Zhongshan Subor Z+ will come out in two varients, one of them will be a gaming PC with Windows and the other one will be a console. Zhongshan Subor is a Chinese company that has partnered with AMD for their hardware requirements. Something of a joint project between the two, involving a investment of around 58M USD.
The PC/Console will be powered by a custom AMD processor, with 4 cores running at 3.0 GHz, along with a Radeon Vega GPU with 24 compute units running at 1.3 GHz. This should be considerably more powerful than the base PS4 and Xbox one, somewhere around the lines of the PS4 Pro but definitely weaker than the Xbox One X.
AnandTech had done an analysis of the PCB images that surfaced from ChipHell, and they found out that the SoC was surrounded by 8GB of GDDR5 modules. The GPU also seemed to have 256 GB/s of bandwidth, based on a 256-bit bus. The SoC is in 10 phases, divided in a 8+2 arrangement. AMD clarified in the official announcement, that the GDDR5 module is outside the chip, not inside as they had claimed initially.
- Four CPU Cores at 3.0 GHz, with multi threading
- Radeon Vega clocked at 1.3 GHz, 4 teraflops of compute power
- 8GB of GDDR5 at 256 GB/s
- OS on PC version: Windows 10
- OS on Windows version : Windows 10 with Z+ Custom Interface
- Low Power Mode, pulling just 30W
- 4.9 liter body, built-power supply, ‘excellent’ heat dissipation design
- ‘Ultra-Mute’ 33 dB at full load
- Customizable appearance, maybe RGB customisation.
- Comes with WiFi and BlueTooth 4.1
- Standard 128GB M.2 SSD and optional 1TB HDD
- SPDIF Fibre Audio interface
- HDMI 2.0, HDCP 1.4 with 4K support at 60 fps
- 4 USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports
Coming to the software, the company will launch two varients, one will be a PC and the other one will be a console. The PC version will run a standard version of Windows. The console part is interesting, they too will have Windows, but will have custom software over it, maybe something like Steam’s Big Picture Mode or Origin’s full screen mode.
The system’s website confirms the use of Windows 10, which will be the enterprise version. The enterprise version might give the manufacturers more control over the implementation of software. They also claim to have exclusive AAA games for their system.
They are marketing this gaming Console/PC as a powerful entertain device for Chinese families, so we might not get a international version in the near future. The Zhongshan Subor Z+ does seem to have good specs, but implementation will be the key to it’s success. As the gaming PC/Console market is very competitive, any new platform will need a good amount of exclusives to stay relevant.