This happens every console cycle. A new games console is announced, the hardware looks incredible. Then before it releases, before day 1, the hardware is already antiquated. It’s just another reason PCs are and will always be the best gaming hardware.
Microsoft has (generally) attempted to keep their Xbox more like a computer than a traditional console. This time around, the software giant is focusing on performance through high-speed components, much more than any console has before. In a new article published by the company, as well as a deep dive by DigitalFoundry, we now have excellent insight into the Xbox Series X hardware.
And it’s shaping up impressively.
First is the high-performance custom AMD graphics card. With 52 CUs, a 1.825GHz clock speed, and 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, this GPU is rated for 12 TFLOPS. The closest videocard AMD offers is the Radeon VII, which retails for $600. The Radeon VII is more powerful, but with RDNA2 support and a 7nm process, along with the other similarities, we’re pretty sure the Series X uses a variant of the card.
Then there’s the 3.8GHz pair of quad-core CPUs, which appears to be a variant of the AMD Ryzen 3600/X. The full specs are impressive:
Using today’s standard high-speed SSDs and processors, the jump in performance is huge. Microsoft says it expects double the performance over the Xbox One X (which was already considered 1.5X as powerful as the Xbox One).
These components today in a typical PC would run for around $1,000, especially considering the custom components and case. Even though NVIDIA has claimed that its mobile GPUs will outperform the next-gen consoles, this report contests that.
Check out DigitalFoundry’s full video for all of the Xbox Series X hardware details: