This page will mainly talk about R4 cards made originally from WWW.R4I-SDHC.COM. And they have developed R4 for 3DS, DSi and DS respectively.
Their red box series R4 cards are always leading their sale among so many r4 card ever since early 2009.
Since the first R4IDSN card works in 3DS console DS mode, R4I-SDHC.COM released its 3DS version red box card - R4I-SDHC 3DS in early March, 2011, by that time, they had found little progress in 3DS mode, discontinued another so called 3DS card. Now, this R4I-SDHC 3DS is known as R4 3DS among many users, just like what it means for R4 DS.
Up to now, their 3DS series flashcarts have developed from R4I-SDHC 3DS, R4I-SDHC 3DS V4.4, R4I-SDHC 3DS V4.5, R4I-SDHC 3DS V5.0 to current R4I-SDHC 3DS RTS. And only RTS version is in production now.
Note: At the beginning, R4I-SDHC 3DS was built with RAM chip open to the front sticker, and it could improve heat dissipation. Later vinyl package is introduced into this cartridge, the whole IC was integrated into back panel. This hardware version had to be changed since V4.4.0-9 system came out as they found that R4 3DS card had almost used up Demo game ID, R4I-SDHC 3DS V4.4 came out Last Dec. However, since 3DS system Ver 4.5.0-10, 3DS console boot-up will not only enquiry Demo game ID, but also detect flashcart save IC, which pushed them to release R4I-SDHC 3DS V4.5 and R4I-SDHC 3DS RTS respectively. R4I-SDHC 3DS V5.0 changes only its sticker marking into V5.0.
Kernel for these R4 3DS cards above are the same, they share the first official R4I-SDHC 3DS kernel.
R4 cards below are designed mainly for DSi XL and DSi, and red box R4i cards are popular among users ever since early 2009. With DSi system update, R4I-SDHC, R4I-SDHC V1.4, R4I-SDHC V1.4.1, R4I-SDHC V1.4.2/3/4 and R4I-SDHC V1.4.5 have been available from WWW.R4I-SDHC.COM. Now only V1.4.5 marking is on sale.
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R4I-SDHC V1.4.5 is originally for DSi (XL) and DS, and it could be firmware upgrade for 3DS (XL). R4WOOD will have it updated with 3DS compatibility up to Ver 5.1.0-11.
R4I-SDHC V1.4.4/3/2 differ from their version marking on the sticker, no change for their hardware. And these three cards is compatible with DSi (xl) up to 1.4.4, no other firmware patch could get them updated for DSi 1.4.5.
R4I-SDHC V1.4.1 can only be used for DSi 1.4.1/1.4/1.3 and DS (Why my R4i-SDHC 1.4.1 can work on DSi 1.4.2 ?). R4I-SDHC V1.4 can only be used for DSi 1.4/1.3 and DS. The latest R4i above can only be used on DSi 1.3 and DS.
In early 2009, R4I-SDHC.COM also released GE / game engine marking R4i cards, not WIFI marking instead. They are of no hardware difference, just like GE R4I-SDHC V1.4 below and WiFi R4I-SDHC V1.4 above.
Those R4i with yellow star on the sticker share the same kernel for R4I-SDHC V1.4.5, while the one without yellow star is to be used its own kernel V1.11d released on 2012-11-21.
There is only one R4 for DS released from R4I-SDHC.COM, and that DS cartridge is called R4-SDHC card. There is a GE marking appeared on its ealy version, but now unified into WiFi marking for all R4 flashcarts made from R4I-SDHC.COM. There is no change for this DS version R4 card. And it can be used only for DS original and DS Lite.
This R4 card works with its official R4-SDHC kernel instead.
Why to recommend R4I-SDHC cards ? Just for its good reputation and popularity ? Or your friends are also using it ? Easy to use ? Easy to Firmware Upgrade ? Or 100% DS game compatibiltiy ? Yes, there are something more we will share.
1. Decent Packaging
Yes, if you want to send a Xmas or birthday gift for your kids, packaging matters. R4wood will always provide their luxury packages - Outer red box, plastic tray, transparent pink protection box with r4 cartridge inside, high speed 2.0 micro SD reader/writer.
2. Excellent Core
R4i SDHC adopts excellent core, which enables the R4i SDHC firmware to search and download game automatically through Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi function is not only available in core upgrade, but also in automatic game management. The smart core with Wi-Fi function makes it convenient to operate the R4i SDHC firmware. Many other r4 cards are still use old core, which needs tedious process to upgrade the core and manage the games with computer.
3. Larger Memory Capacity and Power Saving
R4i SDHC Firmware supports large storage capacity, up to 32GB. It gets good and enhanced performance in many kinds of memory card, even in low speed TF card. The power consumption of R4i SDHC firmware is largely reduced. As sleeping mode is used to reduce power consumption, R4i SDHC card offers longer standby time. There are a waste of power in some other R4 cards, the game time may be shorter. As some r4 versions still adopt 2GB below capacity, low speed microSD cards are limited to run games.
4. Simple Interface and Good Intelligence
R4i SDHC supportts multi-language. The simple interface makes it easier to operate. What's more, R4i sdhc is smart to recognize the microSD card. After connection, it will search and display the capacity automaticlly. For other r4 cards, complicated operation interface always brings trouble to player. Many SD cards are still not supported.
5. Better Game Compatibility and Less Error
R4i SDHC is compatible with almost all DS games. Even many new released DS games can be played, such as the Pokemon. R4i SDHC card loading both R4i SDHC official kernel or YSMenu kernel runs pokemon perfectly. The latest R4i SDHC kernel fixed many RTS bugs to make fluent gaming. As the same size wth original DSi card, R4i SDHC card minimizes the error to fit DSi. Some other r4 versions have more errors. While playing games in DSi, they always bring lag or machine death. In DS game compatibility, they are also uncompetitive with R4i SDHC card.
6. Mutimedia with Good Flexibility
With the latest moonshell 2.0, R4i SDHC card enables multimedia function. It is a card to offer games, music and movies. Players can enjoy more fun from it. The good flexibility of R4i SDHC is also very usefull. Players can use the cheatcode and soft-reset setting to avoid conflicts and reduce trouble.
7. Firmware Upgrade Service
The R4i SDHC hardware and software are very steady. However, R4i-sdhc technical team improve the kernel and hardware termly, in order to fit 3DS/ DSi better. Some flashcards upgrade kernel frequently, it is not steady. Frequent update always brings trouble to users. Some other flashcards never update the kernel. it is out or lack of technical support.
Sum up, R4i SDHC is an excellent flashcard. It deserves your payment with high quality and low cost.
8. R4I-SDHC Slot
Some R4i-SDHC and R4-sdhc users are complaining about how to take out the Memory card / TF card from R4i SDHC Slot - Too tight and unconvinient. Why shall R4i-SDHC.com design it in such feature ?
How to Take Out Memory Card / TF Card from R4i SDHC Slot ?
R4 3DS Kernel V1.68b Update (May 15th, 2013)
R4I-SDHC 3DS V5.0 Out of Production since May 15th, 2013.
DSi 1.4.5 system update, blocking some flashcarts
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