Xbox 720 Sports 8 Core CPU

  • Blu-Ray
  • DirectX 11.1-capable GPU
  • 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

A new leak has revealed some pretty interesting specs on the upcoming Xbox 720. The new Xbox will offer an 8 core CPU running at 1.6GHz, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor with 12 shader cores, Blu-ray disc drive and gigabit Ethernet.

  • Blu-Ray
  • DirectX 11.1-capable GPU
  • 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

A new leak has revealed some pretty interesting specs on the upcoming Xbox 720. The new Xbox will offer an 8 core CPU running at 1.6GHz, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor with 12 shader cores, Blu-ray disc drive and gigabit Ethernet.

The specs have been leaked through a host of info code-named Durango.

I also said that each "CPU thread has its own 32KB L1 instruction cache and 32KB L1 data cache", while both modules "of four CPU cores has a 2MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4MB of L2 cache."

On top of that, "each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources" and "each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock". The GPU will support DirectX 11.1, run at a core of 800mhz and feature 12 shader cores which provide "a total of 768 threads." The document reports that at peak performance "the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second."

Another point mentioned is that a SATA 2.0 "hard drive is always present", suggesting that Microsoft's next machine won't allow for optional hard drives in the way the Xbox 360 did.

Rounding off the rumoured specifications is support for HDMI 1.4a, 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 alongside a bevy of codecs, multi-channel echo cancellation for Kinect and "cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing".

Moreover, there has been a fair amount of speculation about the Xbox 720's release date, with most people eyeing an E3 2013 reveal but some suggesting that Microsoft will opt for a big launch event around GDC in March.

However, it seems more likely that the new console will be on sale in time for Christmas 2013.

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