Stealth 5 no-swap chip review –
Hello, I just finished installing the Stealth 5 no-swap mod chip in my PS2. Here is what I found. (Please remember, I am a hardware guy, not a review writer haha)
US model 30001R V5 PS2. Has been well used by the in house gaming expert. (Ok, so its my 9yr old son)
Installation is very similar to the rest of the no-swap mod installs. Actually, this chip uses the same points as the XO-2 chip on a v5 and v7. The only thing I don't like is you have to set jumpers for your PS2 region and model. This is really not a big deal, takes about 2 seconds to dab a bit of solder on the pads. The layout of the chip is not the best, but no real problems here. The unit uses +5v for power.
Well this chip booted everything I threw at it on the first try. Now granted, I didnt do this hundreds of times, but everything I did try booted well.
All PS2 originals (CD and DVD) booted without any problems.
DVD-R discs I tested:
Madden 2003 - booted
Vice City - booted
Men in Black 2 - booted
Kingdom Hearts - booted - did NOT lock up like a magic 3!!!
Smackdown - booted.
Most of these were just on cheap generic DVD-R media and worked fine. Smackdown was on Ritek, Kingdom Hearts on Imation media.
CD-R Discs tested:
Crazy Taxi - booted
Lord of the Rings DVD Rip - booted
GTA3 dvd rip - booted
Armymen Air Attack 2 - booted
Tested with v1.93 and booted Armymen Air Attack 2 with codes. I guess it worked, instead of a helicopter I was flying around as a bumble bee hahaha.
This is a little different than what I am used to. To boot the unit into PS1 mode, from standby press reset button. When blue eject light comes on, press it again. Play DVD movies from this mode. Tested with Scooby Doo and it played fine without any skipping.
I only tested a couple of games and they all booted. Note: Antimod games will detect the chip, tried it with Crash Bash and it wouldn't load and gave the message in Japanese.
Yes this does have a disable or sleep mode, although it does not work as good as the Magic 3.1 mode. From standby, press and hold the reset button for about 8 seconds. Only originals and DVD movies will boot. But they will not boot from the browser like an un-modded console.
All in all its a good chip at a good price. I have them listed on my site for $19 which does come with hookup wire. Visit [url]www.brown-computers.com/catalog[url] (Ok, shameless plug over) I think its a good solution to the Magic 3 chips. Honestly, it does seem to boot the discs more reliably. I find my self having to power off the units with a Magic 3 about 25-30% of the time to get them to boot. I did not have to do this at all with this chip from the testing. I will give it to my son and let him run it through its paces and see what he says. I am just not a big gamer.
I did not test this with DVD-9. I do not have a DVD-9 game. I also did not test it with any imports. I do not see why it won't boot imports though. They claim to support DVD-9 games but we will see I guess.
Let me know if you have any questions.