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Tagged: xbox next, IBM, amd, Power PC, southern islands, xbox 720, oban


SemiAccurate has been doing some digging into the hardware that will power the next XBox, perhaps a bit more successfully than Microsoft would like. This builds on the rumours that they had collected in December of 2011 and confirms that the next generation console is only a partial win for AMD. Oban is the code name for the CPU, which is being fabbed by GLOBALFOUNDRIES for the most part and will be a variant model of IBM's Power PC architecture and not an x86 based chip. AMD will provide a Graphics Core Next Southern Islands GPU to provide the graphical power, terrible news for NVIDIA's bottom line over the next several years as they lose out on at least one platform of the coming generation. This will continue to sting as unlike PCs, consoles are not refreshed several times over a year and the current hardware will likely be powering the XBox Next for years to come.

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Take that Nvida! Seriously though, I am kind of bummed that they are using such a weak graphics card for it. I've heard its going to be a 6670. I hope its right about them switching to souther islands. It seems like games are developed today with the weakest platform in consideration, ultimately holding back performance for PCs.
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Take that Nvida! Seriously though, I am kind of bummed that they are using such a weak graphics card for it. I've heard its going to be a 6670. I hope its right about them switching to souther islands. It seems like games are developed today with the weakest platform in consideration, ultimately holding back performance for PCs.

Since when was the 6670 based off GCN?
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full of old and incorrect "news". microsoft's partners have long been known. same as last gen. same as nintendo. it's also long been known that nvidia won't have a chip in any upcoming console. also HD6670=/=gcn.
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If its GCN wouldn't it be some variant of Tahiti aka a 7900 series chip?
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If its GCN wouldn't it be some variant of Tahiti aka a 7900 series chip?

Not necessarily. 7900 is just an application of GCN. It could be a variant of a card coming later down the line as well or a completely custom design.
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