Microsoft released their new next-gen Xbox Series X and Series S consoles and we were waiting for the team over at iFixit to rip open this new console and let us see what is inside it. They have taken the tools to the new console to show its inner workings. Interesting points revealed during the Xbox Series X teardown are listed below and the iFixit team given the Xbox X with a repairability score of 7/10, 10 is the easiest to repair, and getting a 7 from the team means it is not that easy to repair by the third parties.
+Very few tools are needed to completely disassemble the console.
+All screws are standard T8 Torx fasteners.
+Once inside, the modular design allows for easy fan, optical drive, PSU, and wireless board replacements.
+The SSD is a modular, off-the-shelf part, but requires quite a bit of disassembly to access.
– Some critical component repairs are complicated by software locks.
“The Xbox Series X is a big fan of cooling. You can tell by the massive heatsinks, gobs of thermal paste, and well, the big fan. After years of death rings, Xbox is ditching thin and going for a beefy block of moderate-temperature gaming. We love most of the efforts to keep this cuboid cool and quiet—especially the clever dual-layered heatsink-sandwich.
All that said, we get a little heated thinking about the optical drive circuitry that’s still paired to the mainboard—so what should be an easy part swap leaves us sweating with anxiety. The encouraging modularity and relative lack of glue are tarnished by a few bad-faith maneuvers: the aforementioned locked hardware, some sneaky screw-hiding stickers, and peskily partitioned storage. It’s clear Microsoft put a lot of effort into keeping this hardware cool and functioning for many years. If only they put as much effort into making their most critical fixes easier to DIY.”
Details of the new Xbox Series X include:
– AMD custom 8-core 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz with SMT) Zen 2 CPU
– AMD custom RDNA 2 GPU (1825 MHz with 52 compute units)
– 16 GB GDDR6 RAM
– 1 TB of SSD storage (with an optional 1 TB expansion card)
– HDMI 2.1 connectivity with support for 8K video at 60 Hz, or 4K at 120 Hz
– 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
– Next-gen Velocity Architecture