Gaming Power Do Consoles Have It?
Gaming power this was the topic of a very interesting conversation I had with a customer in GameStop yesterday. She was talking to the store clerk about how much power the Playstation 4 has. The Clerk was telling her that he preferred the Xbox One.
Once the lady took notice of me, and then proceeded to bring me into the conversation. So I told them both that when it comes to gaming power I prefer PC for the majority of my gaming needs.
Now let me be clear I love home consoles, ever since I started gaming I’ve always owned a home console. That being said when it comes to pure gaming power none of the home consoles hold a candle to the PC.
Now when you consider the current crop of home consoles the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U. There should be no doubt that the Wii U doesn’t have the same amount of power as the Playstation 4, and Xbox One. Now both systems share many features, this is to be expected.
When it comes to the pure gaming power of these systems differences begin to creep up. Both have an 8-core CPU, with the Xbox One’s core clock being 1.75GHz. The Playstation 4’s core clock comes in at 1.6GHz this is less than the Xbox One.
Now for contrast I can get a 8-core CPU for the PC that clocks in at 4.0GHz. The PC CPU blows the other two out of the water. This gives the PC a clear advantage in terms of gaming power over both systems. So for those of you doing the math, that’s a 2.25GHz difference when compared to the Xbox One.
Let’s not stop there now let’s take a look at the GPU. Now both are based on AMD Radeon line of GPU’s, but it’s the PS4 that pulls ahead here. The PS4 is capable of 1.8 TFLOPS (Teraflops) of raw computing power. Xbox One clocks in at 1.3 TFLOPS of computing power.
This is all well and good, until you consider this fact. You can get a AMD Radeon GPU for the PC that has 5.9 TFLOPS of computing power. Once again the PC wins. In fact you could combine the GPU’s from both systems, and it would still not have the raw computing power of the PC GPU. This gives the PC another advantage in gaming power.
You can’t talk about gaming power, and not discuss system memory. Both Xbox One, and Playstation 4 have 8GB of RAM. The difference here is the speed of the RAM. The PS4 uses GDDR5 while the Xbox One uses slower DDR3.
That’s a huge leap forward for home consoles, but you can get motherboard’s today that support 16GB and up. That’s double what the two consoles support. I’ll say it again gaming power advantage PC. Of course there are factors that have nothing to do with gaming power. Such as brand loyalty, and personal preference for starters.
Gaming power isn’t the only factor when it comes to gaming, but when it comes to an argument over which is better. There shouldn’t be any doubt that the PC is by far superior to any home console, especially when it comes to gaming power.
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