Wii U RAM is 43% slower than PS3/360 RAM

The entire thing is now a farce.

Posted By | On 19th, Nov. 2012 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

Wii U has a DDR3 RAM which is something you normally find in desktop systems. Why is that bad? Because a console is supposed to have a long life and things like these can get really crippling after some point in time.

However, it is being reported that the system has 2GB RAM in total, which is quite good.

The Wii U has a Hynix memory which is slower than what DDR3’s maximum speed is, which is 17 GB/s. The Wii U’s speed is reported to be 12 GB/s which is half the speed of PS3’s XDR which has a memory bandwidth of 25 GB/s.

The Xbox 360 has a 22 GB/s memory bandwidth and has GDDR3 memory. So what’s the reason for Nintendo to do with such a slower speed RAM? Of course, it’s the price, they wanted to make it affordable, but when you consider it’s 2012 and the RAM is slower than consoles released in 2005, that’s gotta sting.

The console recently underwent a teardown at some sites and the Hynix memory was outed during Anandtech’s teardown.

Via Neogaf.

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    • Dude, I didnt say revolutionary about the wii, I said it about the WiiU.
      And, I dont see how the Wii is revolutionary for having made Grandpa and Grandma pick up a stick and start waving it. Sorry man, I respect your opinion but Nintendo came up with some good ideas in the 90s and have been living off them till now, for christ’s sake every Mario game almost looks exactly the same. I just feel that REAL gaming is now for PlayStation and Xbox gamers

    • I know you didn’t say about the Wii not being revolutionary I was just stating that the way in which the Wii was revolutionary is the same way the Wii U is. When Nintendo do something revolutonary it doesn’t mean it’s going to be a powerhouse, it means it’ll revolutionise the way we play. And yes most Mario games look the same (to be fair there are games like Mario Galaxy which is completely different to the Super Mario Bro’s series) but how is that any different to all the ‘hardcore’ games like the Call of Duty series?

    • Difference is they’re advanced, when what you repeat is nukes, jumping from planes, blasting through doors in slo-mo, epic set-pieces, etc. then it’s kinda ok (and I’m not a big fan of COD btw). But when what you repeat is some guy jumping on turtles and collecting coins, then that is SOOO not ok, what is this the 80s?

    • Lionel Maduro

      Sounds like you’re a real action junkie, which is alright 😉 Thing is some games are just plain fun to play.. And if you take a good look at Mario Bros. U, and compare it to all the previous ones you’ll see it has evolved quite a bit with more complicated mechanics (like moving coins, enemies reacting to music dynamic backgrounds and a lot more) the gameplay has gotten smoother with also more power ups, modes to play in, challenges, DLC, etc. It’s gotten a lot more advanced also! But because it’s accessible for a lot of people it isn’t as obvious as with the more intense games. It’s quite an achievement to make a game pretty complicated but still easy to pick up and quickly learn.
      Besides that, if you describe mario games as abstract as a guy jumping on turtles and collecting coins, you could change your epic nukes, planes, explosions and slo-mo of shooters to just a bunch of guys running around in a confined simulation trying to kill each other the most times before a timer runs out, which is even more detailed.. Actually: It’s just 10 guys running around shooting at eachother.. 😉

      You said something about “Real Gaming”.. what does that mean? Is your definition of real gaming gaming with the highest possible graphics? or just shooters? or shooters and rpgs? or does it depend on the amount of time you spend on it? If you look at some of the greatest games in history they weren’t great because of the graphics or power behind it, but because of their concept, new things they brought, gameplay, and most importantly how fun it was to play. Halo was great because it revolutionized the way you played a shooter, not because of its graphics or power, COD and Battlefield are a great franchises because of their well built multiplayer and gameplay mechanics, Fable was great because of it’s gameplay mechanics and choices, Uncharted was great because of the great playing out the story concept, Journey was awesome because of it’s serenity and mysteriousness. Minecraft is a great game purely because of the fun gameplay. Assasins Creed, Tomb Raider, Prince of persia, Borderlands, Total War, Age of Empires, The Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, GTA, Half Life, Portal, Bioshock, Tekken, Street Fighter, God of War, Fallout, and Final Fantasy, the list goes on and on: Great games are first and foremost great because they are really fun and engaging to play and graphics and power are just supporting it. Real Games are fun to play that’s what’s making it a game so real games don’t belong on any device, they belong with gamers, a real game is a game that’s being played and enjoyed by someone.

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    Nintendo always lying

    • Nintendo haven’t announced the full specs yet so how on Earth can they have been lying?

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  • Anon

    It’s really unfortunate that there are ignorant and incompetent people with obnoxious mouths and opinions out there who take news about the internal hardware of any system and presume poor performance because they relate it to other hardware which uses a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT architecture.

    You’re all a bunch of f*cking morons for buying into fanboyism, presumptuous assessments, and voicing your ignorant opinion on some wholly incomparable specs. Go back into your mothers’ basements. You’re a disgrace and a detriment to progredd and intellectualism.

    • Nah

      DDR3 is a joke compared to XDR and GDDR3.

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    What do you mean “it’s being reported” to have 2GB RAM?

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    For all you nintendog retards they are comparing a new generation wii to older generation systems. Which means when Sony and Microsoft release there new generation systems (same generation as wii U) then once again Nintendo will be the outdated piece of sh*t hardware that it was since the GameCube was released. Nintendo will always be a step behind in tech due to the little kiddies and momas boys when parents don’t want to spend money on games. My suggestion to all you Nintendo closet hiders is to grow up, get a job and move on to a real gaming system instead of living in your Pokemon fantasy worlds and quit trying to defend something that will NEVER be any better than the last generation AKA 7 year old systems.

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