Xbox Scorpio Internal Motherboard Architecture Revealed: 16nm FinFET Chip, 7 Billion Transistors, Vapour-Chamber Cooling, And More

The heart of the beast.

Posted By | On 06th, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The Xbox One Scorpio is truly an impressive machine- Digital Foundry recently got to see it in its finalized form, and they got loads of images, that you can see for yourself below. The end result is a well designed, high end, powerful console that uses state of the art tech to deliver the highest fidelity possible for consoles.

The Scorpio Engine is the new system on chip (SoC) that lies at the heart of the machine- it is a 16nm FinFET chip produced by TSMC, with seven billion transistors containing a custom CPU cluster and 40 customized Radeon compute units- among other things. In other words, this is as densely packed and high end as it is currently possible to get.

The SoC apart, the Scorpio uses 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, which is available via 6.8GHz GDDR5 modules operating across a 384-bit memory interface- which represents a substantial improvement over not just the existing Xbox One and Xbox One S, but also the PS4 and PS4 Pro. A lot of the gains for the Scorpio come from how efficient the entire machine is. Scorpio achieves this, at least in part, by utilizing a technique called the Hovis Method, and calibrating every motherboard to the precise processor it is paired with.

The result of all of this? Microsoft is using what might be a first for mainstream consumer grade tech. The Scorpio features a vapor-chamber cooling, which is very similar to the kind of cooling setups seen on high end PC GPUs such as GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti- this machine will probably run hot (and hey, at least Microsoft appears to have kept proper heat dissipation in mind this time around).

The Scorpio, then, is truly impressive tech- check the gallery below if you want to take a look at the heart of the technology that will power this new console. The Scorpio is launching later this year- hopefully, more details are incoming soon.


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  • Victor Vai

    Just … WOW ! Sony is dead.

    • The Knight

      If Sony was gonna die, it would’ve been at the beginning of last gen. They didn’t die then and they definitely won’t die now

    • Victor Vai

      lol

    • Learned Handgun

      Sony definitely isn’t going to die. This will definitely make them think, but they will respond.

      MS still has some work to do on the software side, but it really seems quite likely that E3 will be another major MS news splash.

    • crazy_black_man-

      They have just responded. They said in a written statement, “Those revealed specs are disappointing and Scorpio still aint got no damn games maaaan”.

    • Mark

      Lmao

    • Michael

      Those statements are called ponyisms.

    • kee1haul

      Here’s a list, make it easier for you.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Xbox_One_games

    • C. Hoffer

      Funny.
      Did you say that when the original PS4 came out and was 40% more powerful than the One.
      Did you say that when the PS4 Pro came out and was 100+% more powerful the the original PS4 and over 300% more powerful than the ONE?
      How about the fact that Scorpio is only 43% more powerful than the Pro?

      Now it is 440% more powerful than the POS One though. Now that is a definite upgrade for the One users.
      Still buying one…but I know what is garbage and what is not. The One/S is garbage and has been from day one…and I own one of those too, I’m just not afraid to admit it.

    • Learned Handgun

      The PS4 gpu may be 40% more powerful, but the differences in actual output were minimal, games viewed side by side have consistently looked very similar. The Scorpio on the other hand is much more powerful and will certainly result in noticeable differences.

      Why are you upset about this? You should be happy. Sony will respond eventually, and now they have more incentive to improve. Don’t be a douche fanboy.

    • Dougdec92

      Sony definitely will respond, this competition is good for the industry, the specs are beastly but seriously look like a new gen upgrade to me but what else can you expect from such a rich company

    • Mark

      It ain’t next gen bro, same GPU and CPU architecture

    • Dougdec92

      Yeah I know so but that’s one heck of an upgrade

    • C. Hoffer

      It’s only a big jump if you compare it against the current One console which was weaker than it should have been. Compared to the PRO, it is still a nice upgrade.
      Compared to the One, it is like a whole new system and moving forward, they can scale upwards without breaking compatibility…just like Sony.

