Up until now, before ordering or stocking a chip, one had to consider the various tradeoffs between the new Plug & Play modchips (such as Wasabi DX) and the traditional ones (such as Wasabi Zero). This is due to the fact that the two kinds of chips use radically different technology. The other brands are in the same situation, it is not specific to Wasabi.
What would you think about getting a free Wasabi Zero with every Wasabi DX purchased?
In fact it's even better than that. Wasabi DX has been designed since the very beginning as a dual core chip, yet only one of the cores was in use until now. We have been working hard since DX launch and today we're proud to introduce Wasabi DX Firmware 2.0. This firmware unleashes the power of the second DX core, and allows you to install your Wasabi DX either using the regular DX installation method, or using Wasabi Zero installation method (5/6 wires or using the Wasabi solderless adpater).
Yes, this what the unused solder points and the unused connector on the board are here for. The new firmware automatically detects what installation method you chose. Using Zero installation method, your chip behaves like a real Wasabi Zero and is compatible with all Wasabi Zero Upgrades & Configuration Discs starting from 1.4B.
It means little change for most end users. Wasabi DX is still as easy to install and as powerful as before. But for resellers, installers and users that want to get the best performances their drive can offer, it can make a big difference. And it makes our chip more future-proof than any other.
Wasabi DX Firmware 2.0 BETA is now available in the Downloads section. A final release should be available soon, stay tuned!