2. Main differences :
- The Alpine uses a parallel port connection, while the Skunkboard uses a USB one (faster and more reliable on current operating systems)
- The Alpine emulates a real cartridge a bit more closely, but I don't know of any case where it makes a difference
- The Alpine uses battery-backed RAM while the Skunkboard uses Flash memory, but you won't notice any difference either
- The debug tools are different (irrelevant if you don't want to develop games with it)
- The Skunkboard is much cheaper than the Alpine, and a lot less bulky
3. I don't have the exact figures, but you can expect the Skunkboard to be several times faster than the Alpine.
Causes : USB has a higher throughput, old parallel port tools don't work well with current OSes.
Edited by Zerosquare, Tue Mar 2, 2010 1:43 AM.