Nintendo Switch Uses Nvidia Tegra X1 T210 CPU & GM20B Maxwell Core
We’ve known for awhile the Nintendo Switch was running a Tegra processor courtesy of Nvidia. In October of last year NVIDIA announced that Nintendo’s new hybrid console would include a “custom Tegra processor”. It wasn’t clear on what Nintendo was doing with their Switch, but we had a few guesses. Now website Tech Insights tore apart the Nintendo Switch, the tear down reveal the Switch is running a stock X1 T210 CPU (Tegra) with a GM20B Maxwell Core.
The Switch is running a stock Tegra chip! Both Nintendo and Nvidia claimed they were using a custom Tegra processor, but something didn’t happen. It means that a console like a Switch could have happened years ago with the technology we’ve had, but Microsoft or Sony didn’t want to invest in have a tablet play the games that had on the Xbox or Playstation.
Nintendo Switch runs a stock Tegra processor with a Maxwell Core
It’s unclear why Nvidia would claim to have a custom chip for the switch and not provide one. The custom part could be a software piece to render games and provide power during the dock and undock state, but that’s unlikely. It’s also interesting to see a stock Tegra chip power Zelda and other console AAA games we’d traditionally see on AMD processors.
There’s a lot of questions around what the Switch is running for software, but we’ve only seen small hacks into the WebKit browser. I’m still hoping the device runs some flavor of Android, even if it’s a bare-metal version of the OS.
Tell us in the comments below what you think about the Switch running a stock version of a Tegra chip. I’m still in awe that they used a stock version!