PlayStation 4 Pro Latest News & Update: Building a PC Gaming Rig Powerful Enough to Mimic PS4 Pro
Now that there are plenty of information and details about PlayStation 4 Pro already, there is a good thought about what will happen if we build a PC that will sport the same specs. Regardless of who will end up cheaper, gamers can opt for PC upgrade to match that of PlayStation 4 Pro and this is going to be their guide.
Starting with the CPU, remember that PlayStation 4 Pro is running an octa-core AMD processor. It makes more sense to match another PC-based CPU for its equivalent. Gamers can opt for AMD FX-8350 in their PC to at least mimic the computing power of PS4 Pro.
Now here is the catch, PlayStation 4 Pro is using two-in-one integrated CPU and graphics that is very similar to laptops and portable PC. While it is tempting to simply grab a laptop with same specs, most of them aren't really built for gaming so better use a separate graphics processor instead. The best candidate here is Radeon RX 480 which is AMD's 5.8 teraflops Polaris GPU.
GameSpot have foreseen that there is a tendency to argue that RX 470 is better because of teraflop that is very close to PlayStation 4 Pro. However, RX 480 is also a nice PC equivalent since GDDR5 VRAM is another category where both PS4 Pro and PC can meet halfway. It is easy to dismiss RX 470 because of VRAM issue which is just half of what PS4 Pro has. After all, VRAM is an important element to push 2160p resolution or 4K.
Looking into PCGamesN who did the same challenge, they opt for AMD Athlon 5350 which runs close to PlayStation 4 Pro's 2.1GHz power. Then GPU was fixed with same Radeon RX 480 plus 8GB GDDR5 and 8GB DDR3 memory.
Now for the pricing, remember that PlayStation 4 Pro will cost at an estimated $400 when it hits the road. On the contrary, both PC builds are pricier albeit more flexible. The FX-8350 build will cost gamers roughly $700 while Athlon 5350 build is cheaper at $500.