The adorable mini NES Classic Edition is everything we hoped it would be and it’s sure to be a hit this holiday season. But what’s on the inside? GameSpot’s senior reviewer Peter Brown opened it up and found a tiny little Linux computer.
Sleuths on Reddit dissected that photo, and figured out a best guess as to what the guts actually are:
- SoC: Allwinner R16 (4x Cortex A7, Mali400MP2 GPU)
- RAM: SKHynix (256MB DDR3)
- Flash: Spansion 512MB SLC NAND flash, TSOP48
- PMU: AXP223
This is pretty basic, low-cost stuff, as one would expect for a $60 mini console, but it’s also amazingly powerful when you recall that the original NES’s processor was a 1.79 MHz MOS 6502.
Now, comparing an ARM Cortex A7 to the old MOS 6502 in terms of sheer speed or power takes some effort. Power and performance aren’t strictly based on clockspeed—the new processor has a clockspeed at least 1000 times faster than the original. But clockspeed doesn’t tell the whole story.