History of Modbo modchip versions

There are many modchips that have a name starting with Modbo. The goal of this section is just to help you understand what Modbo modchip variants are out there, and how they compare to each other.

One thing to keep in mind is that these chips weren't all designed by the same group of people, and that pretty much all of the chips being sold today are Chinese clones of some of the later designs.

Another thing to keep in mind is that all Modbo chips are actually clones of Matrix Infinity modchips, they run the same firmware.

For more information about Modbo modchips click here, for more information about PS2 modchips in general click here.

The history of the Modbo modchips is (these dates may not be exactly right):

  • Original Modbo developers
    • Modbo 1.0
    • Modbo 1.1 (early 2005)
    • Modbo 3.0 (early 2006)
    • Modbo 4.0 (mid 2006)
  • Modbo Team
    • Modbo 2.0 (late 2005)
    • Modbo 2.1 (early 2006)
    • Modbo 520 (mid 2006)
    • Modbo 530 (mid 2006)
    • Modbo 735 (mid 2006)
    • Modbo 745 (mid 2006)
    • Modbo 760 (mid 2006)
  • Other developers
    • Modbo 750 (early 2006)
    • Modbo 5.0 (2010)

Modbo 1.0

I can't find much information about the Modbo 1.0 chips other than that they existed at some point in time.

Modbo 1.1
Modbo 1.1 modchip

The Modbo 1.1 was an earlier chip compatible with V1-V12 consoles. Modbo 1.1 chips supported stealth mode, sleep mode, DVD9 playback, booting homebrew from CD, as well as booting homebrew from USB.

Modbo 1.2
Modbo 1.2 modchip

Modbo 1.2 modchips were compatible with V1-V12 consoles and was released towards the middle of 2005.

Modbo 2.0
Modbo 2.0 modchip

The Modbo 2.0 was released in late 2005. It appears to be a clone of the earlier Modbo 1.1 and Modbo 1.2 chips, officially supporting V1-V13 consoles. Some bug fixes were added to the chip to prevent it from bricking on firmware updates, and more stable DVD9 playback.

Modbo 2.1

The Modbo 2.1 was an updated version of the Modbo 2.0 with an updated layout an firmware.

Modbo 3.0
Modbo 3.0 modchip

The Modbo 3.0 was released in early 2006 and was the first Modbo chip that follows the same diagrams that are published in this guide. It is officially compatible with V5-V12 consoles. It supports stealth mode, sleep mode, DVD9 playback, multi-disk games, and anti modchip games (on V9-V12 systems), booting homebrew from CD, as well as booting homebrew from USB..

Modbo 4.0
Modbo 4.0 modchip

The Modbo 4.0 was released towards the middle of 2006. It's an updated version of the Modbo 3.0 with official support with V5-V16 consoles. Modbo 4.0 chips being sold today are clones with an updated firmware.

Modbo 5.0
Modbo 5.0

The Modbo 5.0 is the newest Modbo modchip and was released in 2010. It officially supports V1-V16 consoles. Modbo 5.0 chips being sold today are clones with an updated firmware.

Modbo 520

The Modbo 520 is an updated version of the Modbo 2.0 modchip with an added optional Z wire to support the Action Replay Max.

Modbo 530

The Modbo 530 was an updated version of the Modbo 520 with a revised board layout.

Modbo 735

The Modbo 735 was an updated version of the Modbo 530 with support for V5-V16 systems. It was designed to be a cheaper alternative to the Modbo 745.

Modbo 745

The Modbo 745 was an updated version of the Modbo 530 with support for V1-V16 systems. Another key new feature was support for booting directly from the hard drive.

Modbo 750
Modbo 750 modchip

The Modbo 750 was an updated version of the Modbo 3.0 with support for V1-V16 systems. Modbo 750 chips being sold today are clones with an updated firmware.

Modbo 760

The Modbo 760 was an updated version of the Modbo 745 with support for V1-V16 and an updated board layout.

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Ben
Ben
June 17, 2020 4:54 AM

Hi, Can you help me identify this chip? Doesn't seem to be a modbo and has no clear markings. Seems to play all region backup disks. Was done in China.

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Ben
Ben
June 17, 2020 8:20 AM
Reply to  William Quade

Hey William, thanks for responding, I just want to say I have enjoyed reading through parts of your website, i am also a computer engineer with similar interests.
 
There is no logo when you boot games, in terms of the software there is nothing signifying a chipped console. However, since writing to you, I learnt there is a 'magic' chip, which i saw has a 5k6 model number, so i figured 7k6 must be some clone of that, the lack of t he SOIC-8 makes me think it's not a modbo, what do you reckon ?

Ben
Ben
June 17, 2020 10:01 AM
Reply to  William Quade

Yup, it's flat. Do you know if there's anything in software i can do to differentiate modbo vs magic?

Ben
Ben
June 20, 2020 8:23 AM
Reply to  William Quade

Interesting, the modbo boot menu doesn't appear. Nothing does with triangle and circle held at boot. Furthermore, I've figured that the digital output toggle in the os menu doesn't turn on digital audio (and won't turn rca audio off). So I can never get digital audio turned on, think the chip is bypassing any audio control signals?

J M
J M
January 13, 2020 9:20 PM

Hi there, I just have a quick question about what multi-disk games support means (for Modbo 3.0 and onwards)? I currently have a PAL PS2 with the Modbo 2.1 to allow me to play official copies of PS1 and PS2 games from north America that never got a pal release. I have several official NTSC PS1 games (Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Tales of Destiny 2), so i want to confirm that once i get to the end of disk 1 on any them and need to swap to disk 2, does the above mean that it won't work with my PS2… Read more »

Dean
Dean
May 18, 2021 5:02 AM

Hey guys o/ I recently Installed a Modbo 760 on a PAL SCPH-90004 PS2, but having problems with it. The PS2 boots to black/blank screen and will boot PS2 original games but nothing more. If i desolder the 3v line the PS2 boots as normal. Things I've tried so far. Checked all points for continuity numerous times. Wired thicker wire for the ground and 3v lines. Tried to boot to recovery menu using Triangle and Circle. I'm pretty much out of ideas at the moment. The only 3 possible things i can think could be wrong is either the mod chip is… Read more »

Dean
Dean
May 18, 2021 9:56 AM
Reply to  William Quade

HI William, H is connected, the only points that are not, are Cx and F because they're not present on this Modbo 760.

One thing I don't understand from the installation diagram is there's a note written for the S point. It says "s for on ptik". I have no clue what that means, any idea? 🤔

Dean
Dean
May 18, 2021 7:56 PM
Reply to  William Quade

I have a Matrix Infinity do you know if this would be compatible with the scph-90004?

Dean
Dean
May 21, 2021 12:31 PM
Reply to  William Quade

William,
Could you take a look at the picture linked below. I spotted 2 bridged pins on my Modbo 760 and I'm not sure if they are supposed to be bridged, but is hoe i received the chip when I purchased.

It's the Modbo 760 without the Z point.
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Dean
Dean
May 21, 2021 12:35 PM
Reply to  William Quade

Another pic; it does look as though the bridge is meant to be in this picture.

But I'm not sure.
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Dean
Dean
July 29, 2021 3:59 AM
Reply to  Dean

@William Quade..

Update.

Wanted to let you know or any others that may read your blog at present or future.

The Modbo 760 turned out to be defective. I removed the modchip and replaced it with a new Modbo 5.0 which works perfectly.

Thanks for all your help. 👍

Last edited 2 months ago by Dean