would like to keep expanding this list and fill in any 'blanks' (For US systems theirs a gap between NS255****** and NS270******, and nothing much beyond NS30*******) Also, if you already plan on removing the entire N64 heatsink please let me know your CPU, RCP and RAM revisions (These are all the biggest chips on the board) They will be labelled:- CPU-NUS * RCP-NUS * RDRAM**-NUS * Where I have put * is the important part - usually * will be a number, or a letter such as 'A' or 'B' - which means the chip has been revised and improved since the previous letter. If we can learn on what motherboard revisions Nintendo made these changes we can work out which models are best for overclocking and other mods etc P.S. Please bear in mind that im trying to keep the guide as accurate as possible, so if your N64 has already been 'portabilised', and you arent sure what was the original casing then its probably best not to add to the serial list (No offense intended) However you could still give me a list of all the major chips on your revision Many thanks in advance, and thanks for reading LAST UPDATED 07/05/11 N64 SERIAL NUMBER / REVISION LIST If you have any N64 consoles still with the original casing please consider posting in this thread and letting me know your serial number and motherboard revision (Printed on the motherboard behind the cartridge slot) and I will add them to this list as soon as I can Japanese NUJ10185860 - NUS-CPU-01 NUJ10379732 - NUS-CPU-02 NUJ10443582 - NUS-CPU-02 NUJ10950746 - NUS-CPU-02 NUJ10961070 - NUS-CPU-02 NUJ11284943 - NUS-CPU-03 NUJ13319819 - NUS-CPU-04 NUJ13624446 - NUS-CPU-05 NUJ13664217 - NUS-CPU-05 NUJ13766992 - NUS-CPU-05 NUJ14712392 - NUS-CPU-05-1 USA NS100086232 - NUS-CPU-02 (Store Kiosk Unit) NS100852325 - NUS-CPU-03 NS100932881 - NUS-CPU-03 NS101568393 - NUS-CPU-03 NS102245156 - NUS-CPU-03 NS105145712 - NUS-CPU-03 NS105519094 - NUS-CPU-03 NS105866648 - NUS-CPU-03 NS105993542 - NUS-CPU-03 NS107466808 - NUS-CPU-03 NS109807944 - NUS-CPU-03 NS115716209 - NUS-CPU-03 NS119128565 - NUS-CPU-03 NS122626751 - NUS-CPU-03 NS124591453 - NUS-CPU-03 NS127767114 - NUS-CPU-03 NS127855507 - NUS-CPU-03 NS127959472 - NUS-CPU-03 NS128695706 - NUS-CPU-03 NS130427562 - NUS-CPU-03 NS132070599 - NUS-CPU-03 NS133533895 - NUS-CPU-03 NS133598474 - NUS-CPU-03 NS135731008 - NUS-CPU-04 NS136718770 - NUS-CPU-04 NS143950163 - NUS-CPU-04 NS144204234 - NUS-CPU-04 NS146956520 - NUS-CPU-04 NS147230940 - NUS-CPU-04 NS153056367 - NUS-CPU-04 NS153195134 - NUS-CPU-04 NS157560440 - NUS-CPU-04 NS163367613 - NUS-CPU-04 NS167167462 - NUS-CPU-04 NS168051067 - NUS-CPU-04 NS170611204 - NUS-CPU-04 NS175432439 - NUS-CPU-04 NS180431212 - NUS-CPU-04 NS180875351 - NUS-CPU-04 NS205730658 - NUS-CPU-05 NS208495233 - NUS-CPU-05 NS215823142 - NUS-CPU-05 NS215885478 - NUS-CPU-05 NS219006367 - NUS-CPU-05 NS219449416 - NUS-CPU-05 NS220244512 - NUS-CPU-05 NS225840672 - NUS-CPU-05 NS229261794 - NUS-CPU-05 NS230549744 - NUS-CPU-05 NS232064337 - NUS-CPU-05 NS233995890 - NUS-CPU-06 NS235136963 - NUS-CPU-05 NS235377564 - NUS-CPU-06 NS237047359 - NUS-CPU-05 NS243965036 - NUS-CPU-05 NS244104601 - NUS-CPU-07 NS245115552 - NUS-CPU-07 NS246402262 - NUS-CPU-07 NS245536326 - NUS-CPU-05 NS245848030 - NUS-CPU-05 NS251298027 - NUS-CPU-08 NS254977622 - NUS-CPU-05-1 NS270238981 - NUS-CPU-08 NS277755566 - NUS-CPU-08 NS279164397 - NUS-CPU-08 NS281891694 - NUS-CPU-08-1 NS283495234 - NUS-CPU-08-1 NS285952469 - NUS-CPU-08-1 NS291430616 - NUS-CPU-08-1 NS292228809 - NUS-CPU-08-1 NS297648602 - NUS-CPU-09 NS298663130 - NUS-CPU-09 NS302830466 - NUS-CPU-09-1 NS901672245 - NUS-CPU-09 Consoles with NS9******** serials appear to be Nintendo refurbished systems and have a new serial number sticker placed over the original sticker. Here is an example picture of a boxed Nintendo refurbished system:- So far all reported 'NS9' consoles have used the NUS-CPU-09 motherboard, however since all 'NS9' consoles have likely been refurbished Nintendo could have installed whatever motherboard revision they had available at the time. Canadian NS600032326 - NUS-CPU-03 NS601623141 - NUS-CPU-04 NS603358522 - NUS-CPU-04 NS605180732 - NUS-CPU-05 NS610192102 - NUS-CPU-05 European