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Nintendo Revolution Specs

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  1. Darksaber

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    To add the third console to the mix, there are some details about the specs for the future Nintendo Revolution. It uses a PowerPC chip, and an ATI GPU. So the graphics should be on par with the XBox360. The one thing that stands out is a Physical Processing Chip, which will take the load of the CPU.

    CPU

    1 IBM Custom PowerPC 2.5 GHz with 256 KB L1 cache and 1 MB of L2 cache (an L3 cache is rumored). It’s Dual Threaded and can handle 13 billion dot product operations per second

    Revolution GPU

    ATI Custom based RN520 core. The "N" stands for Nintendo, and is because the ArtX team is with them, that is why it’s an "N". GPU core at 600 MHz. Will support up to 2048x1268 resolution, HD support is still being decided. Will have 256 MB’s of 1T-SRAM (the RAM is much better due to some tweaking, compared to GC’s RAM. The latency and Cells are much more efficient and faster. Around 1.2 ns is the latency, on average).

    32 parallel floating-point dynamically scheduled shader pipelines.

    Polygon Performance: 500 million triangles per second theoretical, average in game would be around <100 Million/sec>

    Shader Performance: ~50 billion shader operations per second

    The console will have 512 MB of 700 MHz 1T-SRAM.

    Revolution will support a PPU chip (Physical Processing Chip). There will be 32 MB’s of its own RAM, which will link to the CPU and GPU and the Controller.

    There will also be a separate sound card that will support only DD 5.1 – DTS 7.1, rumors has it will have 16 MB’s, like the Cube DSP

    Source: G4 Forums (Scroll down 3/4 of the Page).
     
  2. Dark Ride Mushkin Rep

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    The specs are fake.I wanted to post that news yesterday, but after I've seen the actual specs I'd had to laugh.
    How do you want to fit all that into a small box like the Revo, and still keep it cool.

    The PowerPC CPU needs very efficient cooling and so does the RN520, which is on par with a ATI X1800 (look at the cooler of the X1800).

    This has to be fake.Think about it.
     
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    Hmm well, I wouldn't count the specs as fake, just because of that. The Revo needs to be on par with the XBox & PS3, so just from that standpoint, nintendo has to plug some serious hardware into the box. I would not count on these specs to be final, but a good starting point...the Revo is "just taking shape".

    cheers
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    its all custom.. and just because it says "RN520" doesnt mean its a 16 pipe GPU either... its just based off of the core.. ;)

    I'm curious as to the actual specs of this sucker too.. perhaps nintendo will actually stick with the more pc like design that the developers were wanting?
     
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    I dunno, integrate every component on a small board and put a little more thought into the placement and you may be looking at a very compact console with adequate cooling. Although I agree, the RN520 will probably generate a huge amount of heat which would need a pretty huge cooling solution. Maybe liquid metal? LOL!
     
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    Liquid Sodium cooling! Like in nuclear reactors! The only problem would arise (aside from the massive amounts of heat it takes to liquify sodium) when somone spills a Mtn. Dew on their console. When the sodium came in contact with the water in the Mtn. Dew it would explode violently! Lol, can you imagine the recalls? "Please return your nintendo revolution because of it's tendency to explode!"
     
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    Well I could imagine that the whole system could fit...slimline drive, all components onboard, small "mainboard"..and a good heatpipe (airduct) cooling solution, based on a batch of lowvoltage PPCs and ATI GPUs...it is possible *G*, and maybe the specs may change, but I would not think that they will change manufacturers (ie: from ATI to NVIDIA, or from PowerPC to another Chipfirm)...I guess it is just to show what "direction" the Revo is going in terms of hardware.

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    Well the xbox 360 has has three 3.2 GHz powerpc chips, so its very possible.

    They put 3.8 GHz prescotts into laptops, so a 2.5 GHz powerpc will be easy.

    And this is just some guy who says he has "info" on the revolution, I call BS!

    Seriously, why would anyone trust a guy posting on the G4 forums? G4 is for stupid people.
     
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    actually i kind of belive the specs they have to be close inorder to compete w/ the ps3 and xbox 360


    go sony :)..........though i love the N64 best console ever made :)
     
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    None of these PowerPC cpus used in consoles are the kind that are in higher end macs (ie G5s). They are seriously chopped down custom jobs that use a lot less power, make a lot less heat, and do a lot less work per core.

    Nothing looks too off about these specs, it's peoples interpretations of these specs that is wildly misleading.
     
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    The Xbox 360 is like 4 times bigger than the Revolution.Have you seen the cooling fot the PowerPC CPU of the Xbox 360, 2 80mm fans.

    And you can't compare a PowerPC to a Intel M (mobile) CPU.Two completely different thing, escpecialy heat-wise the PowerPC produces alot more heat, but does have more power than a Intel CPU while on lower frequencies.Just take a look at the cooling of the Apple G5 PowerPC case ... see the cooling ? That's what I mean.I don't say the Revo. has that same exact chip in it, but you get an idea of how much cooling it needs.
     
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    I said 3.8 GHz tard, as in a prescott which run HOT.
    All nintendo needs to do is add some heatpipe cooling with a radiator in the rear with a few small fans.
     
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    Watch your tongue pal.
     
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    Woah. Why's everyone getting so excited over this? All this info tells us is a general idea of what to expect although the Revo is FAR FAR away from being finished. I dunno why everyone's so put off by rumors of specs and everything, believe it or don't, it at least gives an approx idea?! LOL! ;)

    EDIT: And chill Wazz, you've never flamed someone before, don't start now...
     
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    That is the exact point of this news posting :) I personally like following the developement of Consoles, and yes it is far from being finished...but just like you said, it gives us an Idea as to what to expect. Ballpark people....ballpark :)

    cheers
    Vahid
     
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    yeah.. I like following the hw development.. but not really playing em.. modding xboxes was great.. i wish they were going to be able to do it this round.. perhaps nintendo will? :D
     
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    yea have (or better had...waiting for the money to show up on my bank account, then I am sending it off) a modded XBox myself, not to play games, but to watch japanese anime, or TV shows with it. I am still hoping that the XBox 360 will be moddable...would be awesome. I will grab myself a HTPC in case the XBox 360 turns out to be unmoddable...

    cheers
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    http://alienware.com/product_detail...sCode=PC-LT-MJ12M-7700-CP&SubCode=SKU-DEFAULT
    Obviously it would be easy as pie to cool a 2.5 GHz powerpc


    BTW I cant see my tongue without a mirror so I cant very well watch it (But its not like you can do anything anyways :eek: :p ) (Oops I think I just moved my tongue)

    I have a modded Xbox that I watch movies on (xbox media center) and a shitload of roms for more consoles than I can name :cool:
     
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    Wow who edited
    back into my post earlier?
     
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    dude @ concord high school(N.H.) we have a computer course that shows u lots of stuff how to oc and a course (section chapter thingy) souly for modding x boxes...and when i learned that they tought u how to oc i was like :twitch: :rockout: .
     

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