Microsoft Revealed Complete Xbox Series X Hardware Specifications

Microsoft has just revealed the entire specifications sheet for the upcoming Xbox Series X entertainment system. They are hoping with this hardware that the console can go toe-to-toe with a modern gaming desktop. Looking at the specifications it will be interesting to see how if Microsoft can even break even at around $500.

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At the heart of the system you have a semi-custom SoC in which Microsoft partnered with AMD. They are using “Zen 2” x86-64 CPU cores and Microsoft confirmed that the SoC will be built on the 7 nm “enhanced” process. The die size is 360.45 mm². The chip will have 8 “Zen 2” cores with SMT enabling 16 logical processors. The CPU will run at a nominal clock of 3.80 GHz and around 3.66 GHz with SMT enabled. This is a nice upgrade from the current 8-core “Jaguar enhanced” CPU that powered the Xbox One X. Cache sizes were not made available.

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The other part of the SoC is of course the graphics processor. This GPU will be based on AMD’s upcoming RDNA2 graphics architecture, which will feature real-time ray tracing and support for variable-rate shading (VRS). The GPU has 52 compute units (3,328 stream processors provided each CU has 64 stream processors in RDNA2). The GPU has a clock speed of 1825 MHz with a peak compute throughput of 12 TFLOPs. The display engine will support resolutions up to 8K, even though the consoles performance is targeting 4K 60FPS and up to 120FPS.

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The memory interface will be 320-bit GGDR6 holding 16GB of memory. What is interesting about the memory is that 10 GB of it will run at 560 GB/s bandwidth, while 6 GB of it runs at 336 GB/s.

For storage you get a 1 TB NVMe SSD with 2400 MB/s peak sequential transfer rate, and an option for an additional 1 TB NVMe storage through an expansion module. External storage devices are also supported too with 10 Gbps USB 3.2 gen 2. The drive will also have a Blu-ray drive that supports 4K UHD Blu-ray playback.

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