Hardly a week ago, we were presented with yet another Wii specs rumour, which most notably Ars Technica tried to debunk in the meantime. Their conclusion was that either:
1. The MaxConsole specs are someone's idea of a joke.
2. The Wii really is just an overclocked GameCube with a DVD player, in which case the joke's on Nintendo.
The latter option is hardly believable, it should be added, considering that Nintendo, IBM and ATI spent years and millions on the development of the hardware. The specs, most people agreed, must be fake.
Now, it seems that the rumourmonger who spread them is a wee bit on the sensitive side. In an update to the original MaxConsole story, he is said to be "shocked to see all these cries of 'fake'." So, in an effort to restore his unnamed name, he dishes some more dirt:
Broadway is Wii's CPU. Broadway functionality and specifications are as follows.
• Operating speed: 729 MHz
• Bus to main memory: 243 MHz, 64 bits (maximum bandwidth: 1.9 gigabytes/sec)
• 32-kilobyte 8-way set-associative L1 instruction cache
• 32-kilobyte 8-way set-associative L1 data cache (can set up 16-kilobyte data scratch pad) (...)
Hollywood is a system LSI composed of a GPU and internal main memory (MEM1). Hollywood is clocked at 243 MHz. Its internal memory consists of 3 megabytes of embedded graphics memory and 24 megabytes of high speed main memory. (...)
Wii uses 64 megabytes of GDDR3 (MEM2) as external main memory. Like internal main memory, MEM2 can be accessed directly from Broadway and the GPU at high speed and has a peak bandwidth of 4 gigabytes/sec.
Now, the entire list is very long and it gets very, very technical by the looks of it. However, our dear Mr. X is going to be even more upset to find that a great deal of punters still don´t believe him. The good people over at the MozLaPunk boards, for example, are questioning some of the memory specifications:
Using GDDR3? Why would they do this when we know they have access to MoSys's 1T-sram?Our dear anonymous friend will be even more upset now. I won´t comment on this story, because I really don´t have a Ph.D. in electronics. I´ll leave that up to you guys.
Source: MaxConsole, Ars Technica, MozLaPunk boards