Xbox Series S 2022 could feature 6nm AMD APU refresh with 20+ Compute Units

Published: Sep 8th 2021, 07:16 GMT   Comments

Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.

Xbox Series to get a refresh

Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID) shares the latest rumors on the upcoming Microsoft Series S|X gaming console refresh.

Xbox Series X vs S APU, Source: Digital Foundry

According to the video, Microsoft is to refresh both of its consoles starting late next year. The first console to see a refresh is Xbox Series S, which would receive a higher spec AMD Zen APU based on 6nm process technology. The transition to TSMC 6N, which is a refined 7nm process would result in higher manufacturing yields, and as a result, Microsoft could be enabling full 24 Compute Units from its Xbox Series S APU.

The current version of the XSS console features 20 Compute Units, but as many as 4 are disabled to preserve good yields and a continuous supply of the console. With more Compute Units and possibly higher clock speeds, the console could even be 50% faster, the YouTuber claims.

A higher performance console would supposedly cost more. A refined XSS console would cost close to 350 USD, a 50 USD premium over the current model, but at the same time, Microsoft would be introducing a price cut on the 2020 model by lowering the price to 189-249 USD, the rumor alleges. This means that Microsoft would be selling both models simultaneously.

It is not mentioned if the console would still use Zen2 or rather a Zen3 architecture. Next year AMD will be releasing its Rembrandt APU with RDNA2 and Zen3 microarchitecture, a second-generation Zen3 mobile product. Based on the changes in Cezanne (Zen3) silicon, an architectural swap might still be on a table.

Furthermore, MLID also claims that there is a refresh of the Series X console coming in 2023 or later, however, no details on this console have been shared.

Xbox Series S|X Refresh, Source: Moore’s Law is Dead

Next-Generation Gaming Consoles
VideoCardz.comSony PlayStation 5Xbox Series XXbox Series SXbox Series S 2022
CPU7nm AMD Zen27nm AMD Zen27nm AMD Zen26nm AMD Zen(?)
CPU Config
CPU Clock
up to 3.5 GHz
up to 3.8GHz
up to 3.6GHz
GPU Config
36 CUs
52 CUs
20 CUs
24 CUs
GPU Clock
2.23 GHz
1.83 GHz
1.57 GHz
GPU Power
10.28 TFLOPS
12.15 TFLOPS
Performance Target4K up to 120fps4K up to 120fps1440p up to 120fpsTBC
Release DateNovember 2020November 2020November 2020Late 2022
Notes* Digital Edition


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