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In honor of the 20th anniversary of its release, I decided to give the Nintendo 64 a proper teardown, and take a look inside the legendary console that defined a generation.

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    • The Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's third home console. Released in 1996 for the US and Japan, the N64 boasted 64-bit graphics for the most realistic gaming experience ever made to date. The N64 was co-developed by Nintendo and Silicon Graphics.

    • NEC VR4300 64-bit CPU, running at 93.75 Mhz

    • Silicon Graphics Reality Coprocessor (RCP) GPU

    • 576i (720×576) Composite output

    • Support for up to 4 players

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    • Let's take a look at the I/O, shall we?

    • 4 N64 controller ports

    • Nintendo 64 Game Pak slot

    • Composite video cable port

    • N64 power supply port (12V/3.3V DC switching)

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    • Let's begin by removing the top cover.

    • Remove the 6 Gamebit 4.5mm screws found at the 4 corners and near the top-middle and bottom-middle.

    • Using a metal spudger, take out the Jumper Pak from its slot and set it aside.

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    • Flip the console upright, and the top cover just comes right off.

    • Remove the 10 crossbar screws using a Philips #2 screwdriver.

    • Take out the 2 screws holding in one piece of the expansion slot shield, also with a Philips #2

    • The 2 black screws and the one at the bottom left of the expansion slot shield are easily removed with a Philips #2.

    • Finally, remove the 2 long screws from the 2 ends of the slot with a Philips #0.

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    • Remove the 3 pieces of the expansion slot shield.

    • Make sure to remove these pieces BEFORE removing the heatsink crossbar.

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    • The heatsink crossbar comes right off, which gives us access to the motherboard shield.

    • The 5 screws on the two sides of the shield are swiftly removed with a Philips #2

    • The 2 screws on each side of the Game Pak slot are quite long, and are removed with a Philips #2.

    • With that, the shield slips right off, letting us gaze at the Nintendo 64's source of power.

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    • On the motherboard are 3 very pronounced steel blocks, which indicates that the important stuff is under there. But before removing these, it's best to take the motherboard out of the bottom case.

    • In order to remove the motherboard, unscrew the 4 Philips #2 screws from the two back I/O ports, allowing extraction of the motherboard.

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    • Using a Jimmy, pry off each chip's heatsink, revealing the console's processing units.

    • Nintendo CPU-NUS-A

    • Nintendo RCP-NUS

    • Nintendo RDRAM18-NUS-B (2x2MB modules)

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    • And thus concludes a successful teardown of one of the greatest consoles of all time.

Christian Marmolejos

Membro da: 21/11/2016

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4 Commenti

Thank you, this tear down was real helpful. I was able to open up an N64 and clean the corrosion between some pins that kept it from turning on. :D

Nocturnal 007 - Replica

I’m really glad to hear that! The N64 has always had a special place in my heart since it was the first home console I ever had.

Christian Marmolejos -

dang one in the same Christian same first console my second was the PlayStation 1(actually just called PlayStation) and the PlayStation 2 my third the Nintendo GameCube then handheld consoles the game boy, game boy advanced, and Nintendo 2dsi , and the Nintendo 3-DS, and then fourth the non-handheld online consoles the Wii and the Xbox 360.

nathanrust123 - Replica

This in my opinion was one of the best consoles. The Zelda games for the 64 were amazing. Love the idea I can fix mine.

Joshua Graham - Replica

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