The Xbox One is a pretty dated console keeping in mind that multiple new consoles have been released since the original came out in 2013. You might be interested in building a PC that is similar to or better than the original Xbox One. In this article, we are going to go over the PC GPU that is equivalent to the Xbox One.
What graphics card is comparable to the Xbox One? To get Xbox One quality graphics and performance the GTX 750 and AMD HD 7790 are the closest to the Xbox One on paper. However if you’re looking for similar performance in the latest games we would recommend the GTX 1050 or GTX 1650 graphics card.
Let’s jump in and take a look in more detail.
What is the Equivalent GPU for Xbox One?
The Nvidia GTX 750 or AMD HD 7790 are the closest PC GPUs to the original Xbox One. These are pretty old graphics cards. If you got the relatively new Nvidia GTX 1050 or GTX 1650 then you would get better performance than the Xbox One even though these are entry-level graphics cards.
Do note that comparing a PC graphics card to a console is like comparing an Apple to an Orange. It is not really fair as consoles have specific hardware and developers are able to optimize their games according to said hardware. Things are very different for PCs are consumers can pick from a wide variety of CPUs and graphics cards. The level of optimization is just not the same.
This is why we have compared the performance on paper and the actual in-game performance below.
Teraflop to Teraflop Performance Comparison
The Xbox One has 1.31 Teraflops of throughput. The Nvidia GTX 750 has a throughput of 1.4 Teraflops and the AMD HD 7790 has a throughput of 1.7 Teraflops. The recent GTX 1050 offers 1.8 Teraflops and the 1650 has 3 Teraflops of throughput.
So, on paper, both of these graphics cards are more powerful than the Xbox One but the performance might not be on par when playing the same games on PC and the Xbox One because of different factors such as optimization.
Real-World Performance Comparison
The Xbox One targets 30 FPS in games at 900p to 1080p resolution on average. This obviously varies from game to game. While games are optimized for consoles in order to take advantage of the hardware inside, the same cannot be said about PC hardware.
The Nvidia GTX 750 and AMD HD 7790 are perfectly capable of running competitive games like Overwatch and Fortnite at 1080p 60 FPS at low to medium settings but if you are interested in playing more intensive games at 60 FPS then you are going to need a better graphics card.
That is why I recommended the newer Nvidia GTX 1050 and 1650 cards as they have the newer architectures and perform better in modern games. Pricing of graphics cards is all over the place right now, so you can get the variant that is the cheapest.
Note that consoles have specific hardware specifications which makes it easier for developers to optimize their games. PCs have infinite combinations of graphics cards, CPU, and RAM. This can make optimization very challenging. That is why you need a more powerful graphics card on PC in order to get an ideal experience.
Recommend Graphics Cards
We recommend going with the Nvidia GTX 1050 or the newer GTX 1650 graphics cards in order to get better performance than the Xbox One. Do note that the pricing of graphics cards is all over the place right now and much higher than the MSRP. We do not recommend overpaying for GPUs. The following are the graphics cards that we recommend:
Zotac GTX 1650 OC
The Zotac GTX 1650 OC is a very small and compact card and fits into pretty much any PC case. There is a single fan on the card to keep the temperature in check when under load. The card features the Turing and comes with 4GB of GDDR6 memory. The GPU is overclocked out of the box and can boost to 1620 MHz. For output, you get a single DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and DVI-D. It features 896 CUDA cores.
This is a budget entry-level graphics card, so you do not get anything fancy like RGB lighting or a backplate. This is still a GTX 1650 at its core, so you will be able to run pretty much any game at 1080p at 60 FPS at relatively high settings.
- New Turing Architecture
- 4GB 128-bit GDDR6
- Super Compact 5.94-inch Card, Fits 99% of Systems
- Dual slot, 4K Ready, PCI Bus Powered
- DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI-D
- Boost Clock 1620 MHz
Asus GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition
You can find the older GTX 1050 Ti at a more reasonable price. This is the Phoenix Fan Edition from Asus and comes with 4GB of VRAM and a single fan to keep it cool. The graphics card has 768 CUDA cores which is fewer than the GTX 1650 but the price is lower as well.
Even with the fewer CUDA cores, the graphics card can run pretty much any game at 1080p 60 FPS at medium to high settings. For video output, you get a DVI-D port, HDMI port, and DP 1.4. Just like the 1650 above, this does not come with RGB lighting or a backplate.
MSI RX 570 Armor OC
On the AMD side of things, we can recommend the MSI RX 570 which is a great graphics card for 1080p gaming. The graphics card has 8GB GDDR5 VRAM and can boost to 1268 MHz. The card has a pair of fans to help it keep cool when under load. It features 2048 CUs and will run any game at 1080p.
On paper the GTX 750 is very close to the original Xbox One however if you want to get the same real world performance I would recommend checking out something like the GTX 1650 graphics card.
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