Nintendo Switch Clock Speeds Revealed

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After several sources have claimed to reveal Nintendo Switch clock speeds, many people are finding themselves disappointed. I am going to take one step further and explain to everyone what this clock speed means for the Nintendo Switch.

Today, EuroGamer published an article which essentially confirmed the GPU and CPU clock speeds for the Nintendo Switch.  To break this down for everyone I would like to first explain the purpose of clock speeds. The GPU is the graphics processing unit, and the CPU is the central processing unit. To make this simple the GPU is used for graphics/visuals and the CPU is used for power.

From what these leaks are saying, there is a power difference when the Nintendo Switch is placed inside the dock. This is most likely in order to improve the battery life of the system when in portable mode. Here’s the leaked GPU and CPU speeds:

Undocked: CPU – 1020MHz. GPU – 307.2MHz. Memory Controller Speeds – 1331/1600MHz.

Docked: CPU – 1020MHz. GPU – Up to 768MHz. Memory Controller Speeds – 1331/1600MHz.

This shows that the Nintendo Switch can run with over 2x the amount of GPU if the system is docked. The information above was provided the developers of the Nintendo Switch along with the following message:

The information in this table is the final specification for the combinations of performance configurations and performance modes that applications will be able to use at launch.

The following specs were also revealed to developers:

  • CPU: Four ARM Cortex A57 cores, max 2GHz
  • GPU: 256 CUDA cores, maximum 1GHz
  • Architecture: Nvidia second generation Maxwell
  • Texture: 16 pixels/cycle
  • Fill: 14.4 pixels/cycle
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: 25.6GB/s
  • VRAM: shared
  • System memory: 32GB, max transfer rate: 400MB/s
  • USB: USB 2.0/3.0
  • Video output: 1080p60/4K30
  • Display: 6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1280×720 pixels, 10-point multi-touch support

Given these stats, the Nintendo Switch is nearly double the power of the PS Vita to put things in perspective. The Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as the PS4 or the Xbox One though. While this may upset some people, I never expected the Nintendo Switch to be more powerful than the PS4 or Xbox One. We all know that Nintendo does not sell systems based on power, they sell based on their great exclusive titles. The fact that this will be the best handheld device on the market leaves me feeling very satisfied. What are your thoughts on these Nintendo Switch clock speeds?

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Austin enjoys long walks on the beach with his Nintendo Switch while enjoying the reflection of the sunset. Well... the Nintendo Switch has not been released yet, so he just dreams about that at night. Austin is known to talk about himself in third person and refers to himself as Clint Eastwood at times.
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