I asked the author for his source's track record and this was his response:
I checked both articles and yep: he was the first confirming the name for AC:BF and the first screenshot came from him:
And his confirmation on "The Crew" was also right:
So the original rumor from B3D was this:
The author's own source now says the following:
The rumors state the following:
-The Xbox One GPU is getting an increase in clock speed
-The Xbox One DDR3 RAM will increase from 8GB to 12GB
-The Xbox One development team is asking for developer feedback on changes they would want to see hardware wise.
An upclock of 100MHZ would result in ~ 1.38TFlops for the GPU.
As I have said in the past, these rumors come and go and it's hard to justify reporting on every one. But when I approached a trusted source of mine regarding them... I was surprised by the answer, to say the least.
Essentially, my source has confirmed that the increase in GPU clock speed is 100% true, with the increase happening in direct response to the PlayStation 4. The increase has been a reality since before the reveal, as they have "been reacting to Sony ever since the first leaks of both systems." The news of this bump in clock speed was announced to first parties only, as they "actively spread disinformation to 3rd parties just before reveal to prevent leaks."
This is where things start to stray from the original rumor though. When asked about the increase in RAM (from 8GB to 12GB), the response I obtained was simply "I have heard nothing like that, the development kits have 12GB of RAM, but as far as I know the retail kits are locked in at 8GB."
The source also went on to state that "it wouldn't be much use given the actual speed (of said RAM)." As for current projects, they also are "too far gone for a bump to be beneficial" as many developers have been developing for the currently announced set of Xbox One specifications. He did mention that the possibility may still be there though, as the increase in RAM would help development of games 2014 and beyond when taking second screen gaming into consideration - something many developers have been focusing on.
But what about poaching developers for suggestions regarding the increase? Well, from my sources understanding, Respawn Entertainment may have been the ones lobbying for the RAM bump. This would actually make sense, as Respawn has been very clear and vocal about how the 5GB of RAM allotted for gaming on the Xbox One has already caused issues in development of TitanFall.
Like I said though, these are just rumors, and as the past has proven, rumors come and go while changing on the fly - please take all of these with a grain of salt.
Given the large box and the large fan, I can totally see this being true.
On another note, the downclock rumors maybe originated from MS trying to get 1000MHZ (random number) and had to go down to 900MHZ due to yield issues.