If you want to learn all of a device’s secrets, the best way is to tear it apart. That’s just what Anand Lal Shimpi did after he bought a new Wii U.
Inside he found a multi-chip module with a PowerPC-based CPU, built on IBM’s 45-nanometer process, and a GPU similar to AMD’s RV7xx design. These two share 2GB of DDR3 RAM and some eDRAM, and memory bandwidth looks like it is 12.8GB/s. That’s about the same as the Nexus 10 and new iPad, but there’s less resolution here.
When it comes to power consumption, the Wii U draws 32.8W when rendering the disc menu and 33.0W when playing Super Mario U. That is about a third of the PlayStation 3 Slim.