Eurogamer talked about the official specs of the Xbox Project Scorpio and it is interesting to see that the console uses vapor chamber cooling similar to high-end PC GPUs like the GTX 1080.
Microsoft has done what the company promised and the confirmed specifications of Xbox Project Scorpio are as follows:
- Custom eight-core evolved AMD Jaguar CPU clocked at 2.3Ghz
- GPU with 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz
- 12GB GDDR5 memory
- 320GB/s of memory bandwidth
- 6 TFLOPs of compute power
We thought that the Xbox Project Scorpio would be using a Ryzen CPU but that is not the case here and we are still getting the previously seen CPU architecture that has been found on the Xbox One but this time the clock speeds are much higher.
According to Microsoft’s general manager of Xbox console architecture, Nick Baker:
“So, eight cores, organized as two clusters with a total of 4MB of L2 cache. These are unique customized CPUs for Scorpio running at 2.3GHz”
According to Digital Foundry every single Scorpio unit is optimized and balanced according to the required voltage. This would make sense as every piece of silicon can be different from the other.
According to Microsoft’s general manager of Xbox hardware design, Leo Del Castillo:
We basically fine tune the voltages for each of the chips and optimize them so the chips are getting exactly what they need to get the job done. That drives a much higher degree of efficiency into the system and allows us to get rid of a lot of wasted power that would otherwise come out as heat.”
The GPU of the console produces a lot of heat and this needs to be dissipated efficiently. This is why Microsoft has gone with the vapor chamber cooling system that we have seen on modern day, high-end GPUs.
The console also features a centrifugal fan instead of standard fans, the special fans removed condensed heat from the system.
All this is well and good but I was disappointed that there was no first look a the console and that there was no mention of price for Xbox Project Scorpio. I am sure there are others that feel the same way as well.
Let us know what you think about Xbox Project Scorpio and whether or not you are interesting in getting this console when it comes out.