Nintendo Wii U gets proper teardown

Nintendo Wii U gets proper teardown
Just hours after launch, AnandTech has given the Nintendo Wii U a proper teardown.

First off, the site says the hardware seems repair-friendly, with an easy to open chassis. That being said, there are a few delicate connections that are soldered together, however.

Under the hood, the Wii U has 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, doubling the peak bandwidth of its predecessor, at 12.8GB/s.

The Wii U optical drive, as reported earlier this year, is a proprietary format for game storage, but matching low-end Blu-ray storage at 25GB per disc. The site says "max sequential read speeds are pretty high compared to the current gen consoles at 22MB/s."

There is a multicore PowerPC processor and a large GPU with supposedly high amounts of eDRAM.

Moving to the tablet-esque GamePad, the site reports there is a dedicated Miracast 802.11n wireless controller for streaming content. A second wireless controller controls Wi-Fi, etc., leaving the dedicated controller for the GamePad; leading to lag of under 1/60 of a second. The tablet has a tiny 1500 mAh battery, leading to just 3-4 hours of usability.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2012 11:05
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  • megadunderhead

    and the game pad controller will see a large capacity battery coming out soon by nyko or some other third party company just wait because 5 hours of game time is not enough

    19.11.2012 12:01 #1

  • Mysttic

    Even if it wasn't enough through 1 sit through; set it on the cradle and charge it as you use it.

    19.11.2012 12:21 #2

  • nintenut

    Tablet's battery aside, sounds pretty solid. I'm glad to hear it.

    It'll be outmoded by next year, but, still, sounds solid for what it is.

    19.11.2012 15:26 #3

  • ZippyDSM

    Oh wow you mean you can remove the memory?

    Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

    Check out my crappy creations

    20.11.2012 11:45 #4

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