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Rumored Next-Generation Xbox Specs Float About

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Said to be powered by 8-core 1.6GHz processor and 8 GB of RAM.

Rumored technical specifications of Microsoft's unannounced successor to the Xbox 360, the Xbox 720, or Infinity, (or whatever it will be called) has been leaked.

According to the leak, the Xbox 720 will sport an 8-core 1.6GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor and a 50 GB 6x Blu-ray disc drive.

During the opening stages of January, Microsoft teased a major reveal for its 2013 E3 press conference, which is widely believed to be the Xbox 720. The console itself is expected to be priced between $350 to $400.

The list of purported Xbox 720 specifications are as follows. Keep in mind that these are just from rumors, and we won't know until the very day it is announced. But until then, it'll be fun to compare them against your favorite gaming PC configuration.

CPU:

  • x64 Architecture
  • 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz)
  • each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache
  • each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache
  • each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources
  • each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock

GPU:

  • custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor
  • 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads
  • each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle
  • at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second

High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present

Storage and memory:

  • 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)
  • 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s)
  • from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec.
  • Hard drive is always present
  • 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive

Networking:

  • Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi Direct

Hardware accelerators:

  • Move engines
  • Image, video, and audio codecs
  • Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware
  • Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing
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    ttcboy , January 23, 2013 1:23 AM
    If the specs are similar or better, games that port from console to pc won't be as bad as it used to be.
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    A Bad Day , January 23, 2013 1:31 AM
    ttcboyIf the specs are similar or better, games that port from console to pc won't be as bad as it used to be.


    And maybe Intel would start to move the hexa-core processors into the standard i7s (instead of keeping them at the very high-end i7 range), and move the octo-core processors into the very high-end i7 range.

    Plus, AMD should be happy. Finally their Piledriver and the future Steamroller has some chance given their strengths in heavily threaded tasks.
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 23, 2013 1:31 AM
    8 Cores? I sense multithreaded games.... maybe.
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    acktionhank , January 23, 2013 1:18 AM
    Sounds a lot better than the other rumours that have been spreading around lately.
  • 25 Hide
    ttcboy , January 23, 2013 1:23 AM
    If the specs are similar or better, games that port from console to pc won't be as bad as it used to be.
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    esrever , January 23, 2013 1:29 AM
    2x 4 core modules.
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 23, 2013 1:31 AM
    8 Cores? I sense multithreaded games.... maybe.
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    A Bad Day , January 23, 2013 1:31 AM
    ttcboyIf the specs are similar or better, games that port from console to pc won't be as bad as it used to be.


    And maybe Intel would start to move the hexa-core processors into the standard i7s (instead of keeping them at the very high-end i7 range), and move the octo-core processors into the very high-end i7 range.

    Plus, AMD should be happy. Finally their Piledriver and the future Steamroller has some chance given their strengths in heavily threaded tasks.
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    InvalidError , January 23, 2013 1:35 AM
    Twice as many cores per module compared to AMD's previous designs, sounds a little odd... and only 1.6GHz too if the rumor/leak turns out to be accurate.

    If that is true, game developers will have to step up their multi-threaded programming by several notches.
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    Anonymous , January 23, 2013 1:47 AM
    Oh and good hustle on adding the blu ray drive their Microsoft....
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    dimar , January 23, 2013 1:51 AM
    why not use BDXL for future 4k/8k cinematics/movies compatibility and much more expanded storage?
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    guardianangel42 , January 23, 2013 1:59 AM
    bluestar2k11How would 1.6Ghz at 8 cores be great? Doesn't HT put more stress per core then a single threaded core? How would such a low clock speed be beneficial for HT? It sounds to me like it would choke and crash.


    There is no hyper threading; it's 8 physical cores.
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    nieur , January 23, 2013 2:00 AM
    They should include blu-ray playback
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    bluestar2k11 , January 23, 2013 2:03 AM
    guardianangel42There is no hyper threading; it's 8 physical cores.


    Look at point 4 and 6 under the CPU segment, that screams HT hun.
    4 CPU cores, 2 execution threads per core, that means 8 effective cores doesn't it? Doesn't HT desktop CPU's list 8 cores if it's a quad core chip?
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    whyso , January 23, 2013 2:07 AM
    8 cores seems weird, nightmare to have to code for 8 cores at 1.6 ghz instead of 4 cores at 3.2 ghz. Not to mention you would get better performance from 4 higher clocked cores because of scaling issues.

    Yes things can be optimized to take advantage of 8 cores but that takes time and money and development costs for AAA games are already really high.
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    aaron88_7 , January 23, 2013 2:11 AM
    I wonder if it'll include the Metro interface....lol
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    jathor , January 23, 2013 2:12 AM
    downclocked 7770? doesnt seem quite brawny to me...unless it has nothing to do with the current lineup of amd gpu's
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    drwho1 , January 23, 2013 2:22 AM
    50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive

    that is odd...
    I thought that any BD player can read single layer 25GB and dual layer 50GB disks.
    so the BD player itself is NOT 50GB.

    am I wrong?
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    azathoth , January 23, 2013 2:29 AM
    "8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)"
    About damn time I would have to say.

    Previous was 512MB, at ~24GB/s.

    Quite the improvement! This should VASTLY reduce loading times, and increase draw distance by several factors!
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    A Bad Day , January 23, 2013 2:34 AM
    Azathoth"8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s)"About damn time I would have to say.Previous was 512MB, at ~24GB/s.Quite the improvement! This should VASTLY reduce loading times, and increase draw distance by several factors!


    What about the hard drive?
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    calmstateofmind , January 23, 2013 2:36 AM
    I'm guessing the 8 cores will be used mostly for the kinect, or whatever the equivalent will be down the road. Not sure what else they'd be used for though... definitely not gaming.
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