To support 8 threads, 20X faster than Wii, 2 GB RAM
Apparently, the new CPU is said to be 20X faster than the chip found in the original Wii console and around 50% more powerful than Current Gen Systems...
According to Wii U Daily, the Wii U CPU is said to support 8 threads, to be 20X faster than Wii and it should be at least 50% faster than the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Here's what the site learned about the processor:
So, to summarize things, these are the -current- Wii U system specs that some sites are reporting, which are pretty similar to what Wii U Daily posted:A report obtained by Wii U Daily suggests that the Nintendo Wii U CPU is based on the IBM 710 Express chip, but is underclocked at 3 GHz and comes with 4 cores and 8 threads. The new CPU is said to be 20X faster than the chip found in the original Wii console.
Wii U Daily’s Japanese source, which originally leaked the Wii U system specs, now elaborates on the main processor. The Wii U CPU, as we know from Nintendo, is made by IBM and is based on their POWER 7 architecture, and will be built on 45nm. The new details reveal that the Wii U CPU is modeled after the 710 Express IBM server processor, which as standard has 6 cores and runs at speeds of up to 3.7 GHz. The 710 Express chip can also execute 4 threads per core at the same.
In order to save on production costs, Nintendo has scaled down the processor for the console. The Wii U version of the CPU will scale down the cores to 4, the clock frequency to 3 GHz, and threads per core will go down from 4 to 2. This means the Wii U CPU will be able to execute 8 threads at the same time. The current Xbox 360 CPU, also made by IBM, can execute 6 threads at the same time.
On paper it looks like the Wii U is “around 50% more powerful than current gen systems” as analysts suggested last year, but in reality, the console is likely to be much faster than the raw numbers suggest. This is due to the new features and the architectural improvements of the POWER 7 design. Overall, the Wii U CPU is said to be 20X faster than the IBM Broadway chip found in the Wii.
There's nothing official, and we all know Nintendo won't reveal any CPU or hardware details at E3. So, it looks like we'll have to wait for some games to see if those are real.* Quad Core, 3 GHz PowerPC-based 45nm CPU, very similar to the Xbox 360 chip. The CPU features two threads per core, 2-4 MB L3 cache, and 256B of L2 cache per core
* 2 GB of RAM, with 560 MB of RAM dedicated to the main OS
* AMD Radeon HD 6770 chipset
* 25 GB Blu-ray based disc
* 8 GB internal flash memory
* Custom, Nintendo-made Wii U operating system that runs on a separate, ARM-based processor."
If those are indeed the real deal, what do you think?
Also, take a look at some of the rumored Wii U functionalities:
NEWS SOURCE #1: News Article #3017 (via) EurAsia- Video Chat is available, but must be from the main menu of the system (not while playing a game).
- Voice Commands are available (similar to this rumor we heard about the 3DS maybe?)
- Facial Recognition (similar to features of the Xbox Kinect)
- Ability to suspend games, similar to 3DS.
- Ability to share achievements with friends by sending videos or screenshots with drawings on them.
- Watch a friend play online
- Multitasking (example: keep a text or video walkthrough open from ZI while playing the game, swap back and forth as needed)
NEWS SOURCE #2: Wii-U CPU said to support 8 threads is 20x faster than Wii (via) Wii U Daily
Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!