Xbox One CPU overclocked for more performance

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Microsoft has revealed plans to overclock the CPU of the Xbox One console. This follows news that the Xbox One GPU was receiving an overclock boost.

Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, has said that Xbox One production was going into full-time mode.

The larger pool of consoles to validate and test has led Microsoft to overclock the console’s processor, raising the speed from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz – a boost of about 9.4%.

Said Mehdi: “We’ve had real good progress on the system. In fact, we just updated the CPU performance to 1.75GHz on top of the graphics performance improvement, so the system is really going to shine… The games look pretty incredible. We’re on track for a launch in November.”

The Xbox One has had a speed increase in the past, with Microsoft’s Marc Whitten announcing that the GPU had been overclocked from 800MHz to 853MHz, an improvement of 6.62% over stock. This raised the console’s theoretical performace slightly and gives developers more speed to perform more operations.

At the time, Whitten said: “This is the time where we’ve gone from the theory of how the hardware works, to the time where you start tweaking the knobs to get everything right.”

The Xbox One launches with a roster of 23 games including Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek), Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios), Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision/Infinity Ward), Battlefield 4 (EA/DICE), Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Watch Dogs (Ubisoft).

Microsoft’s Xbox One is on track for a November launch in thirteen countries around the world and will be debuting at a price of $499 in the US and Canada.

No South African launch information has been communicated by Xbox South Africa.

Source: Eurogamer

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  • Psyanideacid

    they are pushing for that RING OF DEATH….stop chasing ps4 performance

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    My exact thought! I own a pretty awesome PC rig, but I never overclock. Way too many horror stories there… Now MS goes and overclocks just to try and get more sold. This makes me want to stay away even more.

  • James Anderton

    I’ll stick with my PC that outperforms the One with no overclocking required thanks.

  • Gladiatorza

    If you read what the MS statement said, they are technically not overclocking (neither did they ever mention overclock), they are able to achieve the same thresholds during production at a higher clock speed, they planned for variance in either direction hence the ability to change clock speeds post production.

  • NicoR

    I 2nd that :)

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    They also said Windows 8 wouldn’t suck and that Windows is an affordable OS…

    They have the hardware paid for and most likely already some sitting in warehouses… They are increasing the clock speed on hardware that was originally set lower.

    I just know this isn’t going to end well. This is what happens when you don’t design a proper product from the start.

  • Wesley Fick

    I don’t think we’ll see a RROD situation again. 9% and 6% increases on the CPU and GPU respectively aren’t that big, neither should it increase heat or power consumption too much.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    It just gives me a very uneasy feeling… I have NO trust for MS left. At all…

  • jaskdavis

    PS4 has:
    Beefier GPU
    Faster RAM
    Half the Size of X1
    Vents only on Back
    Built in Power Supply
    Pretty much I would worry about the PS4 overheating then X1, even though it won’t so you can bet your A$$ that X1 won’t either, especially MS announcing it can run 10 years on 24/7 without overheating… think before you speak nub.

  • SuperMecha

    Have you seen the fan and heatsink on the Xbox One, it’s huge. Microsoft spent a billion dollar on the RROD they won’t make the same mistake again.

  • Vorastra

    I can bench press 400 tons. Run 520.6 km/h and jump 240 meters high.
    You seem to believe M$ about running 10 years without overheating just because they said so.

    Do you believe me ?

  • John Durham

    Trying to make the jump to PC from PS3 with an Alienware Alpha I-7 console. Not real happy so far. Not as much with the console as with the aval of games. Steam, Orign ect just doesn’t seem to have what i’m looking for. Most of the games ie. lets choose Battlefield 4 for example. In PC it doesn’t support controller well. This seems to be the case pretty well cross the board i’ve found. As I know, you will say, “if your a PC gamer your supposed to be on a keyboard n mouse” and in some ways i get it now. But, thinking of getting rid of Alpha console for an Xbox 1. any opinions. Tks