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Check out this wicked Xbox Series S teardown, impressively designed

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Series S console gets a teardown treatment, we get to see how it ticks internally -- and it's impressive.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Aug 13 2021 8:07 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Sep 14 2021 3:37 AM CDT

Microsoft's second-most-powerful next-gen Xbox has been thrown under the teardown microscope, with the Xbox Series S looking mighty sharp for its small footprint. Check it out:

The folks over at Digital Foundry have pulled apart the Xbox Series S console, after it stopped working -- to see what it looked like inside. The design of the Xbox Series S is impressive, given how small it is: measuring in at 27.5 x 15.1 x 6.5cm and weighing in at 1.93kg (4.25lbs).

Microsoft is using a chunky heat sink to cool that semi-custom SoC designed by AMD, with the CPU side of things packing 8 cores based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture... while on the GPU side of things, we have 20 Compute Units based on the RDNA 2 graphics architecture with 10GB of GDDR6 memory.

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You can see the heat sink, CPU, GPU, and thermal pads all looking great -- with a beautiful modular design that makes me want to pull one apart. The Wi-Fi, interface daughter boards, and PSU are all modular. The heat sink, however, isn't capable of being removed easily -- and if you do, you won't be able to put your Xbox Series S back together again.

There is a heat shield above the memory that isn't made to be removed, and once it is, it can't be placed back together.

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Not only do the CPU and GPU get a good gander at, but the 512GB SSD and PSU inside of the Xbox Series S get some up-close-and-personal photos. Microsoft is using a custom Western Digital SN530 NVMe SSD -- which cannot be easily replaced or upgraded.

512GB is pathetically low inside of a next-gen console... and with no way to upgrade the internal SSD, you're forced to buy expensive Seagate expansion storage unfortunately.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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