Xbox Series X – Power, Speed and Compatibility

A few months ago, Xbox revealed the name and look of the next generation of Xbox; the Xbox Series X. Today we got to see under the hood so to speak.

Power, Speed and Compatibility is what Xbox are defining the Series X as, and with the following provided specs they aren’t wrong. Packing essentially a high spec’d gaming PC in a custom case with a skinned version of Windows 10, the divide between console and PC is getting smaller and smaller.

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

Another great feature that will be coming with the Series X is its Quick Resume Technology. Basically if you switch between games it will remember where you were and when you return to the game you can carry on where you left off, even after having your console unplugged or doing an update. See below.

With all that power, one would think that it would generate a substantial amount of heat too. Well it looks as though Xbox have done quite a bit of work in this area, which could explain the upright tower design of the Series X. With three airflow channels, a split motherboard design, vapour chamber, a whisper quiet fan (140mm?) and a chassis that doubles as a heatsink – It seems this system is well thought out.

The other main stand out feature for me is the custom designed 1TB NVME SSD, made in partnership with Seagate. This custom SSD promises to load games and content quicker than ever before, and if 1TB isn’t enough? Well that’s what that port on the back that no one knew about previously is for!

The Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card provides additional game storage at peak speed and performance by replicating the console’s internal custom SSD experience. The 1TB card is inserted directly into the back of the console via the dedicated storage expansion port.

There are so many more details and content we could delve into, but who can put it better than Xbox themselves? So check out the following links for more info!

Xbox Series X pricing and launch dates are yet to be announced.

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