Nintendo’s next-gen Switch 2 portable console is anticipated to include over a thousand NVIDIA GPU cores based upon the Ampere architecture based upon the current reports.
Nintendo Switch 2 Handheld Expected To Feature NVIDIA & Arm Combo: 1280 GPU Cores, 8 CPU Cores
Previously today, the T239 SOC (System-on-Chip) was spotted which is apparently being utilized to run the approaching portable. The SOC is stated to be developed by NVIDIA and uses its previous-gen Ampere GPU architecture and an Arm CPU complex. Far, there have actually been numerous leakages as to what the real specs of this SOC may be and even more so on the procedure node that will be utilized to make it.
Now we have at least 2 leakers, Kopite7kimi and Tech_Reve, who are extremely positive that the SOC will be based upon a Samsung 8nm procedure node. According to Kopite7kimi, the SEC8N will be utilized in the production of the T239 SOC for the Nintendo Switch 2 while Tech_Reve highlights using the Samsung 7LPH procedure node which is an enhanced variation of the Samsung 8nm node. It may sound comparable to TSMC’s 4N node for NVIDIA which is technically an enhanced variation of its N5 or 5 nm node.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) September 14, 2023
Samsung Foundry 7LPH(8-nanometer enhanced variation) — Revegnus(@Tech_Reve)September 16, 2023 Now the NVIDIA Orin SOC “T234″currently includes those procedure node and while there have actually been reports that the Nintendo Switch 2 SOC may can be found in a 5nm node, those sound somewhat too positive offered what we have actually seen from Nintendo in the past. I will not reject that those reports can’t hold true given that NVIDIA can utilize a much better foundry procedure and amaze us with an even much better architecture/chip style for Nintendo’s upcoming console however do take those reports with a pinch of salt in the meantime.
— Elysian Realm (@KittyYYuko) September 16, 2023
So with the procedure node out of the method, let’s discuss specs. KittyYYuko states that the Nintendo Switch 2 SOC is anticipated to include 1280 CUDA cores. Now NVIDIA has 2 variations of Ampere, the HPC variation with 64 cores per SM and the customer variation with 128 cores per SM. Similar to the Orin SOC, the Nintendo Switch 2 SOC would include the customer variation with 128 cores per SM so that provides us an overall of 1280 cores throughout 10 SMs.
Here’s where the enjoyable part starts, Kopite7kimi states that the T239 is based on a single GPC while the Orin SOC is based on 2 GPC’s, each with 8 SMs for an overall of 16 SMs and 2048 cores. NVIDIA did have a single GPC with 10 SMs with its GA106 GPU pass away however T239 being an SOC may look extremely various compared to that. It might be possible that the SOC might have additional locked or handicapped SMs that may be made it possible for in a future version. Following is what a 10 SM Ampere GPU appears like:
On the CPU side, the Nintendo Switch 2 SOC is reported to load an overall of 8 Cortex A78 Arm cores. All of these cores are set up within a single cluster and is possible that we may see the A78 “C” variation which evacuates to 8 MB of L3 cache. The variation included on Orin “A78AE” included 2 MB of L3 cache per quad-core cluster so that’s 6 MB for an overall of 12 cores.
Just recently, we have actually been hearing a great deal of reports concerning the Nintendo Switch 2 portable. These reports generally followed Gamescom 2023 where the gadget was showcased to pick media & behind closed doors. According to reported information, the Nintendo Switch 2 portable was running different video games at 4K 60 FPS natively and is likewise stated to provide complete assistance for Ray Tracing & NVIDIA’s DLSS innovations. The Switch 2 portable was revealed to run the Unreal Engine 5 Matrix Awakens demonstration with NVIDIA DLSS 3.1.
There’s presently no main launch date revealed yet for the Nintendo Switch 2 portable however more details may can be found in the months ahead.