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Microsoft spills the beans on Scorpio

by on07 April 2017

Where's the mango?

Software king of the world Microsoft unveiled last year that it will be launching a super-specced Xbox One variant -- codenamed Project Scorpio and now Vole has split the beans on what they will look like.

Earlier this week Vole let a few gaming titles into the Vole hill after signing an NDA not to publish anything until today.  Now it seems they all have and given us a few details about what Scorpio will mean.

Firstly Project Scorpio has 12GB of DDR5 RAM, clocked at 6.8GHz with 326 GB/s bandwidth. It will have eight CPU cores. It's a custom AMD design sporting 2.3GHz, with a 4MB L2 cache.

Project Scorpio will feature an internal PSU (245W) and a compact design, leveraging the advanced cooling techniques pioneered by Vole's leading industrial design team.

The GPU reaches  six-teraflops with 1.172 GHz, 40 compute units, using AMD's Polaris architecture. Scorpio will keep the Xbox One S 4K UHD Blu-ray drive.

It ships with an HDMI-in and out, 3x USB 3.0, a SPDIF digital audio port, an IR receiver/blaster, and will support Kinect with a USB adapter.

The hacks saw Scorpio run a Forza Motorsport demo running at native 4K and Xbox One equivalent settings. It hit 60 frames per second with a substantial performance overhead. This appears to mean that Scorpio will hit its native 4K target across a range of content, with power to spare to spend on other visual improvements.

While 4K is the target, Microsoft is paying attention to 1080p users, promising that all modes will be available to them.

Last modified on 07 April 2017
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