Xbox Scorpio Not Likely to Feature AMD Zen Core?
AMD recently revealed in its investors presentation August 2016 that their newest Zen architecture is on track and could launch in Q1 2017. The product launch timing is in line with that of Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox Scorpio that is said to debut at next year’s E3 game show. This got a lot of people hyped about Scorpio’s featuring powerful SoC which combines a Polaris GPU and Zen-based CPU.
However, a new report has just hit the web which suggests that Zen-based semi-custom SoCs will not arrive until 2018. In other words, Xbox Scorpio is not going to feature Zen Core, but sport the existing the Jaguar CPU architecture. So as we’ve seen with the PS4 Pro, the Scorpio will use AMD’s latest 14nm graphics chip coupled with the existing CPU core.
We know that PS4 Pro features an AMD RX 470 equivalent GPU that delivers 4.20 TFLOPs which is twice the compute power as the original PS4. In comparison, Xbox Scorpio will deliver 6 TFLOPs of floating point performance which means it’s unlikely that the console would sport a Polaris 10. This is because the Polaris GPU will need a heavy overclock for that to happen which won’t sit well with the thermals.
So chances are we might see the next generation Vega GPU powering the Xbox Scorpio. Back in March, AMD revealed that it would launch its Vega architecture later this year. But those plans have now changed, and according to AMD’s investor presentation, Vega is set to launch for the enthusiast market in 1H 2017. This is the same time Microsoft plans to reveal Scorpio.
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