Straight away the thing people are going to want to know first about the new consoles when they are deciding if they should buy an Xbox or a gaming PC is how the individual components stack up against each other.
So, this section is going to be dedicated to outlining all of the specs of the new Xbox, and how they stack up alongside a comparative PC build. So, the very first thing I have to say here is that one huge advantage that a gaming PC has over any console (including the Xbox) is that it’s customizable. This means that whatever parts you put into your PC are ready and available to change out in the future, so your PC is future-proofed and ready to be modded at any point.
However, the trade-off for that customizability is pretty great. Basically, as soon as you receive your Xbox it’s going to be ready to play. Sure there might be a software patch to download – but the bones of the console are firm, and they are going to be in place throughout the entire life cycle of the console itself. Every game will be optimized right out of the box, so you don’t have to do any annoying tinkering with settings, and you are going to be able to enjoy a wide variety of exclusives developed for consoles specifically.
Check out the full specifications for the Xbox Series X below:
Xbox Series X CPU Vs Gaming PC CPU:
So, with the notion that an Xbox is a set machine that has everything ready for you in mind, let’s look at some of the components on the new Xbox Series X that makes it so appealing. Firstly you have the Xbox Series X’s CPU. It is a customized AMD Zen 2 CPU, meaning that this is going to be a system with a CPU we can directly compare to a gaming PC’s CPU.
Ignore that for a moment, and let’s keep looking at the Xbox Series X’s CPU. You can expect eight CPU cores and 16 threads out of that – which is all pretty promising when it comes to performance. In fact, when it comes down to performance we can actually expect a lot from this new type of custom CPU for the Xbox Series X. it is reportedly very powerful, to the extent that the Series X processor could be capable of supporting the running of four separate Xbox One games at any one times – with a brand new internal video encoder that is apparently six times as fast as the encoder that the current CPUs powering project xCloud use.
And of course, this is all very promising. For gamers, we can boil this down into meaning that as they are playing their next-gen games on the Xbox Series X, there will be no bottleneck issues that restrict the gameplay from a processing perspective – nor will there be any real danger of restrictions in scope from the CPU in the future, with developers having quite a lot of room to grow in the future if they want to expand their vision when it comes to CPU use.
Basically, the CPU on the Xbox Series X is going to be future proof and more than sufficient for the type of games that are expected to run. How does it stack up against a comparable CPU for the PC though? Well, it’s not hard to find one. In fact, we can find one made by the same manufacturer – AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X for example offers similar performance in games, with the same eight cores and 16 threads that the custom AMD CPU for the series X will be using – but that’s only a comparable model.
We can look to the new lineup of AMD’s Ryzen chips for a better performing CPU than the ones currently available – apparently, the 4000 series is going to offer advanced overclocking features and up to 20 cores – so a pretty big leap over the Ryzen 7 3700X. but we don’t even need to jump to the new AMD lineup of processors to find one that can outperform the 3700X. Intel’s Core i7-9700K actually outperforms the 3700X in a number of ways. For example, the 3700X is clocked at 4.47Ghz at max boost, whilst the i7-9700K is clocked at 4.6Ghz. Basically, this chip offers better performance, and it isn’t even top of the line when it comes to gaming PC CPUs.
So, whilst the CPU inside an Xbox Series X perhaps isn’t as powerful as a top of the line gaming PC CPU, that doesn’t mean it isn’t impressive. You are still going to get top-level performance out of it where it counts – and that leads us to the GPU.
Xbox Series X GPU Vs Gaming PC GPU:
The Xbox Series X GPU is possibly the most powerful graphics card to ever be put inside of a console. It is said to offer 12.15 Teraflops of graphical processing power. Let’s break that down so it’s a more easily digestible bit of information rather than just a number. The Xbox One X had 6 Teraflops of power, whereas the PS4 Pro only had 4.2 Teraflops available.
Now you have an idea of how powerful the Xbox Series X’s GPU is going to be – double that of the previous top of the line model by Xbox themselves. According to Techpowerup, the Series X GPU has also been clocked in at 1825 Mhz and is based on RDNA 2 architecture. Plus, its going to be running 10Gb of GDDR6 memory, so you really can expect top of the line performance from this card.
If all those stats are still too much to take in at once, then I’ll compare the Xbox Series X graphics card to another on the market for easy visual comparisons. Basically, what you have inside the Xbox Series X is the equivalent of a 2080 Ti by Nvidia. If you are new or inexperienced with PC gaming, this was basically the top-rated card of the Turing generation of GPUs, the top of the line graphics card to have in your PC.
However, if we are really comparing an Xbox Series X to a modern gaming PC here, then there is no question that modern graphics cards seriously outperform the Series X’s GPU. Take the newest line-up of Nvidia GPUs for example. The flagship card, the 3080 is going to offer its users gameplay performance higher than that ever seen in a console. In fact, it’s going to offer better gaming performance on PC than anyone has seen before, with brand new GDDR6 memory coupled with AI and Ray Traced graphics combining to deliver a new level of gaming performance, all at a steady 4K resolution.
It goes without saying that all of this clocks in much higher than the 2080 Ti ever did. For a full range of specifications on the Nvidia RTX 3080, click here. But you don’t even have to splash out the cash for a 3080 to get Series X beating PC performance. The lowest-performing card of the new 3000 series graphics cards, the 3070 actually offers better performance than the 2080 Ti, and it launches at – get this – $499. Sure, that’s the exact same price as the Xbox Series X itself, but let’s have a closer look at what it offers.
It has 5888 Cuda Cores (1000 more than the 2080 Ti), with a boost clock of 1.73GHz (also higher than the 2080 Ti), with 8Gb of GDDR6 memory at its disposal alongside the superior Ampere graphics technology. Basically, you are getting around 1.5 times the performance of a 2080 Ti, for around half the price, which is pretty great.
Essentially what I have just told you there is that you can buy an Xbox Series X beating GPU at a similar price point. Also, consider that the Xbox Series X will be shipping with a one terabyte SSD and factory cooling – both good, but irreplaceable from their original components.
If you want a verdict here on a comparison between an Xbox Series X and a modern gaming PC, where I only take hardware and its performance into account: I have to say the gaming PC wins.