Mar 14th, 2017

We’ve already seen the fix-it professionals at iFixIt tear into the Nintendo Switch to give us a peek at the internals and how well the system is put together, but another teardown released today sheds some more light on the manufacturing process for the Nintendo Switch.

Perhaps the most interesting thing discovered from this new teardown is that pieces inside the console sport a manufacture date of November 15, 2016. That indicates that Nintendo has been producing Nintendo Switch consoles for quite a while ahead of the official reveal in January.

Of course we know the device is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 processor, but the folks at Mindtribe were impressed with the internal layout of some of Nintendo’s design choices. Specifically, the Nintendo Switch is cooled by a “squashed copper tube filled with coolant” alongside a small radiator and fan. Meanwhile, the processor, logic board, and other critical components are all crammed into the Switch’s tiny footprint.

The NVIDIA Tegra produces some serious heat, which is why it’s important to activate a cooling system — you wouldn’t want to burn the hands of millions of gamers. Many commentators might call the Switch a glorified tablet but, in reality, it’s around 10x more powerful than your average iPad, thanks to the Tegra. The cooling system uses an amazingly thin heat pipe (a squashed copper tube filled with coolant) with a small radiator and fan, including vibration damping rubber mount, at the end.

So this should help silence some of the critical claims that the Nintendo Switch is little more than a tablet running a custom OS. While that’s certainly the form-factor that Nintendo is now competing with, you won’t get a game the size or quality of Breath of the Wild on any iOS or other mobile device anytime soon.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Cons – $299.99

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