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May 29, 2012 / Ryan Robba

Wii U specs and operating system rumours

Two new Wii U rumours have emerged: the first regards the Wii U specs, more specifically the CPU. The second concerns the operating system (OS) of the console.

A rumour from Wii U Daily suggests that the Wii U’s processor (CPU) will be based IBM 710 Express chip. This chip is said to normally have 6 cores clocked at 3.7GHz, where each core can execute 4 threads. However, Nintendo has apparently scaled this back in order to reduce production costs. The Wii U version of the chip is said to have 4 cores, clocked at 3GHz, and each core can handle 2 threads for a total of 8. For comparisons sake the Xbox 360 could handle 6 in total. This, it is said, appears to suggest that the Wii U is 50% more powerful than the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 as initially rumoured months ago. Some tech experts, however, suggest that in reality the newer architecture of this processor would lead to significantly more efficient processing capabilities than the PS3 and 360 – a leap of more than 50%. This CPU, it is said, is around 20 times more powerful than that of the original Wii.

According to the second rumour, Nintendo isn’t sure about the size of the operating system, so to be on the safe side, they have reserved 512 MB of RAM from the overall system RAM for the OS alone. This is 512 MB that developers with the latest Wii U dev kits, version 4, have not been able to use for their software. 512 MB is the total amount of memory the Xbox 360 and PS3 have, and since the Wii U is said to be only 50% more powerful than those console, to reserve 512 MB just for the OS is quite far-fetched. For comparisons sake, the Playstation 3’s OS is said to require around 50MB. The OS, however, is said to need this amount because it will allow for such features as multitasking. For example, you could have a website on with a video walk-through of a game whilst you play a game. You can then switch from one to the other as needed. You could also, perhaps, leave something downloading in the background whilst you play a game.

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