RedGamingTech has joined the Nintendo Switch 2, which has been gaining momentum lately. While discussing previously reported details about the highly anticipated hybrid console, such as DLSS support, the YouTuber also offered some new information that he apparently received through a combination of “I was told” and “another one of my sources.” So a pinch of salt is in order, especially considering how surprising this leak is about the Switch 2’s specs in terms of CPU and GPU, but in presenter Paul Eccleston’s defense, he called the potential specs “unreliable.” Additionally, he mentioned that some developers have entered into non-disclosure agreements with Nintendo, indicating that changes are really starting to happen in the Switch successor space.
Eccleston reasonably believes that there were a lot of hardware changes made during the development of the Switch 2, and so it’s safe to assume that the Tegra T239 “Drake” processor could have been added into the mix at some point. Although this chip is still a huge upgrade over the Tegra of the original Switch. If the Nintendo Switch 2 release date falls in the second half of 2024, this will result in a six-year gap between the console and the SoC architecture. The OG Switch was released in 2017, and the X1 processor was introduced by Nvidia in 2015: an acceptable gap of two years (about 22 months).
A video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Dsgy5b2kk suggests that Nvidia may have offered Nintendo an upgraded SoC configuration, which if true will fuel rumors that the Switch 2 will be able to match gaming performance PS5 and Xbox Series S. The Switch 2’s processor component could be MediaTek – with 2 Cortex-A4 cores, 2 Cortex-A720 cores, and 4 Cortex-A520 cores for an incredibly impressive fast and efficient chip. this would leave any T239 part number in the dust.
The Drake chip was thought to feature ARM Cortex-A78AE cores, but ARM claims the new Cortex-A720 cores could deliver 10% faster performance than the Cortex-A78, excluding the power of the two Cortex-A4 cores that drive the supposed processor. CPU. As for the Cortex-A4, it uses a much more efficient architecture than the A78 (ARMv9.2 vs ARMv8.2), and the maximum number of instructions in flight varies from 160 for the old model to 2×384 for the new series. This potential CPU component represents a huge upgrade from what was previously rumored about the Nintendo Switch successor.
As if that weren’t enough, the graphics component of the Nintendo Switch 2 is expected to have between 12 and 16 streaming multiprocessors (SMs), but with an Ada Lovelace microarchitecture. So while a chip like the Nvidia Jetson AGX Orin 32GB has the same number of SMs (14), it has to rely on the older Ampere architecture. Once again, the T239 Drake seems outdated by its Ampere know-how, as this mysterious Switch 2 processor will provide the console with more power, more efficiency, DLSS 3 frame generation and 4th generation Tensor cores if based on the Ada microarchitecture. Lovelace.
Last but not least, there is talk of 12-16GB RAM for the Nintendo Switch 2 and Tegra X1 backwards compatibility. RedGamingTech is a heady mix that can be perceived as both reckless optimism and a level of skepticism that lowers expectations but keeps hope alive.
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