Report: Hardware Details of Next-Generation Xbox Leak
January 22, 2013 9:01 AM
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Processor specifications on next-generation Xbox
Rumors about the next-generation Xbox have been circulating for years. The next-generation Xbox, or Xbox 720 as some call it, is expected to launch later this year. There are some indications that Microsoft might unveil the next-generation Xbox ahead of E3 2013. Other rumors have put the price of the next-generation Xbox at around $400.
While most details of the next-generation console remain to be seen, leaked specs have surfaced this week that give some hardware specifications for the processor that will be the brains of the next-generation Xbox. The processor has x64 architecture and eight cores running at 1.6 GHz. Each of those CPU threads has its own 32 kB L1 instruction cache and 32 kB L1 data cache. Each module of the four CPU cores has its own 2 MB L2 cache giving the processor a total of 4 MB of L2 cache.
reports that each core has one fully independent hardware thread and doesn't share execution resources. Each hardware thread is also reportedly able to issue two instructions per clock cycle. The next-generation Xbox GPU is reportedly a custom D3D 11.1 class unit running at 800 MHz with 12 shader cores and 768 total threads.
Each of those threads is reportedly able to perform one scaler multiplication and additional operation per clock. A natural user interface sensor is also always present. That processor is reportedly paired with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM.
The machine is also paired with a 6x Blu-ray drive, gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and various hardware accelerators for image, video, and audio codecs. The machine is also tipped include a Kinect multichannel echo cancellation hardware chip and cryptography engines for encrypting and decrypting content.
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1/22/2013 1:25:11 PM
The economics for selling a console equivalent to a godlike PC for a several hundred dollar/device loss in the initial years just aren't present anymore (and AFAIK hurt Sony/MS's bottom lines for a lot longer than expected the last go around). Instead, based on the leaked specs what's being claimed for the XBox720 looks like a core doubled and downclocked version of AMDs current trinity chips. Since that architecture launched in May of last year I suspect by the time the 720 is out it'll be in the same ballpark as then AMD's current chips.
1/22/2013 2:52:27 PM
It doesn't have to be "godlike". In fact all around I'd say its plenty powerful, with the possible exception of the GPU. then again, "rumors" are not specs, so well have to wait and see... Rumors are showing up all over that both consoles will use something in the range of a Radeon HD 6650-6670, which is a mid-low card and will be 2 gens old, if not 3 by the time they come out.
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