ARM confirms Switch is powered by four Cortex-A57 cores

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    It was much debated on the Internet what SoC Nintendo's Switch is using. Some say it is powered by Nvidia's 2 years old Tegra X1, others say it is powered by a custom Tegra Pascal chip. It seems we finally have an answer as ARM claimed the Switch will be powered by 4x ARM Cortex-57 cores. For reference, the X1 also uses four ARM Cortex-57 cores. While Nvidia's Pascal based Tegra P1 chip utilises four Cortex-57 cores as well, it also has 2 additional Denver2 cores that are lacking in the X1 and ARM's announcement. That means it's very likely that Nintendo went with the X1, although with some sort of possible customization.

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    Someone asked ARM via email about the facebook post and ARM says it was 'not an official statement' and removed the post. Whether it was posted by mistake or if there is any other reason behind it is anyone's guess. ARM notably didn't deny the truthfullness of the post, but at present the Switch's SoC remains unconfirmed.

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    Can anyone with a facebook account access this post? Don't know if ARM has since deleted its post or if it's only accessible with a facebook account.
     
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    So once again nintendo is using outdated and underpowered hardware compared to competing consoles. Is anyone really surprised at this point?
     
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    Thanks. This means probably that they didn't have permission to post this information yet.
     
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    But luckily our WiiUBricker was faster :rofl2:
     
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    Wait, so this is an exclusive piece of info then! :yayswitch:
     
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    Nah, credit belongs to the nintendolife blog.
     
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    lol, i'm seeing it already. Third party support will flop after a year or two, if the switch is lucky enough.
     
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    Just saying that ARM themselves no longer confirm it as fact.
     
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    what i read: "it's not an official statement, we don't know what we sold to nintendo, thats why we shared it on the first place lol"
    Yeah... x)
     
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    This is going to be one heavily GPU weighted system.
     
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    lol not even A72 cores.

    The switch's cpu is less powerful than a Samsung Galaxy S4 from 2013 :rofl2::cry:

    Ninty didn't even bother to use Pascal cores which are way energy efficient for much more power. Who is their hardware head and what is he doing?
     
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    Should read through the small thread first, which includes an official statement from ARM saying it's not confirmed.
     
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    They are just doing that because nintendo yelled at them, the fact they wont release tech specs before launch should tell you something.
     
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    Still, it's gonna be a big deal for Nintendo if they even use the A57, seeing as how underpowered the 3DS and NDS was from a tech point of view.

    I think the Switch could be more hacker friendly as A57 is a well documented arch throughout the android community(which might not have a very direct use tho):glare:
     
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    I love how people think the XB1 and PS4 are so powerful. They're using outdated AMD 8 core APUs and only 8gb of ram. my haswell i5 4670 with 16gb 1600 ddr3 and with my gtx 960 4gb or my 1060 6gb runs way better then that tech they use.
     
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    I think every one knows that the XB1 and PS4 aren't the most powerful devices around. It's 2017, everyone knows by now :P.
     
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