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Popular Consoles GPUs: PS4, PS5, XBOX One, Series X

Gaming consoles are some of the most fun things to play. Each new release of the popular gaming console such as a PS (Playstation) or the Xbox offers increased graphics performance. Today, I will explain how the GPUs differ from console to console so you can get an idea of how much better each one is than the other.

Overall, each new generation of these popular consoles has a dramatically better graphics card. TFLOPs is a metric that measures GPU performance. As an example, the PS4 can process 1.4 TFLOPS, whereas the PS5 can process 10.3 TFLOPS. This is a 10x increase in graphics performance.

There are a few different metrics to compare graphics cards, and how well a console performs also depends on the RAM, and clock rate of the processor but the GPU plays a major role in a console’s performance. 

Below, I will explain what GPU is in the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and how they compare to each other. I will also give details about how the GPUs in these popular consoles compare to gaming PC GPUs, and how these GPUs would perform for modern PC games.

What GPU Does the PS5 Have

Playstation 5

The PS5 has significantly better performance than a PS4. This is due to the performance of the processor but also the performance of the graphics card. Here’s specifically what graphics card the PS5 has.

The PS5 has a graphics card custom-designed for it by the company AMD. It can output a maximum of 2.23 GHz and can process 10.3 TFLOPs. This is 10 times more powerful than the GPU in the PS4. It’s equivalent to the GPU in the Xbox Series X.

This means games can display much more in-depth and realistic graphics, it helps load the game faster such as in-between ‘levels’, and when there’s a cutscene. It also ensures the framerate doesn’t slow, which has the effect of causing very brief pauses in the video output. Often referred to as ‘stuttering’, that interrupts the impressiveness of the game.

The PS5 GPU Is Very Different Than a Pc’s GPU

It’s important to note that the graphics card (GPU) in Playstation consoles is designed and made very differently from those used in computers. On a computer, a new graphics card can be installed or swapped out. Whereas, on the Playstation consoles the graphics card is built into the CPU as one part of the console. 

Therefore, it can’t be swapped out. In technical electronic lingo, the CPU and GPU of Playstation consoles are built on the same die. A die is one ‘block’ in a circuit. Since there are built together they can’t be separated. 

As you may know with computers there is a motherboard that the different components are installed on such as the GPU and CPU. They have a CPU chip – also commonly just called a CPU that is on one die of the motherboard.

Although a console technically has a graphics card, it’s not a conventional graphics card that you can simply buy an upgrade for. Or, upgrade if you want to increase the performance. This CPU and GPU technology used in consoles is called an APU, which stands for ‘accelerated processing unit’. 

To be more precise, the PS4 and PS5 have an APU rather than a separate CPU and GPU. But, this APU has performance metrics that can be measured in the same way as a GPU such as a clock rate, and TFLOPs.

What GPU Is Equivalent to the PS5

When needing out about graphics cards, you may be interested in how the graphics card on a PS5 compares to other GPUs on the market. Such as those made for computers. Although, the GPU for the PS5 is custom made for it, here are some GPUs that are equivalent to the PS5.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming GPU, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 (Vega), and the GeForce RTX 3060 are equivalent to the GPU on the PS5. An easy metric to use is the TFLOPS, any graphics card that processes around 10 TFLOPS is equivalent to the GPU on the PS5.

If you were to use a GPU on a PC that has similar metrics to the GPU on a PS5 it would easily be able to play the latest graphics-intensive games on the highest graphics settings. Such as Fallout, and Dota 2.

Other GPU metrics you should take into account

The number of TFLOPs is a very accurate metric to compare the performance of graphics cards. And doing a side-by-side comparison of the TFLOPs of two different graphics cards will give you a good indication of which one is better or worse. However, the clock rate of the GPU and the VRAM are also good indications of a graphics card’s performance.

The clock rate and TFLOPs control how fast the GPU processes information. The memory also increases how much info can be stored on it at one time. A GPU with more memory can take more of the load from the CPU. This frees up the CPU to do other processing. In effect this makes the CPU and GPU combination perform much faster.

List of PC Graphics Cards Better Than the PS5

The PS5 has a very powerful graphics card, and when playing it it’s hard not to be impressed with how realistic the graphics are. With that said, what graphics cards are even better than the GPU in the PS5? Here’s a list:

  • EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Kingpin Hybrid Gaming,
  • Asus Rog Strix GeForce RTX 3090 OC,
  • Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Hof Premium,
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3080.

They can process around 30 TFLOPs, whereas, the PS5 graphics card can process around 10.3 TFLOPs.

A much broader list can be found on this page of this great website I found called GPU Monkey. It gives all the stats of virtually all GPUs. That specific page lists over 30 GPUs that produce more TFLOPs than the GPU on a PS5. But, there are a tonne more. Any GPU that can produce more than 10.3 TFLOPs is technically better than the GPU on a PS5.

What GPU Does the PS4 Have

Playstation 4

The PS4 was released in 2013, and as technology goes the processing power and graphics performance are now fairly old technology. However, it’s interesting to look at how far PlayStation consoles have come, and how much better the PS5 is compared to it. Here’s what the GPU the PS4 has. 

The PS4 has a custom AMD Radeon graphics card, that can operate at a maximum of 911 MHz, and can process a maximum of 1.84 FLOPS. The PS4 Pro is slightly faster and the GPU is about 10% more powerful. By comparison, a PS5 GPU has a GPU capability that is 10 times more powerful. 

As you’re likely aware, AMD is one of the top computer parts manufacturers. They have designed something custom for the PS4 that is built into the GPU into what is called an APU. 

The PS5 not only has more GPU power but also a processor that has a higher clock rate, and more RAM. These in combination make the PS5 MUCH faster and smoother at playing games. And can also play games with a much higher demand for graphics.