NUP13723487 - NUS-CPU(P)-01 NUP13892869 - NUS-CPU(P)-01 NUP15465864 - NUS-CPU(P)-01 NUP15754441 - NUS-CPU(P)-02 NUP15787038 - NUS-CPU(P)-02 NUP16551203 - NUS-CPU(P)-01 (Pikachu Model) RGB Moddable N64's Keychart NTSC N64 motherboard revisions that can be RGB modded:- NUS-CPU-01 NUS-CPU-02 NUS-CPU-03 NUS-CPU-04 NTSC N64 motherboard revisions that can't be (easily) RGB modded:- NUS-CPU-05 NUS-CPU-05-1 NUS-CPU-06 NUS-CPU-07 NUS-CPU-08 NUS-CPU-08-1 NUS-CPU-09 NUS-CPU-09-1 Only one PAL N64 motherboard revision can be (easily) RGB modded, a rare French model that has the code 'NUS-001(FRA)' on the black base sticker and has the motherboard code NUS-CPU(R)-01 I should explain that by 'easily' RGB modded I mean any N64 revision which includes the 'VDC-NUS' DAC chip which outputs analog RGB. Later N64 revisions have the DAC and Video Encoder chips combined into one chip with no way to access the analog RGB signals, so in order to RGB mod them you would need to build a replacement DAC chip as shown here:- http://members.optusnet.com.au/eviltim/ ... 64rgb.html http://members.optusnet.com.au/eviltim/ ... embly.html This RGB mod will work on any N64 but it is quite complicated and not recomended for beginners as you can hopefully tell by the end assembly pictures! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ LAST UPDATED 04/05/11 N64 MOTHERBOARD REVISIONS GUIDE NTSC REVISIONS NUS-CPU-01 (1996) Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS A RDRAM18-NUS A VDC-NUS ENC-NUS BU9480F AMP-NUS Notes:- The very first production revision, likely only available in Japan and seemingly quite rare. NUS-CPU-02 (1996) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS A RDRAM18-NUS A VDC-NUS ENC-NUS BU9480F AMP-NUS Notes:- Used in some VERY early US consoles used in store kiosk displays prior to launch. Most if not all US launch consoles sold at retail were NUS-CPU-03 or later. NUS-CPU-03 (1996) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS or CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS A RDRAM18-NUS A VDC-NUS or VDC-NUS A ENC-NUS BU9480F AMP-NUS Notes:- Most early US consoles are this revision. Last revision to have a buffered C-Sync signal available from the 'MULTI OUT' port. Very late models use the 'CPU-NUS A', which might be better for overclocking(?) NUS-CPU-04 (1996,1997) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS B RDRAM18-NUS B VDC-NUS A ENC-NUS BU9480F AMP-NUS Notes:- All N64's from this revision onwards use the 'CPU-NUS A'. This is the last revision to use the 'VDC-NUS' chip, so is also the last revision that can be easily RGB modded. The traces for C-Sync output still remain on this revision but the SMT components have been left off the board as a cost cutting measure, so there is no buffered C-Sync output available from the 'MULTI OUT' port from this revision and onwards. NUS-CPU-05 (1997) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS B RDRAM18-NUS B AVDC-NUS or MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- Only revision to use the 'AVDC-NUS' chip, later produced models of this revision also use the 'MAV-NUS' chip suggesting that both chips are pin-compatible (Perhaps even just renamed) From this revision and onwards there is no easy RGB mod (As it would require a replacement DAC chip) NUS-CPU-05-1 (1997) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS ? RDRAM18-NUS ? MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- First revision to start using the '-1' suffix, possibly denoting only very minor changes. NUS-CPU-06 (1998) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- First NTSC revision to start using one RDRAM chip. Only one report of this revision so possibly quite rare (Perhaps only a few hundred thousand produced) NUS-CPU-07 (1998) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- Only one report of this revision so possibly quite rare (Perhaps only a few hundred thousand produced) NUS-CPU-08 (1999) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- First revision to start using the 'MX8350MC' dual clock generator chip instead of two separate 'MX8330MC'. NUS-CPU-08-1 (1999) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- Another