Anand Lal Shimpi is a much braver person than we could ever hope to be, tearing open Nintendo's new Wii U
console for a detailed look at its innards. The tear down reveals the Wii U is powered by a multi-chip module – a PowerPC-based CPU – built using IBM's 45-nanometer manufacturing method; the GPU is comparable to AMD's RV7xx series of cards and shares 2GB of DDR3 RAM with the CPU.
As for power consumption, the Wii U doesn't take much, drawing 32.8 watts of power when booting up the console's dashboard. In testing New Super Mario Bros. U
, Shimpi discovered the console draws only 33 watts of power during gameplay; less required energy than any other home video game console on the market right now. Now maybe Green Peace will ease up a little
on Mario's masters?