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#1 Xbox-Scene

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 02:58 PM

RUMOR: Xbox ONE to be underclocked by 200Mhz
Posted by GaryOPA | June 5 09:58 EST | News Category: Xbox_Xbox360
 
Anonymous sources claim XB1 has 'heat issues'.

Microsoft engineers on fear of facing another RROD nightmare with their new XBOX ONE console, have decided to slow the system down by up to 200Mhz to resolve any possible problems with its launch.

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Two different anonymous sources claim Microsoft is still having design issues with their CPU/GPU combo and their cooling system, so instead of risking another RROD massive nightmare of returns early after the launch of the XB1, they have decided to take a quick-fix solution to the problem and slow down the system by 200Mhz.


What does this mean to developers?

Well we already know that the PS4 is more of a powerhouse than the Xbox One. It has faster RAM and bus bandwidth than the Xbox One already. Under clocking the system will widen the gap between the two consoles, but at the same time will keep the failure rate on the Xbox One very low. The last thing we need is another RRoD fiasco.

In terms of games, you will see a significant difference in multiplatform titles. Lower clock speed means lower frame rates. This means that a game running 60fps on PS4 may only run at 30fps on Xbox One. Even given the current specs, this would probably still be the case except now we are under clocking the GPU. This could affect other things like the Peak Shader Throughput.

If Minecraft were to be released for both Xbox One and PS4, you'd see no difference. A game like Battlefield 4 my run at a lower framerate on the Xbox One than it does on the PS4. We still don't know how much the eSRAM is going to boost or hinder performance of the Xbox One.

We also can't leave out the fact that every developer, every game and every engine runs differently. They could theoretically boost frame rates on the Xbox One to match PS4 by turning off AA effects and lowering resolution.


Of course this is still a 'rumor' until confirmed by ripping apart actual consoles after it launches and testing the bus speed, etc. -- Also does this mean in the future if this 'rumor' turns to to be fact, that later models of XB1 will be faster after Microsoft solves the 'heat issue', or will they solve it before it launches this holiday season.

News-Source: RUMOR: Xbox ONE to be underclocked by 200Mhz (via) 360Crunch







#2 Kushan

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 04:02 PM

To my knowledge, Microsoft has not actually announced what clock speed the Xbox One is going to run at. So how can anyone claim it's going to be underclocked?

Furthermore, the CPU/GPU is not a Microsoft design, it's an AMD design and is based off of Jaguar - a low-TDP design:

http://www.techpower...-quad-core.html

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AMD unveiled its next-generation "Jaguar" low-power CPU micro-architecture for APUs in the 5W - 25W TDP range, targeting everything from tablets to entry-level notebooks, and nettops.


Even assuming that the XB1's core is much faster, that TDP is probably still going to be much lower than even the latest 360 models.

Now, the PS4 is going to use the same Jaguar architecture, just more beefed up. This rumour basically boils down to stating that Microsoft, with all of its billions in R&D, can't produce cooling half as effective as Sony can.

I call bullshit.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE(Kushan @ Jun 5 2013, 10:02 AM) View Post

Now, the PS4 is going to use the same Jaguar architecture, just more beefed up. This rumour basically boils down to stating that Microsoft, with all of its billions in R&D, can't produce cooling half as effective as Sony can.



Or it could mean Sony does not care if the PS4 melts or burns down your house.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:28 AM

QUOTE(steveo1978 @ Jun 6 2013, 05:20 AM) View Post

Or it could mean Sony does not care if the PS4 melts or burns down your house.


If it's one thing Sony has going for it, it's that their in-house designed and built hardware is generally flawless.

Of all the MiniDiscs, consoles, sound systems, and Blu-ray Disc players I have owned - the only flaws Sony has ever made have been in the software; never the hardware. They are a hardware shop, first and foremost.

Conversely Microsoft has always been a software power house... they're still learning the ropes with hardware.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:46 PM

QUOTE(ekruob @ Jun 6 2013, 11:28 AM) View Post

If it's one thing Sony has going for it, it's that their in-house designed and built hardware is generally flawless.

Of all the MiniDiscs, consoles, sound systems, and Blu-ray Disc players I have owned - the only flaws Sony has ever made have been in the software; never the hardware. They are a hardware shop, first and foremost.



