An AMD SoC chip codenamed Flute (which was later removed) has appeared in the UserBenchmark database. This mysterious SoC could be the brain behind Microsoft’s next-generation video game console, codenamed Project Scarlett, which Microsoft stated they’ ll use the AMD Zen 2 architecture and Navi graphics.
On the basis of the data displayed, the Flute chip is an eight-core 16-thread processor, apparently equipped with a master clock frequency of 1.6 GHz and a boost clock of 3.2 GHz. There is no official information on whether AMD Flute is based on Zen, Zen+ or Zen 2 microarchitectures, Microsoft has already stated that Project Scarlett uses a Zen 2 processor, therefore this ought to be the architecture considering that the console will be released in just over a year.
The Project Scarlett video game console is scheduled for release in late 2020
At present, AMD focuses on producing custom chips for Microsoft and Sony. The chip manufacturer is producing the Gonzalo AMD SoC for PlayStation 5, and with the release of AMD Flute, the new rumor is that SoC will drive the Scarlett project. The filtered Flute sample is currently identified by the code name “100-00000000000000000000004-15_32/12/12/18_13F9”. It’s a bit strange that the OPN (order part number) is included in the code name. On the other hand, it could mean that it is a Qualification Sample (EQ).
“AMD Flute would be the next generation XBOX Scarlett console SoC according to leaked data of UserBenchmark database.”
The AMD Flute sample contains the 13F9 PCIe ID, which alludes to Navi 10 Lite silicone. As we have recently seen in a Linux display driver, there are a number of variants of the Navi 10 Lite in a primitive state. AMD Gonzalo’s sample rating is PCIe ID 13F8 and is said to work with a 1.8 GHz iGPU (integrated graphics processing unit) clock. Unfortunately, the UserBenchmark entry did not list the speed of the AMD Flute iGPU before it was removed, so we didn’t know which console would be more powerful.