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Teardown: Microsoft Xbox One X

31 August 2018
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

Microsoft Xbox One X. Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Xbox One X. Source: IHS Markit

Billed as "the world's most powerful console," the Microsoft Xbox One X supports 4K and high dynamic range (HDR), plus improved visuals and frame rates for selected games. According to Microsoft, the Xbox One X has 40% more power than any other console.

Additional specs from Microsoft:

  • Eight-core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz provides fast processing and smooth gameplay
  • 12 GB graphic memory and 326 GB/sec bandwidth enables quick load times
  • 6 Teraflop GPU offers life-like detail within immersive 4K environments
  • 8 Gb flash memory
  • 1 Tb HDD internal storage
  • Built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray optical disc drive

Microsoft Xbox One X: in-box accessories include (circular from top left) AC power cord, HDMI cable, (2) AA batteries and wireless controller. Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Xbox One X: in-box accessories include (circular from top left) AC power cord, HDMI cable, (2) AA batteries and wireless controller. Source: IHS Markit

IHS Technology Teardown Services teardown analysis overview:

Summary points:

  • Latest XBox console with 4K gaming support
  • 1 TB 2.5 in HDD and Blu-ray optical drive
  • Microsoft's Scorpio engine system-on-chip (SoC) (developed in partnership with AMD)
  • 12 GB GDDR5 SDRAM

Microsoft Xbox One X main enclosure assembly. Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Xbox One X main enclosure assembly. Source: IHS Markit

Target market: Mass market

Release date: Q4 2017

Pricing and availability: $499 USD retail, worldwide

Total manufacturing cost: $441.67 (including direct materials and manufacturing)

Microsoft Xbox One X main PCB. Colored areas indicate: processing (blue); power supply (red); memory (green); I/O and interface (yellow). Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Xbox One X main PCB. Colored areas indicate: processing (blue); power supply (red); memory (green); I/O and interface (yellow). Source: IHS Markit

Major components:

  • Console SoC, eight core AMD Jaguar 2.3 GHz CPU, AMD Radeon 1.17 GHz GPU, 16nm - Manufacturer: Microsoft Corp. - Manufacturer part number: X950118-002 - (Quantity: 1)
  • SDRAM, GDDR5, 1 GB, 1.5 V - Manufacturer: SK Hynix Inc. - Manufacturer part number: H5GQ8H24MJR-R4C - (Quantity: 12)
  • Hard drive, 1 TB, 2.5 in, SATA 6 Gb/s, 5400 RPM, 128 MB Cache - Manufacturer: Seagate Technology LLC - Manufacturer part number: ST1000LM035 - (Quantity: 1)
  • Blu-Ray ROM drive, slot load, internal, SATA - Manufacturer: Philips & Lite-on Digital Solutions Corp. - Manufacturer part number: DG-6M5S - (Quantity: 1)
  • Eight-layer, FR4, lead-free - Manufacturer: Tripod Technology - (Quantity: 1)
  • Switching power supply, 244 W, Output: 12 V/20.4 A, with IEC320-C8 inlet - Manufacturer: Chicony Power Technology Co. Ltd. - Manufacturer part number: M1014769-006 - (Quantity: 1)
  • Wireless XBox One controller - (Quantity: 1)
  • SoC heatsink, two thermal liquid-filled stamped copper plate, 60 aluminum fins, one extruded/machined aluminum bracket, with one label, four pressed-in threaded metal inserts, and thermal transfer material - (Quantity: 1)
  • Blower, DC brushless, 12 V DC, 0.70 A, with fan enclosure, four discrete insulated wires, and one four-position pin socket connector - Manufacturer: Aavid Thermalloy LLC - Manufacturer part number: PABD1A230BH - (Quantity: 1)
  • Southbridge/clocks/system control - Manufacturer: Microsoft Corp. - Manufacturer part number: X861949-007 - (Quantity: 1)
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