Nintendo Switch: One Component Really Holds It Back [VIDEO]

It’s been suspected that Nintendo’s hybrid platform, released seven years ago, might not be able to perform better because of one of its components, but now there’s video proof, as you can see how a small difference can make a big difference to the Big N’s console.


You can’t expect the Nintendo Switch to keep up with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it could be better with a small tweak. We recently reported how a Nintendo Switch with 8GB of RAM instead of OLED 4 showed better performance in Mortal Kombat 1 or The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The same YouTuber improved the performance of another OLED Switch, but this time he went a step further.

This time the console also has 8 gigabytes of RAM (SK Hynix NEI), but this time he’s also increased the memory clock speed considerably. The result is quite astonishing: it’s really the memory that drags down the console’s performance. If you increase the memory clock to 3050 MHz, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild runs at almost 60 FPS! The Switch port of Hogwarts Legacy and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also showed improvements, with the tuned RAM consistently delivering over 30 FPS in almost all scenes.

Of course, it should be added that the Nintendo Switch’s cooling system is not designed to run the memory at such a high clock speed, so more heat would be generated during normal use and the handheld could even overheat. Hopefully the successor, which is still based on Nvidia’s technology and has yet to be officially announced (it’s not even sure if it will be called Switch 2), will not have such problems; better performance from the T239 chip will mean more stable frame rates and higher resolution.

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Source: WCCFTech

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