Ever since the release of the Xbox One X, Microsoft has proudly touted themselves as the makers of the most powerful consoles on the market. Technically, that is actually true.
The Xbox One X, which was released in November 2017 as a means to give Microsoft an answer to Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. At the time, the Xbox One X was considered the most powerful console ever made. With powerful features highlighted by having 6 teraflops of power, 70% more than that of the 4.2 teraflops of its closest competition, the PlayStation 4 Pro.
But, with its next-gen console, Microsoft has decided to literally double this amount, with the RDNA 2 architecture-based GPU of the Xbox Series X being capable of 12 teraflops. This gives the Xbox Series X a significant advantage in terms of performance compared to the PlayStation 5 on paper.
But, the question, what exactly is an Xbox Series X teraflop? What does it mean? Or, better yet, why is it important? then come in to play.
What Are Xbox Series X Teraflops?
Teraflop refers to how many trillions of calculations a second a computer is capable of doing.
1 teraflop is equal to 1 trillion calculations every second.
What this basically means is that the Xbox Series X is good for 12 trillion teraflops.
Of course, teraflops is not the only sole indication of the performance of a graphics card. However, it is one of the biggest factors.
The main reason for this is that having more teraflops means that the graphics card is more capable of handling bigger calculation loads. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that the console with more teraflops will have better graphics, this does mean that it is the more powerful console.
How Many Teraflops Does the Xbox Series X Have?
According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X has 12 teraflops.
At 12 teraflops, the Xbox Series X is the most powerful console on the market. It also puts it right on par with some of the most powerful graphics cards for the PC.
To put that into context, the fastest consumer-grade graphics card is the Nvidia RTX 2080ti.
The RTX 2080ti has 14.2 teraflops. That’s significantly more than what was the Xbox Series X has. But, at the same time, it’s the only consumer-grade graphics card with more teraflops than the Xbox Series X. The closest is the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super with 11.2 teraflops. Meanwhile, AMD’s best graphics card today, the AMD Radeon 5700 XT, only has 9.75 teraflops.
The Xbox Series X also has 52 compute units running at 1.825Ghz.
How Do Xbox Series X Teraflops Affect Performance?
Think of teraflops as horsepower.
Just because an engine has a specific amount of horsepower, doesn’t necessarily mean that a car will run as fast as it should be able to. It can. But, it’s only indicative of the maximum performance of the car, and other factors affect just how fast it can go in real life, like traffic, road conditions, driver, and more.
With teraflops, it’s the same thing.
The Xbox Series X having 12 teraflops doesn’t necessarily mean that games will look twice as good as that from the Xbox One X.
There are still a lot of factors that determine the graphics output of a particular console, including the processor, and the SSD, as well as the engine being used, how optimized it is, and if the developers are trying to push the console to its limits.
Even if that’s true though, having a high teraflop count is still a good thing.
Why? Because it means developers have more power to work with, which is never a bad thing to have.
Is the Number of Xbox Series X Teraflops a Big Deal?
Yes, it is.
Teraflops isn’t everything, but it is big, and therefore, a big deal.
The more teraflops a console has, the more power it has access to, and the more power developers can push, which directly results in better graphics when utilized to its fullest.
But, here’s the thing, it’s still up to the developers on how to use it.
With that said, it looks like Microsoft wants to bank on more than just having the most powerful console on the market. They also want to have the best-looking games as well, which is much easier said than done, as Sony has managed to showcase the capabilities of the PlayStation 5 in a better way compared to what Microsoft has done for the Xbox Series X.
So far, we only have the latest Xbox Series X Gameplay Showcase, as well as other independent trailers and showcases, to show for the Xbox Series X.
If Microsoft does something about this in the coming months, we’ll have a better idea of how well the Xbox Series X will perform in real life. If not, then we’ll have to wait for the Xbox Series X to release to see the difference for ourselves.