    • Dougdec92

      True

    • C. Hoffer

      I get annoyed when people say sh*t then flip flop and suddenly its the best thing since sliced bread..but only on the Xbox…
      Examples:
      – TFLOP’s don’t matter, then that’s all they talk about and the system isn’t on the market yet. Totally ignoring competitors that have been pushing way more power since day 1.
      OR
      – Others keep pushing the next ‘hidden’ gem (DX12/extra core/ShaderMdl_6) in the console then dismiss actual working/usable advancements in other consoles as if they don’t exist (FP16) because “it can’t be there because I said so”, or “no one will use it”, and if they did use it then “it won’t amount to much improvement and it wouldn’t be noticeable in game”.
      OR
      -“Resolution doesn’t matter. Its all game play.” Then suddenly it’s all about 4k and anything less is garbage…totally ignoring the fact that the xbox systems currently on the market are substantially and consistently weaker in resolution than the competitor.
      Frustrating to hear their insane logic. I just want fast systems, detailed environments and good looking/fun games.

    • Luke Skywalker

      – TFLOPs didn’t matter until others made it matter
      – people didn’t dismiss FP16 just because they dismissed the rhetoric and lies that it effectively doubles the power of the chip. eg: 4.2tflops is 8.4flops. what is also interesting is that the developers who’re using it has to use it with checkerboard rendering.
      – again, resolution didn’t matter until others made it so (from 2013 to 2016 it was all about power for ps fanboys, move into 2017 it suddenly all about games and power doesn’t matter. but go back to those digital foundrey videos on youtube or articles about games running better on ps4 and you’ll see all the talk about how powerful the ps4 was and now those same people are saying power doesn’t matter.

      to me power is not the be all end all but it’s a great addition for the games. those who want the best performance and best visuals will gravitate towards the more powerful console because there will always be games for it. multiplatform games will run better on it which are mostly the games you will play with your friends. I don’t care if a game is exclusive or not, I care if I enjoy the game or not and I think that is the big difference.

    • Victor Vai

      Woooow … thousand lines of blah blah from the same users every time … popcorn time !!!

    • LifeOnMars

      LOL, only 30 million console to close the gap.

    • Michael

      Lol…only 300 billion dollars to close the gap.

  • Riggybro

    The heat sink thing (allowing a higher clock on GPU) and the DX12 hardware were positive surprises

    Otherwise it was pretty much as expected for a 2017 console right? (It was to me anyway)

    • Mark

      The cooling unit redesign is nuts, and that’s how they got the GPU up to 1170 hz speed

    • Riggybro

      Yep. Also all the customisation that has gone on linking the parts is nice (“close to the metal” stuff).

      I was thinking $399 but now I’ve watched the DF vid properly maybe $450-$499 (basically because of the high level of customisation – more expensive parts).

      We had a bet at work to see who could guess the basic specs – I won :o) :o)

    • Psionicinversion

      id say 500-549 for the console tbh 450 is to low.

    • C. Hoffer

      Makes me wonder what they will price the One S at….
      Will it drop to $249 for 500G? IMO it should be dumped or allocated to $199 – 500G. It would really push acceptance at the low end and get a lot more people on board as well as steal sales of other low end systems.

    • Psionicinversion

      I dunno maybe, Sony are rumoured to release a ps4 pro slimmer version with 4k bluray this year. That would be nuts of them to do it though

    • Mark

      Ahaha…smart guy

  • Holeybartender

    This is a next-gen console not a mid-cycle refresh.They didn’t simply just tweak what was there,they completely gutted and redesigned it.

    • Learned Handgun

      But yet it still has full cross console compatibility. Almost like MS was serious when they said were ending console generations.

    • Holeybartender

      Oh,please. That’ll never happen. We will never want to shell out $500 every 3 years for a mid-cycle console.

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    • Psionicinversion

      i bet if playstation continued the 3 year trend you would

    • C. Hoffer

      Speak for yourself.
      I’ll drop $500 on console upgrades every 2 years.
      In just spec type numbers I expect as minimums to support upgrades:
      PS4 – 1.8TFLP
      Pro – 4.2 TFLP
      Scorpio – 6.0 TFLP
      xx- 8.0 TFLP
      xx2 – 12 TFLP

    • Learned Handgun

      Some people will upgrade every 3 years. Some people will wait. Look at PS. There are still people playing on PS3. There are people that bought the PS4 launch day. And of those that bought the PS4 launch day, there are people that bought the PS4p launch day.

      Console refreshes are good for the consumers as long as games are made backwards compatible for at least -1 cycle, and developers will not fights -1 cycle compatibility because they want to sell more games. Look at how many first round PS4/XB1 games came out on PS3/XB360.

    • Mark

      It isn’t next gen….big indicators for next gen means different architecture, historically for consoles. Scorpio’s still on Radeon and Jaguar, but HEAVILY customized.

  • Mr Xrat

    lol transistors, thought we’d never see that word again.


 

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