Nintendo May Employ AMD Zen-Based APU in Upcoming Nintendo NX Console
According to a recent report, Nintendo may employ an AMD Zen-based APU – built on 14nm FinFET process – in its upcoming console codenamed Nintendo NX.
We recently came across a report stating that Nintendo NX will arrive in March 2017 alongside The Legend of Zelda. AMD Zen-based chips code-named Summit Ridge, on the other hand, is expected to launch in Q4 this year with Zen-based APUs planned for 2017.
AMD Zen-Based APU and Nintendo NX
While we do not have a concrete release date, there is hoping that both releases will fall in close to one another. Moreover, Nintendo failed to attract third-party developers to release titles on Wii U, primarily because it uses customized IBM ISA that forces third-party developers to invest more time into porting games.
Using AMD Zen-based should completely eradicate this issue. It is true that Nintendo must have a couple of options, but going with AMD definitely makes a whole lot of sense. For a long time, Nintendo has used graphics cards developed by AMD so it seems fitting that Nintendo goes with AMD.
However, do note that all of this is based on speculation and we cannot say anything until either AMD or Nintendo comes up with an official statement.
In the meanwhile, do let us know what you think Nintendo NX going with AMD Zen-based APU in the comments section below!
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