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Rumor: Next Xbox to Sport a 16-Core CPU

Mase
04-12-2012, 10:34 AM
Link (http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/04/12/report-next-xbox-to-sport-a-16-core-cpu)
If you haven't had your fill of Xbox 720 rumors and speculations, new reports of the Durango's internals suggest some heavy hardware for Microsoft's next console.

Via Computer and Video Games, the latest issue of Britain's Xbox World magazine reveals that developers received Durango devkits last month, purportedly packing a 16-core IBM Power PC CPU and a GPU similar to AMD's Radeon HD 7000-series graphics cards.

The alleged devkits do not sport the console's final appearance, although the sources were confident that the hardware within are consistent with what we can expect to see when the Xbox 360's successor is released late next year.

Although the thought of a 16-core powered console makes us salivate in anticipation, this information (as with most rumors) should be taken with a grain of salt. Video game consoles aren't typically equipped with state of the art, up to date hardware and, while we can dream, this news seems a bit far fetched.

I highly doubt this but I must say I do love a good rumor!

awol
04-12-2012, 12:53 PM
Link (http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/04/12/report-next-xbox-to-sport-a-16-core-cpu)


I highly doubt this but I must say I do love a good rumor!

So basically, the new Xbox would get a CELL? :lol:

railven
04-12-2012, 02:37 PM
16 core? Not likely, 16 threads? Possibly.

Intel has been working on getting HT incorporated into their Atom chipsets for smart phones. I doubt this will be in the new consoles, but Intel is pushing for more threads versus more cores.

AMD showed us that more cores == more performance isn't true. Intel quad core with HT (4 physical cores, 4 virtual cores == 8 threads) can hang with AMD's 8 physical core Bulldozer and even beating it some tests.

Mase
04-12-2012, 03:12 PM
16 core? Not likely, 16 threads? Possibly.

Intel has been working on getting HT incorporated into their Atom chipsets for smart phones. I doubt this will be in the new consoles, but Intel is pushing for more threads versus more cores.

AMD showed us that more cores == more performance isn't true. Intel quad core with HT (4 physical cores, 4 virtual cores == 8 threads) can hang with AMD's 8 physical core Bulldozer and even beating it some tests.

They stated its an IBM processor though, although I would assume the same thing about the threads vs cores argument.

This sounds like an expensive rumor!

railven
04-12-2012, 03:17 PM
They stated its an IBM processor though, although I would assume the same thing about the threads vs cores argument.

This sounds like an expensive rumor!

I guess it can all boil down to how you word "core." Because I know the Cell was touted as an 8 core processor when functionally it was a 1 core processor with 7 SPEs.

And to add in AMD, AMD apologist are trying to argue Bulldozer is a 4 core, 8 module processor, not a 8 core processor (as AMD themselves advertise it) to soften the blow of 8 cores losing to 4 cores in benches.

Reminds me of ATI vs nVidia where a CUDA Core was used to define nVidia, and a 5VLIW counter was used for ATI, which explained the difference in the "core" numbers (320 vs 980 <- just numbers I used).

Who knows what they mean by "cores" but I'll bet money they want to increase threads. Everyone is realizing what more threads can produce as everything moves towards parallelism.

jkkyler
04-12-2012, 03:44 PM
They will probably need to put an aircraft jet engine fan in it to keep it cool so there will be no need for sound as the thing will run at a mere 110 decibels. :lol: