Oh boy, it looks like Nintendo has messed up big time here, and the Wii U CPU is less than 50% slower than the one in PS3 and Xbox 360.
PS3 hacker Marcan, who is a well known individual in the hacking circles has found out the CPU clock of the Wii u and it’s something that should really shock plenty of people. He has said that the Wii U speed is 1.25 GHz which is a lot slower than the PS3’s Cell which is clocked at 3.2 GHz per core and the Xbox 360’s Xenon which, again, is similarly clocked as the Cell.
We reported earlier that developers have been saying that the Wii U’s CPU is atrocious and really slow, now we know why. Plenty of third-party games like Batman: Arkham City have reported to have problems on the Wii U although Assassin’s Creed 3 runs pretty well.
Clock speed isn’t the only thing though, there are a lot more factors to this like the architecture of the system, and considering the fact that it has 2GB RAM, you cannot really count out the Wii U.
Marcan Tweeted that, “1.243125GHz, exactly. 3 PowerPC 750 type cores (similar to Wii’s Broadway, but more cache). GPU core at 549.999755MHz.”
The GPU core runs at the same clock speed as the PS3 and Xbox 360’s GPU, and considering the size of the Wii U and its power consumption which is nothing special, it does not look like it will have a high performance GPU.
He has also revealed that the system could be hackable because it runs on the same security architecture as the Wii. “We’re calling the WiiU security processor the Starbuck (vs. Starlet on Wii). And it seems to be about equally vulnerable, too,” he tweeted later.
The Wii U is a connected system so that could help Nintendo patch it regularly, but it does not look like it will stay unhacked for a long time.