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The latest teardown video by Digital Foundry shows us internal aspects of the Xbox Series S

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There is a reason why there doesn’t exist many teardown videos of Microsoft’s latest consoles namely the XBOX Series S|X. The reason behind this is that Microsoft has put a lot of attention to details while manufacturing its next-gen consoles. Take Xbox Series S for an instance, it’s a very small console (27.5×15.1×6.5 cm) with a weight of a typical laptop (1.93kg).

However, this tiny device packs in a heatsink and powerful custom SoC designed by AMD. The chip is based on AMD’s Zen2 architecture and consists of 8-cores which are combined with 20 Compute Units based on RDNA2 graphics. Not just that but the tiny console is also installed with 10 GigaBytes of GDDR6 memory which is not even available for standard Pcs.

The latest teardown video of the console by Digital Foundry gives us some never before seen details about the internal architecture of the console. The video shows that the console sports a modular design, and every element of it is clearly labelled with some screws even colour-coded.

The Wifi, interface daughter boards, and power supply is modular, giving an easy way to disassemble and replace them if need be. However, such is not the case with the heat sink as it is neither easy to remove nor possible to completely put its back together. Microsoft has made it so that the heat shield above the memory if removed, cannot be put back in the same form.

The video also offers a closer look at the internal 512GB storage which is based on a custom Western Digital SN530 NVNe SSD, and this is also not easy to replace or upgrade. The only downside when it comes to the Xbox console comes from the fact that the heatsink and expensive Seagate expansion storage are not easy to replace or upgrade.

TechnosportsSony PlayStation 5Xbox Series XXbox Series SKFConsole
CPU7nm AMD Zen27nm AMD Zen27nm AMD Zen214nm Intel Core i9-9980HK
CPU Config  8C/16T  8C/16T  8C/16T  8C/16T
CPU Clock  up to 3.5 GHz  up to 3.8GHz  up to 3.6GHz  up to 5.0 GHz
GPU Config  36 CUs  52 CUs  20 CUs  30 SMs
GPU Clock  2.23 GHz  1.83 GHz  1.57 GHz  1.68 GHz
GPU Power  10.28 TFLOPS  12.15 TFLOPS  4 TFLOPS  6.5 TFLOPS
Performance Target4K up to 120fps4K up to 120fps1440p up to 120fps4K with RT
MSRP  $399*-$499  $499  $299TBC
Release DateNovember 2020November 2020November 2020TBC


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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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