NVIDIA Shield teardown reveals you can't 'use the Shield as a shield'

The folks over at iFixt have finished breaking down the Shield's defenses, and took a good look around the inside. While the device didn't score as well as some other gaming systems, the Shield got points for modularity of design, with a button board that can be separately replaced if it suffers trauma from angry gaming sessions. The screen is replaceable, but iFixit warns a repair of this type would be extremely difficult.

The following chips were found lurking within —

  • Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad Core mobile processor
  • Samsung KLMAG2GE2A eMMC
  • AzureWave AW-AH691 wireless module
  • SK Hynix H5TC4G63AFR 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (4 ICs for 2 GB total RAM)
  • InvenSense MPU-6050 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer
  • Realtek AL5639 audio microcontroller for mad beats

Also found hiding in a few nooks and crannies were three Sanyo batteries, responsible for the Shield's performance in the battery life department. They were three-cell, 3.7 V, 7350 mAh that were found to be only moderately difficult to replace.

The take away message? "Don't use the Shield as a shield, or go throwing it around a concrete-floored room." Good advice indeed.

Source: iFixit

Casey Rendon