There are two main models of the Saturn available and many versions
of each. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough resources to test them all, but hopefully what I have can
point you in the right direction.
First and foremost, all the Saturn consoles I tried looked great. Unlike SNES systems, there wasn't one that outputted "bad" video quality. That being said, some
consoles looked better than others and determining which is best isn't as easy as saying "buy the black one":
Each model has different motherboard revisions and different regions (PAL or NTSC). As of now, I haven't found
one specific site that has information on output quality, but as soon as I do, I'll update this page.
The pictures below are of a Sony PVM monitor, taken with a DSLR. Someday soon, I'll re-do all of these
using both a capture card and a DSLR on a calibrated BVM. Also, keep in mind that when I tested these
consoles, I was unaware of the components required on the csync line of the RGB SCART cables, so I skipped testing
the Model 2 with a csync cable. Basically, these aren't the greatest examples, but it should demonstrate that
the Model 1's I tested have a slightly sharper picture. You can click on each of the main pictures
for full-size versions:
I try very hard on this website to only post "the facts", but this is one of the few times I have to give you my
Based on the consoles I tested, the Model 1 generally produced a better picture than the Model 2. Maybe the
issues I ran into were regional (I only tested NTSC US consoles)? Maybe the issue was motherboard
revisions? The only thing I can say for sure is all the Model 1's I tested looked awesome and I've never
heard of anyone having one that looked bad (that wasn't broken).
As a result, if you don't already own a Saturn I'd have to recommend getting a Model 1. The difference isn't as
drastic as other systems, but when I played one right after the other, you could easily tell the difference between
the two. That being said, if you own a Model 2, definitely don't run out and buy a Model 1, as the output quality
is still excellent. Also, there's a chance you have a better motherboard revision than the Model 2's I tested.
If you're done, click here to go back to the main Saturn page. If you'd like info on mods for other
systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System page or check out the main page for more