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Rumor: Xbox 720 to Have 'Ridiculously Powerful' 16-Core CPU

By - Source: Xbox World via CVG | B 199 comments

Hot damn!

Microsoft has been pretty adamant that it won't be bringing the Xbox 720 to E3 2012 but the gossip and rumors about the console rage on regardless. Today's outlandish rumor comes courtesy of Xbox World, which is reporting that the new Xbox will have a 16-core CPU.

The report says that Durango developer kits were sent out last month and while they don't resemble the finished product as far as appearance is concerned, the guts of these kits is representative of the console that is expected next year. We had already heard that the new Xbox 720, codenamed Durango, would pack something along the lines of AMD's Radeon 7000-series in terms of graphics, and XBW is reporting the same, along with a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU.

"It's a ridiculous amount of power for a games machine - too much power, even," the reports states. "But remember, Kinect 2 could chew up four whole cores tracking multiple players right down to their fingertips, so it'll need a lot of power."

As usual, Microsoft hasn't commented on the rumors, preferring instead to stay quiet and let these reports stew away. Still, on the off chance they do comment, we'll be sure to keep you posted.

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    SinisterSalad , April 12, 2012 1:07 PM
    A little late for April Fools, isn't it?
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    Murissokah , April 12, 2012 2:25 PM
    captaincharismaalso as a bonus it will red ring twice as fast


    XBOX's engineering team have solved the RROD problem. They claim the new console's engineering samples had 0% RROD failures once they removed the red leds.
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    Memnarchon , April 12, 2012 1:47 PM
    This is not accurate. The new XBOX 720 will have 16 threads not cores. It will have 4 cores with quad-threading. Source
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  • 40 Hide
    SinisterSalad , April 12, 2012 1:07 PM
    A little late for April Fools, isn't it?
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    kawininjazx , April 12, 2012 1:09 PM
    I doubt it will be 16 cores, unless it's 16 low clock speed low powered cores. These consoles need to launch for $399 or less in my opinion, so I don't see how you can put a $300 processor in them.
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    Shin-san , April 12, 2012 1:11 PM
    I wonder if the end product will have 16 cores. They need to be able to get it under 75W. Also, this is a dev kit, so it may have higher specs or extra cores to handle debugging
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    bjaminnyc , April 12, 2012 1:15 PM
    kawininjazxI doubt it will be 16 cores, unless it's 16 low clock speed low powered cores. These consoles need to launch for $399 or less in my opinion, so I don't see how you can put a $300 processor in them.


    I imagine when you buy blocks of 500,000 units the price goes down substantially, if they actually buy them from IBM rather than just buying licencing rights to the chip design. I would think the volume of chips MS would require for the Xbox would double the annual output of what IBM makes for their servers.
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    waxdart , April 12, 2012 1:19 PM
    @kawininjazx - They don't make money on the console they make a big loss. Over time they'll get costs down and then make a small profit on each one if they are lucky. The real money comes from the game software and accessory profits. But with this next generation of hardware, there will be a huge amount of online services to really rake in the cash. Sure they don't want to make too much of a loss; but if they are planning this for 10 years, a $300 processor gives it the life span to go the distance.
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    molo9000 , April 12, 2012 1:20 PM
    The PS3 technically had 8 cores, so 16 cores isn't that outlandish.
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    stingstang , April 12, 2012 1:22 PM
    Just reading this article for a good lol.
    Mission accomplished.
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    leo2kp , April 12, 2012 1:29 PM
    Anyone else immediately think about playing Skyrim on this?
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    neuromancer2701 , April 12, 2012 1:31 PM
    molo9000 just about to say that. Current x86 processors have 8 as well. Why these consoles use PowerPC baffle me especially Microsoft(all of the x86 experience they have but the first xbox for hacked like crazy because of the off the shelve processor).
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    freggo , April 12, 2012 1:34 PM
    "too much power"

    Seriously; you reporters and writers have to stop using this expression when talking about computers.
    There is no such thing as too much power,speed, memory etc. Programmers will find a way to use any amount of processing power given to them !
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    neon neophyte , April 12, 2012 1:35 PM
    hard to picture atm. give it a year and a half and it might seem more feasible. maybe theyre thinking forwards.

    would really be amazing to see the envelope pushed so far. would be a real step up in gaming to see so many cores utilized.

    anyone know of any 16 core ibm power pc processors that fit the bill?
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2012 1:43 PM
    I'm sure 10 of these will be used in an always-online DRM protection.
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    supall , April 12, 2012 1:45 PM
    Wasn't there a rumor last week stating that they'll be utilizing an AMD APU?
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    Memnarchon , April 12, 2012 1:47 PM
    This is not accurate. The new XBOX 720 will have 16 threads not cores. It will have 4 cores with quad-threading. Source
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    EDVINASM , April 12, 2012 1:52 PM
    Hot damn is exactly. Another hair dryer/barbecue XBox?
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    captaincharisma , April 12, 2012 1:52 PM
    also as a bonus it will red ring twice as fast ;) 
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    geekapproved , April 12, 2012 1:53 PM
    I would think a high clocked 6 core would be more than enough, which should be easy since last gen had a tri -core.
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    maxinexus , April 12, 2012 1:53 PM
    Sounds great where can I get one?
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    ragenalien , April 12, 2012 2:03 PM
    Not quiet toms. We're looking four cores and four threads per core according to this.
    http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/6506/surferibm05s021512.jpg
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    Pedrovsky , April 12, 2012 2:05 PM
    That being true is good new for PC Gamers, it basically means there will be 32 core processors available lolol
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