Project Cafe hardware

The hardware - click to enlarge!

Earlier this year, IGN published a report with some insider information about Nintendo’s new home console, nicknamed Project Cafe, including a number of specific hardware specifications. Using this information, they took it upon themselves to find PC parts comparable to the list of alleged Project Cafe hardware, and put together their own Frankenstein-esque ‘Project Cafe’ system.

Obviously, the new system is going to have a bunch of games that IGN don’t have access to right now, as well as a completely different OS, so they tested out the power of the machine by using current-gen games and comparing the performance to that of the Xbox 360.

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IGN enlisted the help of their hardware experts to find the parts that were the closest possible to the hardware that Project Cafe has been reported to use. Their system is made up of the following parts:

  • CPU: 3.2GHz Triple Core AMD Athlon II X3 450
  • GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4850 GPU with 1GBs of VRAM
  • Motherboard: BIOSTAR A780L3L Micro ATX
  • RAM: 2GBs of Kingston DDR3
  • Power Supply: Rosewill RV350 ATX 1.3
  • Hard Drive: 80GB WD Caviar Blue 7200RPM

IGN have stated that although this is the closest they could get to the parts, their sources have said there will be some significant variations between their system and the Project Cafe. The system cost IGN $423.93 USD to put together, leading them to estimate that the final cost of the new system may be upwards of $300 USD.

Their system was put to the test by comparing its performance to that of the Xbox 360. The image below shows both of the systems running Call of Duty: Black Ops, and you can see that IGN’s Project Cafe has a clear graphical improvement over the Xbox 360 version. IGN notes that the character models were far more detailed in the copy of the game running on their system, and that while the framerate performance varied, it got as high as 56 FPS and never dropped below 32 FPS.

Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Xbox 360 (left) and Project Cafe (right)

Xbox 360 (left), Project Cafe (right)

Make sure you check out IGN’s article for yourself, to see the rest of the game comparisons, as well as some more information about the possible power this system could harness.

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Source: IGN