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    Ben does a teardown of the Xbox One X. Its been marketed as the smallest and most powerful Xbox but can it live up to the hype when Ben compares the size to an Xbox One Slim?  He takes the apart to examine the CPU/GPU aka APU, the heatsink, the harddrive, the RAM, the connectors, and the power.  He also compares the design against previous Xbox consoles, as well as, Sony PlayStation consoles.



    The main system weighs approximately 10 pounds so it’s pretty heavy compared to previous iterations. To test Microsoft’s claim that the Xbox one is the smallest and more powerful iteration of Xbox One, Ben puts it up against the shell casing of the Xbox Slim. The Xbox One X is about 5 millimeters wider than the Xbox One Slim.  Using a caliper to measure he discovers that the Xbox Box One X is 3.8 inches deeper and .14 inches wider than the Xbox One Slim. The Xbox One X is slightly shorter, 2.5 inches against 2.36 inches so that is the basis for Microsoft calling it the smallest Xbox One.  While that is debatable, what is not is the fact that it is definitely the heaviest Xbox One. The Xbox One was originally suppose to be a cable box so it had HDMI In and Out which got quietly dropped.  The Xbox One X brought the HDMI In and Out back.

    Ben removes the Hex screws from the Xbox One case. It comes apart easily after removing two screws.  The CPU appears to be mounted upside down.  Outside of that, it’s fairly standard Xbox construction.  The wireless module is outside the RF cage because it can’t transmit through metal.  Inside the case you can see what the USB hub connector, sync button, and IR detector look like. The assembly of the Xbox is more straightforward than recent Sony consoles. The Blue ray player has a SATA connector and the same power connector as the original Xbox. The 1 TB Seagate hard drive is a laptop sized SATA spinner disc with an adapter at the end that has the standard SATA connector, 5 volts, and ground. Ben removes the fan to reveal the heat sink. It’s a big hunk of copper with a pinched off portion that seems to be their new vapor cooling chamber.

    Ben removes the Xclamp to break the seal and gives a recap on what he’s found so far. The Xbox One X has a super copper heat with a vapor chamber inside of it,  a more standard steel radiator on it, a very large die which is a GPU CPU combination, and a power regulator sunk into the heatsink.  Compared to the old Xbox 360, it’s a pretty efficient design.  The old Xbox 360 was filled with regulators, coils everywhere, and lots of capacitors.  Looking at the main board you can see 12 gigabytes of RAM.  The earlier consoles only had eight gigabytes as does the PlayStation 4 Pro. The motherboard is designed upside down so it has surface-mount HDMI and USB upside down so that it’s the right side up when the unit is lying flat, and the connect port is gone.  Ben shows you what the wireless controller front panel and wireless connection panel look like. The Xbox One X is the easiest Xbox to disassemble since the original Xbox.