The Xbox Series X is equipped with an AMD RDNA 2 GPU equivalent to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super. The console can deliver high-fidelity graphics and 4K resolution gaming.
The Xbox Series X is the top-of-the-line console from Microsoft. It targets up to 4K and up to 120 FPS. If you are interested in getting similar performance on PC then you are going to need a pretty high-end graphics card. In this article, we are going to go over the Xbox Series X comparable graphics card.
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Exploring the Xbox Series X GPU equivalent: Direct teraflop to teraflop performance.
If you are upgrading your PC and you want comparable performance to the most powerful next-gen console at comparable frame rates and graphical settings, then you’ll need to buy a GPU that has comparatively the same power to the Xbox Series X.
So in this section I’ll take a look in more detail at the best graphics card that matches the Xbox Series X for performance.
Nvidia’s RTX 3060 is considered the mainstream PC gamer GPU of choice.
Packing all of Nvidia’s latest ray tracing and AI upscaling technology, the RTX 3060 is a beast of GPU rattling inside a tiny package.
Boasting 3584 shader cores to power through the most intensive games, the RTX 3060 delivers 13 teraflops of graphics compute power. 0.9 teraflops more than the Xbox Series X.
The means the RTX 3060 can meet and often exceed the Xbox Series X’s graphical output, either letting your run at slightly higher resolutions, faster frame rates, or with more graphical bells and whistles running.
However, that’s not all the RTX 3060 has to offer.
You see, the Xbox Series X has ray tracing compute unites that give it the equivalent of 13 teraflops of ray tracing performance. This gives the Xbox Series X a total of 25 teraflops of simultaneous compute performance.
But the RTX 3060 is more than a match for the Xbox Series X…
The RTX 3060 produces a staggering 25 teraflops of ray tracing performance. That’s nearly double the Xbox Series X ray tracing performance.
In total, the 3060 produces 38 Teraflops of compute performance when adding up shader and ray tracing compute performance compared to the Xbox Series X’s 25 teraflops. That’s a massive 52% increase in compute performance in the RTX 3060 favour.
So the RTX 3060 is the perfect card to match and exceed the Xbox Series X’s graphics performance.
What is the Xbox Series X GPU?
The Xbox Series X GPU is an RDNA 2.0-based chip built on TSMC’s 7nm process node, officially referred to as “Scarlett” within its technical documentation. With the target being high-end gaming for the generation of the last two years, it was given a wide headstart in hardware specs. This is all the while reducing the retail cost of the console in order instantly beat equivalent-performing PCs in price efficiency alone.
The main die is 360 mm2 in size, quite bigger than the PS5’s GPU die size. It is powered by 3,328 graphics cores (shading units), supported by 52 compute units. This physical configuration puts it somewhere between the RX 6700 XT and the RX 6800.
In real-world comparisons, though, its performance is more akin to the RX 6700 XT. The Xbox Series X GPU has indeed significantly more shading units, compute units and wider memory bus width. But, this is somewhat toned down and balanced by its pre-fixed performance modes, lower clock speeds, as well as a slightly reduced texture fill rate, putting it a few steps away from the supposedly nearer RX 6800-level performance.
Xbox Series X GPU Equivalent
The actual performance of the Xbox Series X is actually more in-between the RX 6700 XT and RX 6800. But, as a direct equivalent, the RX 6700 XT comes quite closer, both in terms of relative theoretical performance margins, and the overall tier design of the GPU. The major difference is, of course, the rather limited 192-bit memory bus width of the RX 6700 XT. It is also quite noteworthy to point out that the Xbox Series X GPU has an effective max clock speed that is similar to the default gaming clock speed of the RX 6800 (also the base clock speed of the RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT).
As for its Nvidia Counterpart, the Geforce RTX 3070, comparative benchmarks shows it to be slightly above the RX 6700 XT, which is even closer to its gap with the RX 6800. Though to be fair, when textures and shadow settings are maxed, the RTX 3070 can potentially fall behind just a tiny bit (and therefore appear somewhat weaker than the Xbox Series X) due to its limiting 8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
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