A successful teardown of Nintendo Switch confirms a gaming device whose processing workload is handled by a stock NVIDIA Tegra X1 T210 CPU and GM20B Maxwell CPU.
It shouldn’t strike as a surprise that the bulk of the processing work on recently released Nintendo Switch is carried out by an NVIDIA Tegra processor, which was officially announced by NVIDIA last October where the popular game console manufacturer confirmed that their new hybrid game console would be powered by a “custom Tegra processor”. “Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor”, NVIDIA said last year. “The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”.
Immediately after this announcement, various tech sources started speculating on which type of NVIDIA architecture will be used as the main source of power in the Nintendo Switch. NVIDIA’s Pascal Parker architecture was initially tipped to be the main power horse, according to some analysts, while others were of the view that older Maxwell technology could well be utilized inside the hybrid console. Nothing could be said with certainty back at that time, we only had leaked reports and rumors regarding the main CPU architecture on the Nintendo Switch to rely on. All that was known was that the main source of power will be a custom Tegra chip. However, reality turned out to be completely different than the previous claims as the first teardown of the Nintendo Switch has confirmed that a stock, not a custom, Tegra X1 processor is housed inside the console’s body.
And this has been revealed through a Nintendo Switch teardown by Tech Insights.
After subsequent processing of the GPU from the Nintendo Switch, we have determined that the processor is the NVIDIA Tegra T210. The T210 CPU features 4 Cortex A57 and 4 Cortex A53 processor cores and the GPU is a GM20B Maxell core.
So all those hoping to see a custom Tegra processor will have to swallow a bitter pill. Do check out complete details about the teardown in the link shared above as it makes for a fascinating read.