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Rumor: Wii U's Final Specs Leak Ahead of Official Reveal

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While Nintendo made public announcements earlier this morning about the Wii U's price and release date in Japan, they were mysteriously silent on the final specs for the console.

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A post on VGleaks has appeared this morning, though, claiming to have info directly from Nintendo's restricted developer's site. Take this with a grain of salt, of course, especially since the memory seems to be slightly off, but the numbers read as follows:

CPU:

"Espresso" CPU on the Wii U has three enhanced Broadway cores

GPU:

"GPU7" AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU. Unique API = GX2, which supports Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 equivalent functionality)

Memory:

Mem1 = 32MB Mem2 = 1GB (that applications can use)

Storage:

Internal 8 GB with support for SD Cards (SD Cards up to 2GB/ SDHC Cards up to 32GB) and External USB Connected Hard Drives

Networking:

802.11 b/g/n Wifi

Video Output:

Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i

Video Cables Supported:

Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.

USB:

Four USB 2.0 Ports

Is it legit? We'll soon find out. But know this: information contained here and in Nintendo's official announcement matches with what Kotaku was told back in May 2011. The 25GB discs, 2GB of memory, the 8GB of on-board storage, it all fits.

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We'll be bringing you Western release information live from Nintendo's big New York briefing at 10am ET. Hopefully there'll be some official word on specs to be seen there!

World Exclusive: Wii U Final Specs [VGLeaks]

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DISCUSSION

swordbreaker
SwordBreaker

The only thing wrong about the spec leak is the RAM. It's actually 2GB overall according to the recent reports, which bodes well for the Wii U's power in comparison to current-gen consoles (which have very little RAM). I don't understand the CPU and GPU though. Can someone translate those for me in layman's terms? How powerful is the Wii U in comparison to the 360/PS3 in terms of CPU/GPU. People are saying that the CPU is like three Wiis taped together, but I'm not sure if that holds true.