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AMD Vega News, Update: Elements Of AMD Vega GPU Spotted In Xbox Project Scorpio's Design

Apr 19, 2017 10:53 AM EDT


There are performance optimizations from the next-gen AMD Vega GPU architecture in Microsoft's new Project Scorpio console. AMD's upcoming next-gen Vega GPU architecture is reportedly making an appearance in Xbox Project Scorpio.

According to the Project Scorpio website, the next version of the Microsoft Xbox is scheduled for release in late 2017, which is just in time for the holidays. Featuring a tremendous 6 Teraflops of graphical processing power, true 4K gaming and compatibility with Xbox One games and accessories, the Project Scorpio is one of Microsoft's most awaited products this year.  We all know about the core specs of Project Scorpio but the details about Scorpio Engine SoC haven't revealed. However, now, we have first glimpses of what the SoC is made up of.

The base hardware designs that went into making the components and the blocks within Project Scorpio Engine SoC are heavily derived from AMD, and if reports are to be believed then the architectures are from AMD Vega. Project Scorpio's Radeon graphics boasts features from AMD's latest Polaris architecture. What's more attractive is the fact that some performance optimizations from AMD Vega architecture are also the part of Project Scorpio Engine design, as reported by Tweak Town.

However, some of the other features that PS4 Pro will boast, like double-rate FP16 processing, are not part of Scorpio Engine. According to Andrew Goossen, Technical Fellow, Graphics told Euro Gamer that performance optimizations from the next-gen AMD Vega GPU architecture made it into the Scorpio Engine's design. "It's a completely unique design... you wouldn't be able to buy this anywhere else and really, we created this is in conjunction with AMD and it is a nice unique part for Scorpio," Andrew said.

Xbox Project Scorpio is definitely going to be a big one for Microsoft and with AMD Vega GPU's architecture, it will be best. Project Scorpio's first-of-its-kind Vapor Chamber uses advanced liquid cooling to ensure console's Engine stays cool. The cooling system is aided by a supercharger-style Centrifugal Fan that rapidly pulls in and compresses air to deliver maximum cooling. And to maximize performance and minimize power consumption, Xbox Project Scorpio uses the Hovis Method - a cutting-edge digital power delivery system that tunes each console's voltage.

In short, Project Scorpio will have a true 4K Gaming, 6 Teraflop CPU, 2.3GHz Custom CPU, 1TB HDD Storage, 12GB GDDR5 Memory, 326 GB/s Memory Bandwidth and 4K UHD Blue-ray/DVD. AMD Vega is still going to be released and the rumor about the upcoming powerful GPU from AMD is running rampant on the internet.

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