minor revision (What changed?) NUS-CPU-09 (2000) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- Cost reduced model - the CPU and RCP heatsink blocks have even been removed, instead the top metal 'fin' has indented squares which touch the top of the chips. From this revision onwards Nintendo seems to have used green transparent cartridge slots (The plastic piece beneath the cartridge slot flaps) which must be leftovers from the 'funtastic' series. NUS-CPU-09-1 (2000) USA/Japan Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- Another minor revision which is perhaps the last N64 motherboard revision. Appears to be almost identical to the NUS-CPU-09 including the indented heatsink and transparent green cartridge slot. So far this revision has only been found in the Limited Edition Gold N64's which were exclusive to Toys R Us and have serials starting with NS30*******. PAL REVISIONS NUS-CPU(R)-01 (1997) French Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS B RDRAM18-NUS B VDC-NUS A S-RGB A BU9480F AMP-NUS Notes:- This revision is specific to France and has the model number 'NUS-001(FRA)' on the base sticker. It is the only PAL revision to contain a 'VDC-NUS' chip necessary for the RGB mod. It also uses a totally different video encoder chip labelled 'S-RGB A' which was also used in late SNES consoles and outputs amplified RGB, unlike the 'ENC-NUS' video encoder chip used in early NTSC consoles. Like many French game consoles Nintendo had obviously planned to include RGB in this model to avoid using SECAM encoding. However they must have changed their mind at the last moment, as there are traces for RGB between the video encoder chip and the 'MULTI OUT' port but Nintendo left off the SMT components needed for it to work. NUS-CPU(P)-01 (1996) European/Australian Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM18-NUS B RDRAM18-NUS B DENC-NUS BU9480F AMP-NUS Notes:- The launch revision for European N64's - the vast majority of PAL consoles are this revision. The only revision worldwide to use the 'DENC-NUS' chip which combines the 'VDC-NUS' and 'ENC-NUS' chips used on early NTSC consoles into one chip, making the RGB mod extremely difficult (It would require a replacement DAC chip) The above photos are taken from the Pikachu N64 Model NUS-101 and the final picture shows the extra circuit board used to light up Pikachu's cheek. NUS-CPU(P)-02 (1999) European/Australian Main Chips CPU-NUS A RCP-NUS RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- This board seems to only be used in later PAL consoles with serials around NUP157***** onwards, many of which are coloured transparent 'Color Edition' models (Called the 'Funtastic Series' in the US) Its interesting to note that the LC125 quadruple buffer chip used on all other revisions are replaced by four discrete buffering components in new positions QA1-QA4. According to user 'Jaytheham' the NUS-CPU(P)-02 runs more stable when overclocked than the earlier NUS-CPU(P)-01. NUS-CPU(P)-03 European/Australian No reports of this revision at this time (April 2010) but likely does exist as an NUS-CPU-03-1 revision has been found. NUS-CPU(P)-03-1 (2000) Australian Main Chips CPU-NUS A(?) RCP-NUS(?) RDRAM36-NUS MAV-NUS AMP-NUS Notes:- So far there is only one report of this revision from Australia, and it is not known if it was ever used in Europe. This revision uses the 'indented' heatsink like the NTSC NUS-CPU-09 revision. Some small differences noted between this revision and the NUS-CPU(P)-02, such as missing SMT components for S-Video. This is probably the very last PAL revision. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lastly, I am hoping to build up a collection of scans/high resolution pictures of unmodified N64 motherboard revisions front and back (preferably without the heatsinks on) so that we can see the 'evolution' of the console. I have seen a few pics on the net, but no high resolution ones as yet I know there was at least 5 revisions in PAL territories, and at least 12 in NTSC territories, so if you have a good resolution camera or a scanner please consider helping me out with this project!