Nintendo's next-gen console rumored to use 14nm Polaris GPU from AMD

AMD's next-gen Polaris architecture rumored to be powering Nintendo's next-gen console.

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We only recently reported that Nintendo's next-gen console would be faster than the PS4 by a 'noticeable amount', but what APU or GPU would be powering the NX console? An AMD chip, of course.

Nintendo's next-gen console rumored to use 14nm Polaris GPU from AMD |

AMD is powering all of the consoles right now, with APUs inside of the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U. The next-gen Nintendo NX console being powered by an APU or GPU from AMD comes as no surprise, but it'll be interesting if it's powered by their next-gen 14nm Polaris architecture.

During the RTG event in Sonoma late last year, I actually asked AMD that question - whether their new GPU would power any next-gen consoles. AMD said they couldn't elaborate, but it makes sense. 14nm provides a cooler operating system, with an improved punch in performance, and less power draw - another notch on the belt of reduced heat, and noise.

It's all rumors now, but the "Polaris-like GPU" would allow the next-gen Nintendo console to have a considerable jump on the Xbox One and PS4. The Nintendo NX console powered by the Polaris-like GPU would allow Nintendo to position itself directly against the upcoming PlayStation 4.5 console, which will reportedly be 4K-capable.

I don't see Nintendo going down the 4K route, but a 1080p 60FPS class system where every single game is 1080p 60FPS minimum would be a huge deal right now. Especially in the world of 720p half-assed games we are getting far too accustomed to.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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