Microsoft touts its $500 Xbox One X as the “world’s most powerful console ever.” In terms of graphics, the company claims the Xbox One X GPU is 40% faster than any other console available on the market. In fact, recent game analyses show it offers up to 100% resolution boost over Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. While it may not be as power as the high-end PCs, it certainly competes against the mid-range ones.
According to Anton Yudintsev, CEO at Gaijin Entertainment, the Xbox One X GPU is actually more powerful than you might think it to be. He says the Scorpio graphics processor is on par with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 in terms of the compute power. It can even rival the company’s top-end Titan X series when we take into consideration the GPU memory and bandwidth.
“First of all, console developers do have better access to hardware, due to a very thin API layer, and can make better and faster code targeting exact hardware (for a particular console),” Yudintsev said in an interview with GamingBolt.
“Obviously it would be more correct to compare it to one of AMD’s GPU’s (since Xbox One X is actually AMD GPU), but NVIDIA currently dominates the PC market. So, I would say Xbox One X’s GPU computing power is about GTX 1080, however, the amount of video RAM and it’s bandwidth, which is very important for current games (as a lot of them are actually limited by memory ‘speed’) makes it somewhat close to Titan X series.”
While a direct comparison between PC and Xbox One X is not possible, it is clear that the latter indeed packs a lot of graphics power. Built on the 16nm process, the Xbox One X GPU has a die area of 359 mm², containing 7,000 million transistors therein. It features 40 compute units, for a total of 2560 shader processors, 160 texture mapping units and 32 ROPs.
The GPU is operates at a frequency of 1172MHz that is capable of 6 TFLOPs of compute power. Further, the Xbox One X rocks 12GB of GDDR5 RAM coupled with a memory bandwidth of 326GB/s. Now to achieve that kind of memory on a PC graphics card, you’ll have to step up to a GeForce Titan Xp, however, there is no chance the Scorpio’s graphics power is going to be anywhere near Xp’s.
You can consider an AMD RX 580 or GeForce GTX 1060 to be the Xbox One X GPU equivalent, but those wouldn’t be enough to do 4K gaming that Microsoft’s latest console is poised to do—all thanks to the its generous RAM capacity and high bandwidth.
It’s also worth remembering that a console has both software and hardware tightly integrated and optimized. For instance, games have to get through an extraneous OS bloat on PCs compared to consoles. These facts combined make the Xbox One X GPU equivalent to a GTX 1080, Yudintsev believes.