Then you probably did not touch any PS2, Sony TV and HIFI. Some of us who were active on several different PS1/PS2/PS3 sites could tell you horror stories how Sony consoles worked. Their lasers, manufacturing and also the hardware design were quite questionable if you ask me.

Don't get me wrong but Sony just build the same low quality things as other manufacturers do. They do not care about QUALITY but QUANTITY only, so do the others. Who needs things that work for 10 years when you can sell the very same shit twice or more, as when the warranty is over the repair is not worth the price.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:08 PM

QUOTE(ekruob @ Jun 6 2013, 07:28 AM) View Post

If it's one thing Sony has going for it, it's that their in-house designed and built hardware is generally flawless.


That's got to be the funniest thing I've read all day!

I've gone from doing mostly 360 repairs to mostly PS3 repairs. The last dozen reflows I've done were PS3's and half of those were slims!



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:08 AM

If the pic above in the original post is what the inside looks like, I see problems in the future. One problem I see right off the bat is not enough space inside to allow much needed air flow. Small size is good and all, but that design is suffocating the CPU/GPU from proper air flow. With that in mind, I also see a hard drive failing sooner that expected due to the heat breakdown. Unless there is fans some where (maybe under the hard drive?) to circulate air, like the fans in the back of the 360, this is going to build up heat rather fast.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:06 PM

QUOTE(Psyfer9983 @ Jun 7 2013, 02:08 AM) View Post

If the pic above in the original post is what the inside looks like, I see problems in the future. One problem I see right off the bat is not enough space inside to allow much needed air flow. Small size is good and all, but that design is suffocating the CPU/GPU from proper air flow. With that in mind, I also see a hard drive failing sooner that expected due to the heat breakdown. Unless there is fans some where (maybe under the hard drive?) to circulate air, like the fans in the back of the 360, this is going to build up heat rather fast.

i think thats a pic of the insides of an xbox 360 slim.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:13 PM

That's not a slim.

I don't see heat being an issue. I've heard the Xbox THREE's CGPU could possibly run around the same wattage as the 360-S. Probably 25-35% more. I can tell from the pic that it's got a bigger HS and Fan than the 360-S and it looks like there's a bit more room as well. Look at the fan compared to the drive, it's got to be wider than a game disk. Even if it still runs around the same dangerous temp range, 12V or 9V fan mods should be a snap.

It's certainly not an issue for me at all because the DRM is the deal breaker. I only buy second hand games and with the Xbox THREE online activation, there's essentially no such thing as a used game.

Sony Playstation hardware quality has always been a joke. Insufficient heat sinks and poor airflow and crappy film connectors are not deal breakers for me. If the RAM bus is faster and PSN is free and game disks actually contain a physical offline DRM... then the PS4 is the system I'll eventually buy second hand, someday, maybe.

Edited by relaxxx, 07 June 2013 - 07:25 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:37 PM

AMD processor having heat issues? I couldn't have guessed. :l

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:44 PM

I don't think it's unreasonable to consider that sony might have paid people to spread rumors and dissent... the vitriolic and kneejerk attitudes toward the XB1 seem grossly exaggerated.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 04:07 AM

QUOTE(AG Wolf @ Jun 7 2013, 04:44 PM) View Post

I don't think it's unreasonable to consider that sony might have paid people to spread rumors and dissent... the vitriolic and kneejerk attitudes toward the XB1 seem grossly exaggerated.


Another reason to wait a couple of weeks after launch before buying one, for me that is.

#13 Kushan

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:06 AM

QUOTE(AG Wolf @ Jun 7 2013, 09:44 PM) View Post

I don't think it's unreasonable to consider that sony might have paid people to spread rumors and dissent... the vitriolic and kneejerk attitudes toward the XB1 seem grossly exaggerated.


I've never seen a different reaction to forced DRM, nobody ever takes it well.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:47 AM

hmm to the people talking shit, do you know that PS4 cpu gpu are going to come in at 28 nm die size, Xbox1 is at what 40 or 45nm.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:55 AM

QUOTE(Unregistered007 @ Jun 20 2013, 10:47 AM) View Post

hmm to the people talking shit, do you know that PS4 cpu gpu are going to come in at 28 nm die size, Xbox1 is at what 40 or 45nm.


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