As we get closer and closer to E3, rumors are flying fast about the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Today we have another rumor for the Xbox 720 (codenamed ‘Durango’), with the website VGleaks claiming to have the full specifications for Microsoft’s new console. If they’re true as the site claims, then it’s going to be quite a powerful machine.
Highlights of the Durango include an AMD-powered processor with 8 cores running at 1.6 gigahertz each and 8 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM. The exact graphics card in the machine is still unknown, but it will apparently run at 800 megahertz, has 12 shader cores and 768 threads, and can compute 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second. The Durango will also have a built in hard drive, meaning that Microsoft will be committed to having plenty of storage on every console moving forward.
The leak also mentions something called a “High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor,” which could mean that Durango has a built in Kinect sensor of some kind. A built-in port for the Kinect is also included, possibly to maintain backwards compatibility with older hardware. Also worth noting is the inclusion of a 50GB 6x Blu-ray disc drive, indicating that Microsoft will finally jump on-board with the format that Sony helped to create.
While all these specs are interesting, we can’t confirm any of it until we get official word from Microsoft itself. For now just take these with a grain of salt and wait patiently until something is revealed. Word on the street says that it could happen as soon as March. The full leaked spec list can be found below.
- 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
- 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
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct
- Move engines
- Image, video, and audio codecs
- Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware
- Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing