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What's the best PS2 version to use with Matrix Infinity?
I think the general consensus is that v7 is the most durable version for modding mostly because of the model of laser that they are built with are the most robust.
However, the main issue between a v7 and a v9 is the installation. A quick glance at the install diagrams for those two versions should reveal that the soldering points on a v9 are a bit trickier than the install points on a v7. Not a problem if someone else is installing the chip for you, but definitely something to keep in mind if you're doing it yourself and have a choice between the two. Besides the bios pin legs & pads, the v9 has 3 consecutive adjacent chip pin solders. The v7 doesn't have points like that (except for the bios chip)
Thanks for the info. Actually I believe he is going to install the regular version "Matrix Infinity" not the MXL2. I still don't understand why he insists on using a version 9. Guess i'll ask him tomorrow if he hasn't done the mod, although i suspect he will have already done it by then. I just hope v9 won't have any problems and isn't hard to setup with HD Loader.