Xbox Series X specs revealed

by March 17, 2020 0 comments

Microsoft has been hyping up their upcoming next gen console. And with the revelation of the Xbox Series X specs, the hype is getting even higher. Microsoft revealed it’s hardware specifications in a blog post and the Series X looks really powerful. I would even go as far as to say that it is almost a mid to high end gaming pc. Here are the specs: 

CPU  8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU 
GPU  12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU 
Die Size  360.45 mm2 
Process  7nm Enhanced 
Memory  16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus 
Memory Bandwidth  10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s 
Internal Storage  1 TB Custom NVME SSD 
I/O Throughput  2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block) 
Expandable Storage  1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly) 
External Storage  USB 3.2 External HDD Support 
Optical Drive  4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive 
Performance Target  4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS 

 

Let’s break it down: 

The CPU and the GPU, both will come from AMD. The CPU will be an 8 core CPU clocked at 3.8 GHz, which is more than my Ryzen 5 PC, which has a base clock of 3.6 GHz and 6 cores. Now, to specs mention 3.6 GHz w/ SMT. SMT stands for Simultaneous Multi Threading, which means that the CPU will have 16 threads. If a developer decides to leverage multiple threads, the CPU will run at 3.6 GHz. The CPU will be based on Ryzen’s previous gen architecture, the Zen 2. But that doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. 

Where Xbox Series X will be using previous gen Zen 2 CPU, they will be using yet to release next gen GPU by AMD based on RDNA-2 architecture. It is a custom GPU and will have 12 TFLOPS of graphics power and 52 Compute units with 8GB of DDR6 VRAM and will be clocked at a mighty 1.825 GHz. This GPU is faster and better than the current RX 5700XT, at least on paper. The GPU will also support hardware ray tracing as well. 

Coming to storage, Xbox Series X will have a 1 TB NVME SSD, so you can expect lightning fast load times and boot up speeds. It will also have an expansion slot which will support upto extra 1 TB. They say that it will have the same internal storage speeds, so those will be expensive as well. 

Microsoft is targeting performance at 4k 60 FPS, a feat that only high end PCs can achieve today. 

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