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Rumor: Nintendo 3DS to Pack Two ARM CPUs

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Two processors in the Nintendo 3DS? That's what IGN's sources are saying.

We still don't know when the Nintendo 3DS is going to be available to buy in stores, so it's hardly surprising that Nintendo hasn't dished the full scoop on what makes its latest handheld console tick. However, though we may have to wait for an official announcement from Nintendo or an iFixit tear down to get all the dirty details, the latest rumors do provide us with some possibilities to mull over.

IGN cites people familiar with the matter that say the device will pack not one but two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs. Aside from a one-two punch in processing power, the sources say that the 3D handheld will boast a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of dedicated VRAM, 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GB of flash storage.

Nintendo has yet to comment on the specs revealed by IGN's sources, which were speaking on condition of anonymity. Though the company has a 3DS event planned for next week, we're not holding our collective breath for specs as Nintendo is said to only be announcing the release date on September 29. Still, don't let us stop you from being all glass-half-full about it! We'll keep you posted.

Source: IGN

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    tipoo , September 22, 2010 9:58 PM
    Those specs are very disappointing, I was thinking it would be a Tegra 2 with its dual Cortex A9 goodness. Not saying its a better gaming platform, but the iPod Touch already blows these specs out of the water. Heck, even the last generation one did, as did the Zune HD as well as just about every smartphone released in the last 2 years.

    I know bottom of the barrel specs haven't hurt Nintendo sales with the Wii or DS, but this is still disappointing.


    Yo Sony, go with the Tegra 2 and 512mb RAM for the next PSP!
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    godnodog , September 22, 2010 9:54 PM
    Is it me or this is a week machine even for today´s available technology?
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    godnodog , September 22, 2010 9:54 PM
    Is it me or this is a week machine even for today´s available technology?
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 9:56 PM
    Wow! If those specs are real, then the rumors will end up being truthful lolz!
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    tipoo , September 22, 2010 9:58 PM
    Those specs are very disappointing, I was thinking it would be a Tegra 2 with its dual Cortex A9 goodness. Not saying its a better gaming platform, but the iPod Touch already blows these specs out of the water. Heck, even the last generation one did, as did the Zune HD as well as just about every smartphone released in the last 2 years.

    I know bottom of the barrel specs haven't hurt Nintendo sales with the Wii or DS, but this is still disappointing.


    Yo Sony, go with the Tegra 2 and 512mb RAM for the next PSP!
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    joytech22 , September 22, 2010 9:58 PM
    To be honest, if those spec's are right, i thought a 3D console would still pack more punch with it's hardware..

    I was expecting something similar in speed to snapdragon and a GPU as powerful as Tegra at the least?
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    sabot00 , September 22, 2010 10:00 PM
    They will need some serious power to make good use of 3D tech, this has potential to SHRED the PSP and iPod touch, but at those specs it's not powerful enough to.
    Something like a PowerVR SGX 530 (540 would be better) would be good for the GPU, maybe even talk to AMD and use a APU or Tegra 2, but either way, you want serious power to drive 3D.
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    slabbo , September 22, 2010 10:00 PM
    sorry but this doesn't really mean much to me, cause I don't know how fast these chips are. benchmarks like we have with AMD and Nvidia would be helpful.
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    darkchazz , September 22, 2010 10:08 PM
    The aging PSP still has better specs than those except for the VRAM which is only 2mb on psp.

    But since when did Nintendo care about graphics anyway.
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    tipoo , September 22, 2010 10:11 PM
    joytech22To be honest, if those spec's are right, i thought a 3D console would still pack more punch with it's hardware..I was expecting something similar in speed to snapdragon and a GPU as powerful as Tegra at the least?



    Snapdragon and Tegra are both SoC's that include both a processor and a GPU.
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    miloo , September 22, 2010 10:13 PM
    probably cant even play a 1080p movie ~
    hopefully Sony will pack with a tegra 2 or 3 in next gen psp ~
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    jshcastle , September 22, 2010 10:13 PM
    its all about price. for both the consumer and for nintendo. yeah, sure the newer itouch/iphones, zune hd, and otherwise are faster, however look at cost. modern smartphones may be faster, but tend to be heavily subsidized by carriers or tend to cost 400-500$. the ds line runs much less than that. ill also throw out an assumption here and say that a good part of the final price for the 3ds will be the top screen. if they had decided not to go with a glasses free 3d screen, i guarantee the specs might be a bit more meaty.
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    jshcastle , September 22, 2010 10:16 PM
    also, on another note, nintendo tends to lean towards the more casual/younger gaming crowd, with games more suited to that means than for instance the psp. therefore, just like with the wii, its more about being different and fun than boasting the best specs/visuals.
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    eklipz330 , September 22, 2010 10:17 PM
    maybe they wanted to keep it under $200...

    hey, as long as it looks EXCEPTIONAL and framerate is good, who can complain?
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    tipoo , September 22, 2010 10:19 PM
    eklipz330maybe they wanted to keep it under $200...hey, as long as it looks EXCEPTIONAL and framerate is good, who can complain?


    The iPod touch, with even MORE storage, is 250 dollars. I'm sure they could have done better.
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    slabbo , September 22, 2010 10:22 PM
    from what i heard from people who actually played with it (metal gear, capcom game). the graphics are "amazing." As long as it puts out amazing graphics, i could care less if it was even powered by hamsters.
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    zhelkus , September 22, 2010 11:09 PM
    why is everybody in the comments complaining about the specs? it's been nintendo's goal to make a profit out of EVERY console they sold, contrary to sony and microsoft. Specs are not up to par with today's tech? Well, look at the Wii. Only 512MiB internal storage! WTF?? Did it sell? Hell yeaz!

    What's the main attractor for the 3DS? Hint: first two letters. If it pulls it off well, and according to people who demoed it it has, then once you're playing it you're not going to focus on how pixelated or aliased it looks. Unlike a PSP or iPhone, the screen isn't going to be static enough to let you concentrate on it (unless you prefer to switch off the 3D, but pretty dumb move unless low on batt). Your eyes will be constantly focusing to and away from it too much to notice and/or care.

    This may be a website for those of us who are tech savvy... but tech isn't all. Start looking at the bigger picture.
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    adamboy64 , September 22, 2010 11:22 PM
    Start looking at the bigger picture... good point zhelkus.
    It certainly does seem like weak spec's..

    But it's all about finding that point between power necessary to acheive it's outcomes and then making sure it's affordable for the general consumer, which'll get in the sales.

    You could say the Nintendo Wii is weak (and hey, hardware wise it is)... but Nintendo won't hear you, they're too busy rolling around in piles of cash.
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    nukemaster , September 22, 2010 11:35 PM
    While it seems weak. It is a HUGE upgrade from the first DS with its 33mhz and 67mhz chips.
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    tipoo , September 22, 2010 11:41 PM
    tipooThe iPod touch, with even MORE storage, is 250 dollars. I'm sure they could have done better.



    *and thats not to say its a better gaming platform, just that for the price Nintendo could have stuck better internals in*
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