The Nintendo Switch Is 10 Times More Powerful Than an Average iPad

The power advantage could be important for Nintendo as it looks to compete with the growing popularity of mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets.

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SojournUK150d ago

Just shows how underpowered iPads are.

Erik7357149d ago

And how powerful Switch is for a portable

MrSega148d ago

More powerful than Vita less than x360.

EddieNX 148d ago

Xbox 360 and Vita 0.5 GB RAM

Switch 4.0GB RAM it's better in every conceivable way, by far. I know you're probz just trolling but yh....

mikeslemonade148d ago

^As if Ram is the main determining factor of power, just saying..

Apple products are always one of the weaker devices and the ipad is old.

chrisoadamson148d ago (Edited 148d ago )

switch is a home computer .. that happens to be portable . stated many many many times by Nintendo . the switch is not powerful for a new console that is weaker than 3 yes old hardware . I.e. xbox and ps4

inveni0148d ago

What's the "average iPad"? Why not compare it with the latest, most powerful iPad? I bet it's not 10x more powerful than that. And then what happens when the next iPad comes out? Or when the iPad is faster? Are we shocked that new tech is better than old tech?

shaggy2303147d ago


Think you'll find the Xbox360 was a mere 0.24 Tflops

Now I don't know how powerful the Switch is, but in both docked and undocked mode I would almost guarantee its more powerful than that, but as someone else pointed out, you probably already knew that and just wanted troll.

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Utalkin2me148d ago

Well it is a mis-leading title. Plus the Ipad does 100 times more

MyDietEqualsGames148d ago

Yes. The Ipad has way more productivity than the Nintendo Switch. As a gaming device, the Switch wipes it's semiconductor-ass with the Ipad, though.

MVGeneral147d ago

Yeah it's a misleading article. What iPad are they talking about? Because it isn't 10x more powerful than the latest iPad. Maybe the 1st one ever released?
A lot of smoke and mirrors reporting going on with the Nintendo switch.

Utalkin2me147d ago


Thats my point. People only read titles and claim this blah blah. When in fact it makes themselves look stupid. The newest Ipad is stronger then the switch in every aspect.

cartoonx1148d ago

coz they not comparing it with the current ipads, but ancient ipads. an ipad pro is much faster thn switch.

XStation4pio_Pro148d ago (Edited 148d ago )

the latest iPad is 800 GFLOPS which puts gpu ever so slightly less than Switch in dock mode and more than when in portable mode...but with faster memory than the switch. and a much more powerful cpu. this article states "average iPad" not "latest iPad"

joab777148d ago

This makes the entire premise kina absurd!

babadivad148d ago

The switch is actually: 393 - 471 GFLOPS when docked in FP32. and 157 - 196 FP32 undocked.

MVGeneral147d ago

Yeah it's a misleading article. Like everything nintendo is doing these days.
"Best selling console" (Nintendo console)
"Sold out everywhere, high demand" (only 2 million will be released all of March .

joab777148d ago

It says average Ipad. What about the newest Ipad?

babadivad148d ago

As I mentioned earlier in this thread, the newest iPad destroys the Nintendo Switch pretty handily.

babadivad148d ago (Edited 148d ago )

Which iPad? Certainly not the newest iPad. I hate Apple and would never by one of their products but there's no way that the switch is x10 more powerful than the most recent iPad.

In actuality, they are probably close to equal in power. Off top, the iPad has a FAAAAR more powerful CPU. That part is not even up for debate.

As for the GPU of A9x, it's actually faster than the X1 in the Switch[according to benchmarks ran by Anandtech].

The iPad GPU gets a score of 80 fps in the GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen). While the X1 SoC[the chip powering the switch] is getting a score of 65.6. This loss would be compounded by Nintendo's decision to downlock their version of the chip.

As far as the ram, the iPad Pro has 4GB of RAM, just like the switch.

So, in what world is the Switch x10 more powerful than the iPad?? MAAAYBE the very first gen iPad, maybe.

From everything we know about the 2 chips in question, it's slower than the iPad in almost every way. This article is complete nonsense.

I can't believe I'm defending Apple of all people.

If we are being honest, your new Galaxy S8 is gonna probably have a more powerful SoC than the Switch. Especially the Exynos version.

NotoriousWhiz148d ago

With the cost of the latest ipad, you could buy 2 switches.

babadivad148d ago (Edited 148d ago )


So we're moving the goal post now?? The article said it's x10 faster than the iPad. When it's actually slower than the iPad. And about on par with the iPad of 2-3 years ago. Price is irrelevant to this conversation.

And you can also get devices with the X1 SoC in it running un-hobbled and cheaper than the Nintendo Switch. So what's the point in mentioning price? Unless you are arguing the Switch should be cheaper than it is, of which I can agree.

MVGeneral147d ago

Nintendo fans will grasp at anything to justify their purchase and defend their cult leaders, nintendo.

NotoriousWhiz147d ago

Who said anything about moving the goal posts? I'm just pointing out facts.

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Einhander1971148d ago

Just shows how much the grunt the awesome little switch has. Just playing fast Rmx proves that .

The_Hooligan147d ago

I'm sure it does but can it do it all like this

Lol I love this show. I know it's an iPhone and not iPad but still funny. :)

bluefox755148d ago (Edited 148d ago )

"Average Ipad" meaning they're not comparing it to the newer ipad pro, that has around 500 gflops and double the Switch's memory bandwidth, they're comparing it to older ipads that are at least a few years old..

EddieNX 148d ago

How much is an Ipad pro?

The Switch is powerful for a tablet , digital foundry will back me up on this, but of course, you Nintendo haters love to compare Switch to Huge, traditional home consoles lol

bluefox755148d ago

Not the point. The point is the article is at best misleading, and blatantly false at worst.

Also, I don't hate Nintendo. I grew up with it. I still have my SNES and N64. Just because I think their new console sucks, doesn't mean I hate the company. I'm disappointed, sure, but I want them to succeed. That fanboy mentality you have doesn't help anyone, certainly not Nintendo. And people are comparing it to home consoles because NINTENDO themselves said Switch is a home console FIRST AND FOREMOST.

EddieNX 148d ago


Okay, remove the joycon and what your left with is a Small Tablet with all of the chips inside. This is a hardware based fact, its NOT a home console. Its a hybrid, at best.

ABizzel1148d ago

An iPad Pro starts at $599, with hardware performance that is nearly identical to the Switch on paper.

The price difference comes from Switch being a dedicated gaming device foremost, and the iPad being a multimedia device.

*The iPad has a much larger 9.7" screen, with better color display, and over 2x the resolution of the Switch.
*12MP camera w. HDR for photos
*A MUCH better battery (10 hours of streaming, +5 hours of 3D gaming)

That being said it's an iPad and Apple is notorious for overcharging their fans for hardware.

Amongunz148d ago

Youre right. These dummies apparently do not know what average means so its the articles fault and it is deemed "misleading". I thought it was pretty clear at first glance. Then again. Im not ps4 fanboy.

babadivad148d ago (Edited 148d ago )

Shield TV has this same chip as the Switch, except it's running at a faster speed[I.E. not down-clocked like the Switch]. It's currently $199. And you can likely find it for far cheaper than that. The price isn't the point of the article. It said the Switch is x10 faster than the iPad. And that's patently untrue.

The Switch is slower than the most recent iPads in every way[CPU, GPU, and RAM]. Not only that, you would likely have to go back to first and second generation iPads before you would start to approach the claimed x10 faster mark in this article. And even still, I don't think it could get there.