Nintendo Switch Teardown Reveals That It Uses Stock NVIDIA Tegra X1 T210 CPU & GM20B Maxwell Core

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Posted By | On 16th, Mar. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

Nintendo is traditionally very stingy about sharing specs for its systems- and with the Switch, that hasn’t changed. So it’s been left to teardowns from third parties to figure out exactly what it is that makes Nintendo’s newest device click.

As it turns out? It’s not all that spectacular. Pull the curtains back, and you find out that the Switch runs on a stock NVIDIA Tegra X1 CPU and GM208 Maxwell GPU. This appears to contradict Nvidia’s assertions that its chip powering the Switch is ‘custom’- so far, no customizations have been discovered.

In terms of hard power, what does this mean? This means that the Switch is more powerful than the Wii U (and Xbox 360 and PS3), but not as powerful as the Xbox One (and so, not as powerful as PS4 or PS4 Pro either). This is about what we expected, and it reinforces that as a handheld, the Switch is a wonderful device- as a console, it’s found a fair bit lacking.

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  • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

    Very salty hardware for 2017

    More proof they’re wanting to drop hardware and just make Mario Apple app games.

    3rd parties are not going to even bother wasting their time downgrading games for this.
    More powerful mobile phones than this.

    • C. Hoffer

      Nintendo should have dropped hardware years ago. Focus on their rehash of money making games that look like cartoons and stuff them on every platform (expect PC). Mobile phones, tablets, PS & One lines…they would make buckets of cash. PC users would either buy a console AND/OR they could stream – Just not disc’s for PC users. They steal way too much stuff.

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      true. Their market has always been 12 year olds

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