iFixit conducted a thorough teardown of Microsoft’s latest gaming console, and found that it is easily repairable.
The crew at iFixit flew down to New Zealand to get their hands on one of the first Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft’s latest gaming console comes with an 8-core x86 APU from AMD, 16x SK Hynix 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM modules that come out to a total of 8 GB RAM, a Blu-ray/DVD drive and a 500 GB hard drive. At the back, there are two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out (left) and HDMI in (right), Kinect port, Digital optical audio out, and an Ethernet controller.
Under the hood, the console features a Marvell Avastar 88W8897 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi chip, which allows for Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, Bluetooth and wireless display functionality. Also included is Marvell Avastar’s 88W8782U WLAN SOC.
One of the main reasons for the size difference between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One was found to be the 112 mm fan. Sony’s PS4 includes an 85 mm fan. The iFixit team noted that the fan can easily be changed out should the need arise. The Blu-Ray drive is similarly changeable, as it connects to the motherboard via a standard SATA data connector.
Changing the hard drive on the Xbox One will void your warranty, but if you’re inclined in doing so, the drive is a standard 2.5 inch SATA II drive. However, it is not yet known at this stage whether the Xbox One will recognize an unformatted SATA drive. The drive that is included in the Xbox One is a Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST500LM012 500 GB 5400 RPM with 8MB cache and SATA II 3.0Gb/s.
iFixit concluded by giving the Xbox One a repairability score of 8/10, which is similar to what was awarded to the Sony PlayStation 4 in an earlier teardown.
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