Xbox Series X Graphics: What you need to know

The Xbox Series X is currently the most powerful console available today and this is no exaggeration. Since it launched, the Xbox Series X has piqued the curiosity of gamers because of its advanced graphical capabilities. In particular, gamers want to know more about what graphics card the Xbox Series X is using, its specifications, and how it has translated to real-world gaming performance.

As a result, in this article, we’ll go into great detail about the Xbox Series X graphics specifications and what they mean in terms of performance when it comes to how smooth and aesthetically pleasing games play on this console play.

What Graphics Card is Used in the Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X uses another heavily-customized AMD graphics card once again, but only this time, it’s based on the RDNA 2 architecture, otherwise also known as the “Big Navi”.

The graphics card of the Xbox Series X contains 12 TFLOPS of computing power on top of 52 compute units and will be clocked at 1.825 GHz. It also supports native 4K resolution gaming at 120 FPS though frame rates will vary for some games.

What Does a Higher Teraflop Count Mean for Xbox Graphics?

A teraflop is a direct mathematical measurement of a computer’s performance. It is one of the determining factors that largely helps to evaluate how powerful a graphics card is.

Basically, between two graphics cards, the one with the higher teraflops is usually faster, especially if both are based on the same architecture and have similar specifications in other aspects.

As a result of its high teraflops of 12, the Xbox Series X is the most powerful console on the market. This translates to better graphics and more visually appealing games that run smoother.

What are the Xbox Series X GPU Specs?

  • GPU Architecture: Custom AMD RDNA 2
  • Teraflops: 12.1
  • Compute Units: 52
  • GPU Clock: 1.825GHz

You can learn more about the full graphical specifications of the Xbox Series X here.

Xbox Series X Graphics Performance

When the Xbox One X hit the market, it was considered the most powerful console ever released. The Xbox Series X is even more powerful and provides quite an upgrade in graphical performance.

Since the Xbox Series X has much-improved hardware, in-game graphics have never looked more fantastic on a console. As mentioned above, this is because of the 12 TFLOPS of and 52 compute units of the next-gen console contains which leads to considerably more computing power. And results in higher fidelity and more aesthetically pleasing graphics. In fact, the Xbox Series X can now support games up to 120 FPS at 4K though this depends on the specific gaming title.

Moreover, Microsoft has confirmed that the FidelityFX Super Resolution technology of AMD is coming to both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which could enable developers to boost the framerates and resolution of games even further. 

In addition, Epic’s showcase of the Unreal Engine 5 proves just how much better graphics will be on the next-generation console.

Also keep in mind, the Xbox Series X sports beefier hardware compared to the PlayStation 5. In terms of TFLOPs alone, the Xbox Series X has a significant advantage. It has, as mentioned earlier, 12 teraflops. Meanwhile, the PS5 only has 10.28 teraflops of power.

Of course, it’s still up to gaming studios and developers to find a way to utilize this added power. Microsoft also has to do some convincing to incentivize developers to make games look “better” on their next-generation consoles.

But, in general, there are significant improvements in graphical performance from the Xbox Series X including visuals, resolution, and FPS.

What is the Xbox Series X GPU equivalent?

The equivalent Xbox Series X GPU is the Radeon RX 6700 XT from AMD and the Geforce RTX 3060 from Nivida based mainly on teraflops and gaming at the same resolutions, frame rates, and graphical settings.

The RX 6700 XT has 12.4 TFLOPs, which is nearly just as much as the Xbox Series X at 12 TFLOPs. Both the RX 6700 XT and the Xbox Series X graphics card are also based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture with the Xbox Series X having more Compute Units (52 CUs compared to 40 CUs). The RTX 3060 also has 13 TFLOPs, which is slightly higher than the 12 TFLOPs of the Xbox Series X.

With that said, if we are to disregard the architectural design differences between the Xbox Series X console and PCs, these two cards are the closest in terms of graphical power.

But the significantly greater cost of one of those PC GPUs is more than the entire console itself. Which bodes well for the Xbox Series X and its graphical performance in terms of value.

Xbox Series X vs PS5 Graphics

Because the AMD Navi GPU powering the Xbox Series X is configured to be more powerful than that of the PlayStation 5, Microsoft’s next-generation console provides slightly better graphical performance.

This is largely because the Xbox Series X contains 12 TFLOPs while on the other hand the PS5 only contains 10.3 TFLOPs.

However, it is important to keep in mind that the graphics cards of both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are based on the same architecture. This means that the improvements, though big on paper, are not as drastic as in real-life graphical performance for the Xbox Series X when compared to the PS5.

Conclusion

The Xbox Series X brings with it more powerful hardware which, of course, also means better graphics. Games look better, run at higher resolutions, and frame rates on the Xbox Series X compared to other consoles. Simply put, the Xbox Series X currently has the best graphics of any console.

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