Xbox Series X CPU Specs: What You Need to Know

If you thought that the Xbox One X was powerful, you should wait until you get your hands on the Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X is set to become the most powerful console ever released. It will have much better specifications compared to its closest competition. But, just how much better, exactly? Read on more below to find out more about the Xbox Series X processor, and more.

What CPU is Used in the Xbox Series X

Eager to unveil their next-gen console to the rest of the world, Microsoft went ahead and announced the hardware specifications of the Xbox Series X back in February 2020, some weeks ahead of Sony.

Naturally, the Xbox Series X sported some serious hardware. One of the most notable ones, however, was its AMD Zen 2 processor. Or, to be more specific, a custom-designed processor based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture.

AMD’s Zen architecture is considered the best and most versatile consumer-grade CPU architecture today. Its follow-up, Zen 2, is expected to be even better. This is an enticing proposition. After all, AMD’s current line of Zen processors is highly praised for its efficiency in both gaming and productivity tasks.

Xbox Series X CPU Specs

  • Architecture: AMD Zen 2
  • Number of Cores: 8
  • Frequency: 3.8GHz (variable)

What’s the Xbox Series X CPU Performance Like?

The Xbox Series X will reportedly be capable of delivering processing performance that’s at least 4 times better than the Xbox One X.

At the time of its release, the Xbox One X was heavily touted as the most powerful console on the market. Although technically true, the problem is that, despite being sold as a “better” version of the original Xbox One, the Xbox One X was essentially just featured boosted hardware components.

What we’re saying was that, under the hood, both the Xbox One and the Xbox One X was relatively the same.

This includes the processor, as both had 8-core Jaguar CPU cores based on architecture released in 2013. This meant that, at the time, the processor of the Xbox One X was already four years old, which is near-obsolete in technology age.

Because of this, the Xbox One X processor could only offer the same performance as that of an eighth-generation Intel Core i3 processor.

The Xbox Series X, however, is set to be different. The main reason is that it’s based on CPU architecture that’s not even released yet. Even better, the Zen 2 architecture will improve on the original Zen architecture in terms of efficiency, as well as performance.

With the heavily customized eight-core Zen 2 processor capable of running up to 3.8GHz, the Xbox Series X processor performance should not be a cause for concern.

What’s the PC Equivalent to the Xbox Series X CPU?

Because the Xbox Series X will use a customized processor, there’s no direct PC equivalent.

If we are to speculate based on the given specifications alone, the closest that comes to it is the Ryzen 7 3700X by AMD.

A $300 CPU, the Ryzen 7 3700X has 8 cores and 16 threads. It’s also clocked at 3.6GHz up to 4.4GHz. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Ryzen 7 3700X is based on the Zen architecture, an older version of the Zen 2 architecture that will be used for the Xbox Series X processor.

What this means is that the Xbox Series X should perform just as well if not better than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

Final Thoughts

Microsoft’s thrown everything but the kitchen sink this time around. The only question is, will the better Xbox Series X processor translate to better sales for the next-gen console?

Microsoft kept the console race competitive with the Xbox 360 before losing by a longshot with the Xbox One. The Xbox Series X needs to do better than both if Microsoft is to prevent Sony from taking a huge chunk of the console gaming market once again.

While we don’t know if the Xbox Series X will succeed in outselling the PlayStation 5 or not, what we do know is that it wouldn’t be for the lack of hardware, as the Xbox Series X processor and graphics card is the most powerful in any console in history.

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