Nintendo Switch Uses Standard Tegra X1 Chip

Nintendo Switch Uses Standard Tegra X1 Chip

Details of the Nintendo Switch’s hardware have finally been uncovered, answering many of the prolonged questions about just how powerful Nintendo’s new console is after the hardware analysis site Tech Insights broke everything down.

One of the more interesting finds after the teardown is that the Nintendo Switch’s processor is identical to the standard Tegra X1 chip. The Tegra X1 can be found in the existing Android product, the Nvidia Shield. This means that the console/handheld hybrid is likely to only ever be as powerful as the revised edition of the Shield Android TV, a device released this year. Much of the other physical configurations of the Switch are also similar to the device, including the console’s surface-mounted capacitors.

This new information could be potential problem for Nintendo in the future as consumers already chastise the company for releasing consoles that are not up to par against its competition, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This has lead many to complain about frame rate drops in Nintendo Switch titles. In light of the recent technological specs analysis, it’s possible that the Switch’s processor is the reason why.

Earlier this month, Eurogamer performed a benchmark test of the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider on the Shield TV, finding a number of problems in regards to visual rendering and frame rate pacing. This doesn’t necessarily prove that the Switch would be unable to perform more smoothly but that optimization could prove to be an issue.

Before the launch of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo published a list of the new console’s specs, failing to detail anything about its CPU or GPU. Nintendo had announced that the Switch used a Nintendo Switch Hardware Review – Nintendo is Back “Nvidia customized Tegra processor” back when the console was revealed but both Nintendo and Nvidia publicly declined to reveal the chip’s architecture, processor clock speed.

  • pretty much, i guess nintendo and nvidia could strike a deal to release "switch" games only to the shield android tv, but it has to be coded in xinput, but its very unlikely. if only the "switch" was a home console a pascal mobile laptop gpu with a intel i7 cpu.

  • Hans Olo

    Nintendo ...what a piece of under powered SWITCH!

    • Justin

      Its not underpowered

      • Hans Olo

        Go back to ping pong pizza under the table where John Podesta sits.

        • Jenkins bell

          That sucks.oh well,systems are for games,not power.this is coming from a high-end powered PC owner.

          • Hans Olo

            Hang on..................BRB,
            .....Gotta, whew Fold it in half............there, I folded it in half and now im still 6 inches longer than you are.

          • Jenkins bell

            What do yo mean by that?is that supposed to insult me?I really do not get a lot of what you said.

          • Hans Olo

            Nope no insult, just had to fold it in half.

          • Jenkins bell

            fold what in half?I have been tired lately so I am probably misunderstanding.

          • Jenkins bell

            In case anyone is wondering,I am using my PC to play more graphically-demanding games(tekken 7 when it comes out,far cry,etc)and online-multiplayer games(unless Nintendo switch's online is great.you never want to close doors on stuff).I have the Nintendo switch for Nintendo games,indies,and japanese games(region-free.purely)also I can take the stuff on the go(obviously)and I also use it for RPG's.PC and Nintendo switch are the best!

      • NaotaChannel

        YES, yes it is underpowered.

        • Justin

          Ummmm....A tegra x 1 is really powerful compared to the x bo 1 and ps4,the maxwell architecture destroys the gcn architecture they use

  • Jenkins bell

    Please read my comment before laughing your head off.It will sound stupid.

    It is better for the Nintendo Switch to be weaker.Why?Here are each reason.

    1:price.If it chose to be stronger,then it would cost more.250-300$ was people's limits.Any higher would make people not buy it(not all will quit,just most).

    2:mobile.If it was stronger,then it's battery will be smaller,therefore what is the point of a home/mobile system?and if they made battery bigger,than.....they cannot.It would not fit.And more cooling would be needed.The price would be at least 400$.Too much.

    3:third parties.Not just any third party,indies.Indies make good,quality games that are cheap.most,however,do not go for TLG or FF15 level graphics.Nintendo focused on making the switch easier,cheaper,and faster for people to make games.more power means more time,effort,and money.and what if big companies do not need extra power?you know how big games like lego,minecraft,Tetris,just dance,sims(and Mysims),and others will benefit from this.

    Say you still want the "fallout,assassin's creed,call of duty" AWA's.It could.Dragon quest 10 and 11 are there.FIFA,NBA,and steep are there.Skyrim is there.And AC was on the wiiu.COD was on the wiiu and multiple times on the wii.they could still be there.Oh,and they will.Epic games said "a ton of games using Unreal Engine 4 will be on the switch,including a lot of already announced major titles on other systems"Ubisoft said they have 3 more games ready for "that are strong".Capcom has a few more also.Rock star has another,From software and Blizzard have to announce something.blizzard already said they are working on something.Fromsoftware said a dark souls trilogy with all DLC will be there if they can see it has a successful launch.Do not believe anything I said?Look all this up.I have proof.

    • Jenkins bell

      Also I would like to point out that when minetribe said it was 10 times stronger than the average iPad no one cares,but tech insights said it is as strong as a visual shield people are like "see!Nintendo switch is weak!".unless the big N reveals the power,we will never know and we will be making guesses.while most believe it is weak (and for reasons they have),Rome,snake pass,and steep look just like there PS4 versions.also dragon ball.and have you seen seasons of heaven?how does the PS4(not the pro)be able to handle that?personally I have no idea about the power and will not make a guess,but with today's technology who knows what they could come up with.

      • Jenkins bell

        I meant nvidia,not visual.

  • Jenkins bell

    This will blow up in Xbox's and Playstation's face.I am not saying now,but in the future.Because everyone is getting more and more power.How is that a problem?Xbox Scorpio is the real limit.Could not matter,but eventually everyone will have games looking just like each other(PS4 pro looks like real life and that is weaker,by a lot).Then what is left?They will have to innovate.And you know how that will turn out.Xbox tried,and failed.Playstation has never attempted it.They copy(handhelds,motion controls,vr,powerful systems,etc).Playstation has exclusives,but Nintendo's are better.Par better.Not to mention the big N is getting better and better as time goes on (they filed a trademark for eternal darkness recently)and PS is losing them.Crash will be on other systems,Tales will be on Switch,Street Fighter will have a exclusive on the switch,etc.Xbox will have their online services,but PS is doing the same thing,and Nintendo is approaching that.Nintendo will be dominant,and there will be no stopping.Switch will have to fail(does not look like it will.it is selling more than the Wii,some places PS4,even after the holidays),then their next system will have to fail(they have a lot of money left over),then the next one will have to fail.So Nintendo systems will have almost every game(Titanfall,Halo,HZD,Spyro,you name it).Every feature too.Man,it will be amazing.