After all the rumours, the leaks, the teasing is over and the specs of the Xbox Series X are here.
The Xbox Series X is a pretty powerful machine, and seeing the details on that 12 Teraflops, rather than it as a marketing point without further information gives a much better picture of what to expect.
“12 TFLOPs was our goal from the very beginning. We wanted a minimum doubling of performance over Xbox One X to support our 4K60 and 120 targets. And we wanted that doubling to apply uniformly to all games. To achieve this, we set a target of 2x the raw TFLOPs of performance knowing that architectural improvements would make the typical effective performance much higher than 2x. We set our goal as a doubling of raw TFLOPs of performance before architectural improvements were even considered – for a few reasons. Principally, it defined an audacious target for power consumption and so defined our whole system architecture.”Andrew Goosen to Eurogamer
The GPU has 12 teraflops of compute performance via 3,328 shaders allocated to 52 compute units running at a locked 1825MHz. The CPU it eight CPU cores and 16 threads,, with two threads reserved for running the OS and the front-end of the console. With hyper-threading disabled, the cores run at a peak of 3.8GHz, or with hyper-threading active, they can run at 3.6GHz. Microsoft has emphases that frequencies are locked and won’t adjust due to load or thermal conditions.
|Xbox Series X||Xbox One X||Xbox One S|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)||8x Custom Jaguar Cores at 2.13GHz||8x Custom Jaguar Cores at 1.75GHz|
|GPU||12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2||6 TFLOPs, 40 CUs at 1.172GHz, Custom GCN + Polaris Features||1.4 TFLOPS, 12 CUs at 914MHz, Custom GCN GPU|
|Process||TSMC 7nm Enhanced||TSMC 16nmFF+||TSMC 16nmFF|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||12GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3, 32MB ESRAM|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s||326GB/s||68GB/s, ESRAM at 219GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1TB Custom NVMe SSD||1TB HDD||1TB HDD|
|IO Throughput||2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed||120MB/s||120MB/s|
|Expandable Storage||1TB Expansion Card||–||–|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 HDD Support||USB 3.2 HDD Support||USB 3.2 HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
|Performance Target||4K at 60fps – up to 120fps||4K at 30fps – up to 60fps||1080p at 30fps up to 60fps|
The console has switched over to SSD for storage, using PCI Express 4.0 to connect the internal SSD and the optional external SSD directly to the processor. That port on the back that was “for diagnostic purposes”? That is for an optional external SSD that looks a lot like a blocky memory card.
Besides for some mean specs, the Xbox controller has changed slightly. It is slightly smaller and has a new d-pad, which looks a bit like the Elite Controller’s disc.
More specs and hands-on information can be checked out over here.