N64 RGB Cable / csync

Nintendo 64 RGB SCART Cables
(and sync information)

Generally speaking, figuring out which N64 RGB cable to use can get complicated, so I wanted a page that simplifies things as best as possible.  This cables shown on this page will work with either the basic or advanced RGB mods.  Also, N64’s use the exact same cables as the SNES, so the links will be the same for your region.

Universal Cables:

SNES-Style Multi-out Universal RGB SCART Cable (UK Seller, works on all regions, for RGB-modded consoles only!)

RAD2x HDMI Cable (480p):  Works on all N64’s:  Unmodded consoles will work in composite-to-HDMI modes and modded consoles will work in RGB-to-HDMI modes!

HD Retrovision SNES Cable – A high quality component video solution that’s RGB-quality and safe to use on both PAL and NTSC N64’s that have been RGB-modded.

 

N64 NTSC RGB SCART Cable

At the moment, all “modern” N64 RGB mods output proper csync.  I strongly recommend making sure your console is modded properly and the below cables will definitely work for you.  If not, or if you’re unsure, you can try “sync-on-luma” cables, or “sync on composite” with highly shielded cables.  Here’s what I recommend:

Super Nintendo SNES RGB SCART cable (NTSC)  (UK Seller)

Super Nintendo SNES RGB SCART cable (NTSC)  (US Seller)

 

PAL N64 RGB SCART Cable (Do not use an NTSC SCART cable on a PAL console)

If you’d like to avoid any potential issues and get a cable that’s guaranteed to work, I strongly recommend getting a fully-shielded cable that gets sync from composite video (cvbs);  This will guarantee compatibility with all RGB-modded PAL N64’s and th efull shielding will eliminate interference normally caused by cvbs.  If you’d like to save money, you can get an unshielded sync-on-luma cable, but it’s been noted that some versions of PAL N64’s have issues with S-Video, meaning the luma output might cause problems.
Either way, you can get cables with a sync stripper built in is available if csync compatibility is required, however most setups will already have another sync stripper in the chain.

Fully-shielded SNES RGB SCART cable (PAL)  (UK Seller)

Super Nintendo SNES RGB SCART cable (PAL)  (US Seller)

Once again, please make sure to never use use an NTSC cable in a PAL system!!!

 

Getting csync directly from the N64 (this gets complicated, I really suggest just using the cables above):

Basic RGB Mods:
I’ve you’ve installed a “basic” RGB mod that only connects three wires (RGB) and you have motherboard revisions NUS-CPU-01 or NUS-CPU-02 (and some -03’s), they might actually have csync (but not RGB) already connected to pin 3 (csync) on the multi-out (not PAL!). If you have one of those board revisions, you’ll most likely be able to just purchase a NTSC SNES RGB cable that gets sync from the csync pin without doing anything else. For later revision N64 boards, check the RGB mod relevant to your consoles for more information.

For more information on which serial numbers have each motherboard revision, please visit these sites:
http://forums.modretro.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1417  /

That’s all the info I have for now. I’ll continue to update this page as I learn more about N64 csync and please contact me if you have other info.  If you’re looking for more information, mmmonkey has a few pages dedicated to this as well, here and here.

Feel free to head back to the main N64 page, or head to the main console section to check out mods for other consoles.