Microsoft To Overclock the XB ONE’s GPU

Is this a sign of them getting desperate? Overclocking can be done without jeopardizing system stability and lifespan of the unit, and a 6% increase is pretty small. But I for one would hesitate to do this on a mass market consumer product. Especially 3 months before launch, when you don’t really have time to deal with any problems that might crop up.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft To Overclock the XB ONE’s GPU

  1. Eh, what’s the worse that can happen. Oh wait, this is the worse that can happen:

    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1263463

    “The Xbox 360 recall a year ago happened because “Microsoft wanted to avoid an ASIC vendor,” said Lewis. Microsoft designed the graphic chip on its own, cut a traditional ASIC vendor out of the process and went straight to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., he explained.

    But in the end, by going cheap–hoping to save tens of millions of dollars in ASIC design costs, Microsoft ended up paying more than $1 billion for its Xbox 360 recall.”

    1. Well, you can theoretically get away with a bit of overclock, if you have the cooling capacity, and the chip’s heat sink can get the heat away from the chip quickly enough. But, seriously, you’re going to make a design change like this a couple months before launch? Shouldn’t production have already begun? If you find out later you need more cooling, you’re fucked.

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