What GPU Is Equivalent to the PS4

The PS4 was very good for its day, and is still really enjoyable and plays games well even today. To see how the GPU on a PS4 compares to graphics cards for PCs, here’s what GPU is the same as that of a PS4.

The Radeon Pro WX 3200 (Polaris) made by AMD is equivalent to the GPU on the PS4. The GPU on a PS4 can process 1.84 TFLOPs. Top graphics cards companies could produce GPUs that can process 2.0 or more TFLOPs in 2010. So, most gaming GPUs after 2010 will be equivalent to or better than the GPU on a PS4.

The PS4 has a graphics card that could barely play the latest games on a PC such as Fallout and Dota 2. On the lowest graphics settings, a GPU that is equivalent to that of a PS4 would be playable on low to medium-low settings.

What GPU Does the Xbox Series X Have

XBOX Series X

The Xbox Series X was released in late 2020 and had more RAM and a faster processor than the previous Xbox consoles before it was released. To understand this console better, here’s what GPU the Xbox Series X has.

The Xbox Series X has a custom-designed AMD Radeon RDNA 2 GPU. It’s capable of cycling at 1.825 GHz and processing 12.16 TFLOPS. By comparison, the Xbox Series S has about 30% of the performance that an Xbox Series X has. 

The reason the Xbox Series X has a custom-built AMD graphics card is that it’s technically an APU. Rather than a GPU that is a separate component. I explained this in more detail above, under the heading about why Playstation console GPUs are different from computer GPUs. 

The long and short of it is that an Xbox Series X has a graphics card that is built into the CPU. This combination is known as an APU. So, you can’t simply swap out the graphics card for a newer or better graphics card. Here’s a side by side comparison of the specs of an Xbox Series X and an Xbox Series S:

  • Xbox Series X – 1.825 GHz, 12.16 TFLOPS
  • Xbox Series S – 1.565 GHz, 4.01 TFLOPS

As you may know, the Xbox Series S was released to be a more affordable option for an Xbox and is for customers who aren’t too fussed with having the absolute best Xbox console. It’s cheaper because the specs on it are better than previous Xbox consoles but isn’t as good as the Xbox Series X.

As well as, a slightly slower processor and a GPU that offers significantly less performance it also has about 60% of the RAM that an Xbox Series X has. It has 10 GB of RAM, whereas, and Xbox Series X has 16GB of RAM.

As you can see the clock speed is quite similar and the Xbox Series S and is slower by about 20%. But, the TFLOPS is only ⅓ that of the Xbox Series X.

What GPU Is Equivalent to the Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X compared to previous consoles has seriously good performance. But, how does it compare to other graphics cards produced for gaming PCs?  

The AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 (Vega), and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 are equivalent to the GPU of an Xbox Series X. They can process around 12 TFLOPs. There are other metrics that determine how well a GPU performs. But, the number of TFLOPs is a very accurate ballpark and is a good indication.

The graphics performance of a GPU that has equivalent performance to the GPU on an Xbox Series X is fairly amazing. On a scale from 1 to 10 for how well it compares to every possible GPU on the market, currently as of 2022 it’s about an 8 out of 10.

Its performance could more than handle the latest PC games on the highest graphics settings.

List of PC graphics cards better than the Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X has a very powerful graphics card, processor, and a high amount of RAM. But, there are many graphics cards that are much better than it. Below is a list of just some of them:

  • Sapphire Nitro+ AMD Radeon RX 6900,
  • Gigabyte Radeon Rx 6800 XT,
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Kingpin Hybrid Gaming,
  • Asus Rog Strix GeForce RTX 3090 OC
  • Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Hof Premium
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3080.

There are now many many more graphics cards that are FAR superior to the graphics card in an Xbox Series X. A good way to sort them is by the memory, clock rate, and TFLOPs. There are far too many to list in this article. But, above is a good list they can process 20 to 30 TFLOPs or more with 2 to 3 times the processing power of the graphics card in the Xbox Series X.

What GPU Does the Xbox One Have

XBOX One

The Xbox One is a solid gaming console but was released in late 2013, so it’s nowhere near as good as the latest consoles. With each new iteration of gaming consoles that comes out, the GPU has a significant upgrade. So, what is the GPU on the Xbox One?

The Xbox One has an AMD Radeon GPU that is custom designed for it. The Xbox One Original has a clock rate of 853 MHz, the Xbox One S has a clock rate of 914 MHz, and the Xbox One X has a clock rate of 1.172 GHz. It can process 6.0 TFLOPs, which is about half the performance of the Xbox Series X.

If you were to use a graphics card that is the same as the GPU in the Xbox One you would find that it can barely play the most popular graphics-intensive PC games such as CS: GO, and Fallout. It could be used to play these games but only on the lowest setting.

What GPU Is Equivalent to the XBOX One

The Xbox One is a bit outdated now and the newer console versions have much better performance across the board. With that said, how good is the graphics card in the Xbox One, and what is an equivalent for gaming PCs?

The Radeon Pro WX 3200 (Polaris) is equivalent to the GPU in the Xbox One. It can process 1.4 TFLOPs. The Xbox One can process 1.84 TFLOPs. The number of TFLOPs is not the only metric but it is a good approximation. Other metrics to look at are the clock rate and memory of the GPU.

The GPU in the Xbox One has an almost identical graphics performance to the PS4. The Xbox Series X and PS5 have approximately 10 times the graphics performance as the Xbox One. 

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I started building and fixing PCs in high school. After a couple of years of offering consultancy to a PC repair shop, I became the goto guy for all my acquaintances for PC/Laptop related buying advice or troubleshooting.