Microsoft Xbox Series X Dev Kit (XDK) has 40 GB of GDDR6 memory –

Microsoft XDK has 40 GB of GDDR6 memory

Gamers Nexus purchased one of the Xbox Series X development kits, a special type of console designed specifically for game development.

Xbox Series X Development Kit (XDK), Source: Gamers Nexus

The developer kit, also known as XDK, obtained by Gamers Nexus is a 2020 version of the development kit with AMD APU codenamed “Scarlett”. It is equipped with 8-core AMD Zen2 architecture CPU and RDNA “Navi” graphics processing unit with 56 computing units. These specifications are likely to be the same for the retail and development kits, but there may be changes in the clock speeds.

As confirmed by GN, the torn-down development kit contains not 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, but 40 GB, which may have been the reason why early Xbox Series X leaks mentioned higher capacity at some point before the console was released.

Xbox Series X Development Kit (XDK), Source: Gamers Nexus

XDK is equipped with 40 GB Samsung GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 Gbps. It is unclear whether the memory is divided as on the retail device, which has three pools for graphics (10 GB @ 320-bit), system memory (3.5 GB @ 192-bit) and the operating system (2.5 GB @ 192-bit) .

The larger memory capacity is typically used for troubleshooting, analyzing frame data or detailed logs. Developers can also use this memory to decompress game buildings instead of resource overhead for pre-optimized games, explains one of the game developers in the video comment section.

The Xbox Series Development Kit is available on eBay for around 1350 EUR, but this price is only for the pre-banned version. Microsoft is well aware of the illegal sale of their consoles and makes sure that these devices no longer work, even for offline games, which is why it is crucial not to connect these devices to the Internet. The sample purchased by GN was already banned in advance, so it can not be used for any gaming activity.


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