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New teardown reveals more specs for the Nintendo Wii U

Is Nintendo's new console really next-gen? A recent analysis of the system's internal specs by the geeky gurus at Anandtech revealed an answer that may surprise you.

Here at VR-Zone, we've  reported on Nintendo's new console quite a bit since its release on Nov. 17. We've talked about the Wii U's bricking malfunction and system crashes as well as Nintendo's response to these problems.

Nintendo's continued silence on the actual internal specs of the Wii U led the team at PC Perspective to teardown their system and publish their findings to the internet. Their analysis answered a few questions concerning the Wii U's memory size and speed, however other specs were unknown.

Despite Nintendo trying to hide the Wii U's innards from the masses, it didn't take long for the team at AnandTech to unwrap their console, get under it's skin, and report their findings in an their recent Wii U teardown.

Both of these teardowns compliment one another to shed light on the mysteries of what the Wii U is hiding under its hood.

AnandTech's recent teardown not only gives step-by-step directions on how to open up your own Wii U, but also explains each function of the system's internal components:

There are four 4Gb (512MB) Hynix DDR3-1600 devices surrounding the Wii U's MCM (Multi Chip Module).

Memory is shared between the CPU and GPU, and if I'm decoding the DRAM part numbers correctly it looks like these are 16-bit devices giving the Wii U a total of 12.8GB/s of peak memory bandwidth.

These values may not seem very impressive, especially when compared to the memory speeds of an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

The teardown also reveals that the Wii U's memory bandwidth is the same as a Nexus 10 and an iPad 3/4, but unlike the latter tablets, Nintendo's Wii U is supposed to have eDRAM for both the CPU and GPU to utilize.

The teardown answers some questions that gamers and tech gurus have been wanting to know, but for the average gamer, the data is quite confusing.

Basically, Anandtech's data seems to point to the fact that the WIi U isn't nearly as powerful–CPU-wise or graphically–as gamers had once thought, leaving many to believe that it's not truly a next-gen system.

Be sure to check out the full specs and data that Anandtech found during its official Wii U teardown to sate your curiosity or if you'd like to dismantle your own system and take a look inside. But be sure you know what you're doing–we would hate for anyone to destroy their expensive system!

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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