I plugged everything and it all worked as expected. I had an old ATX power supply laying around from an old computer and I used that to power it. I plugged in a Neo Geo MVS and a Pandora box and they both booted up without any fuss.
To put it bluntly, this is by far the best encoder circuit I have ever used. It works well with PC-10 NES consoles, Neo Geo Conzolized MVS, and various other RGB encoding means. I have a spare board, that I plan on using with the Virtual Boy RGB board, and I already know it will work fantastically. It's small, and easy to use. Overall, phenomenal job low_budget!
What can I say, this device is great. It has both NES and Famicom cartridge slots, the Famicom Expansion Port, NESRGB, and is just plain solid. I went through and tested it with some normal cartridges, reproductions that I made, a few obscure Famicom games, and even the estranged bootleg port of Final Fantasy VII and everything worked as it should. It also works with my normal controllers and my expansion port based Famicom controllers.
As for the RGB, I'm using it with an XRGB-mini, and you just can't top this picture. Everything is incredibly clean and vibrant to the point where you would think it was emulated, but that's not the case here. The system uses a proper NES CPU and PPU so there is no emulation. The system does have the NES pseudo-stereo (where some sound channels are split between speakers) which some people may not like, but I don't mind. You can always use a Y-cable to mix the channels back to normal mono.
If you look at this and think "why spend so much when you can emulate and get everything for free?" Then this product is not for you. The same goes for comparing this against cheap clones, the Retron 5, or just picking up a "traditional" system from a flea market. If you want a nice console with RGB and a lot of extra cartridge/accessory functionality without the need for adapters and are willing to spend a bit to get that, then this is for you. Plain and simple.
I read a fair bit about low_budget's Super 8 system through various message boards and such before purchasing it. Furthermore, I watched low_budget's youtube videos and even a video of an earlier revision of low_budget's board on gametech's youtube page. Everything looked pretty decent in my eyes.
When I got the system after a week (international shipping and was fast), I was very, very impressed. The RGB video is great, and I love the sound. Actually, the sound is probably the best part about this system. It's killer. So yeah, it's my childhood all over again times about a million. I've told all my friends in Sweden about this little machine, and I hope some of them bite the bullet and purchase one.
By the way, I've tried a fair deal of games on it since I received it. Mainly North American releases, but I've also tried a few famicom disk games and regular famicom games. Everything I've tried has functioned just fine.
It's definitely gotten me more into the spirit of experimenting with doing some homebrews for the NES. I love it.
I setup every game system i could in my possession with the best possible video quality. everything except for the nintendo 64, turbo grafx, and 3do had rgb video out of there connector. i think that older systems like atari 2600 and intellevision are probably not worth the effort, but i would at least like composite some day. n64 was not too hard for me but i did not put an rgb amp in as it should have and i will some day. the tg16 was some effort putting a custom socket and adding wires after finding the rgb. some monitors work better with brightness than others so my n64 is on the edge of being too dark without an amp but the tg16 is almost perfect without an amp on my 26" viewsonic monitor. now there is one system (without rgb) i had that has a huge game library of great games and that is the nes. i knew after some research that modding an original was a going to be the most challenging since my other mods. modding a 3do seems way beyond me so i will stick to svideo with that system. after seeing the super 8 ver 1.8 and the goodies built in like an rgb amp, stereo and sockets for the chips. i knew that my lack of really good soldering skills would benefit from this board and get me nearest to my goal without much work. so i went to ebay for a playchoice 10 board for the socketed chips i needed. when i got the board i soldered the connections, placed the chips and started on the rgb connector. i already had a C shaped connector with connected wires laying around so i was able to connect wires together after using my ohm meter to locate the connections from continuity checks and genesis pin outs. my genesis 1 has a U shaped connector so im not sure about C shaped connectors so i stuck with my custum (C to vga) made connector. i first tried the system out on my small commodore 1080s with custom vga to 9-din and it was rgb goodness with a perfect screen. i will have to say this is complete satisfaction from the ease of this project. this nes will be played and taken well care of. one should make sure that there carts are clean so a system like this will last. i recommend flash carts if you play many different games. i also ordered a joypad extension so reconnecting will be other than the console itself. i like to disconnect my controller every time i am done with my systems so its a plus. thanks again for bringing this great product.