Today, Eurogamer has reported that the clockspeed of CPU and GPU powering the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch have been revealed.
Indeed, the console, which is powered by the Nvidia Tegra chip, is seen as being a platform accessible to all developers. Eurogamer has taken the liberty of exposing what is inside the Switch’s hood.
“Where Switch remains consistent is in CPU power – the cores run at 1020MHz regardless of whether the machine is docked or undocked. This ensures that running game logic won’t be compromised while gaming on the go: the game simulation itself will remain entirely consistent. The machine’s embedded memory controller runs at 1600MHz while docked (on par with a standard Tegra X1), but the default power mode undocked sees this drop to 1331MHz. However, developers can opt to retain full memory bandwidth in their titles should they choose to do so.”
“As things stand, CPU clocks are halved compared to the standard Tegra X1, but it’s the GPU aspect of the equation that will prove more controversial. Even while docked, Switch doesn’t run at Tegra X1’s full potential. Clock-speeds are locked here at 768MHz, considerably lower than the 1GHz found in Shield Android TV, but the big surprise from our perspective was the extent to which Nintendo has down-clocked the GPU to hit its thermal and battery life targets. That’s not a typo: it really is 307.2MHz – meaning that in portable mode, Switch runs at exactly 40 per cent of the clock-speed of the fully docked device. And yes, the table below does indeed confirm that developers can choose to hobble Switch performance when plugged in to match the handheld profile should they so choose.”
Of course, knowing specs is but a sample of what we truly want to know about this new platform. The games that will be available to play will be a game changer in the next month. Stay tuned for the big reveal Nintendo has planned in January 2017! Also, the console has also been confirmed to be Vulkan 1.0 conformant with OpenGL by the Khronos Group, to be able to create high quality graphics. This new platform really does showcase a brand new Nintendo in 2017!