Xbox One Teardown

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

After eight years, Microsoft has finally released a proper successor to the Xbox 360—the Xbox One. Will this be the One Xbox to rule them all? Follow us as we journey into the tower of Microsoft's new console—coming to you straight from Mordor New Zealand!

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Edit Step 1 Xbox One Teardown  ¶ 

  • This is the One. The One we've all been waiting for this whole time. The Xbox One.

  • Think we're pulling your leg with all this New Zealand funnybusiness? Check out the folks in the background of this Xbox New Zealand release photo—that would be our very own Samantha Lionheart (in red) and Optimus Goldberg (in orange).

  • Tech Specs:

    • 8-core x86 processor

    • HDMI pass-through

    • 8 GB of RAM

    • 500 GB storage capacity

    • Blu-ray/DVD drive

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  • Before any teardown, we take a few test photographs.

  • We don't like to brag, but this is quite possibly the best picture of a roll of toilet paper we've ever seen. Or it just might be super-early in the morning.

  • This message is to all the toilet paper manufacturing companies out there: this is how it's done.

  • Full resolution in case you want to make it your wallpaper.

  • If anyone ever says that iFixit is not fond of toilet humor, feel free to point them to this teardown.

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  • The Day One Edition includes a commemorative controller, with appropriate inscription smack dab in the middle: "Day One 2013."

    • The design of the Xbox One controller builds on that of the Xbox 360 controller, with a few updates.

    • The development cost for the Xbox One controller exceeded $100 million, according to a Microsoft representative. Some of the prototypes featured built-in displays and cameras, a cartridge for emitting smells, and even a built-in projector.

  • Also tumbling out of the, er, box: the Kinect 2.0 unit and a miniature Xbox One enormous power brick.

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  • 'Round the back of the console, itself, we find:

    • Power Inlet

    • HDMI Out (left) and HDMI In (right)

    • Digital Optical Audio Out

    • Two USB 3.0 Ports

    • Kinect Port

    • Infrared Output and Ethernet Port

  • Possibly up to no good is a roguish third USB 3.0 port, manning the left side all by itself.

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  • Making our way to the bottom, we check the tags to find…power ratings in Spanish?

    • El Xbox One consume 180 Wh de energia y en modo de espera consume 20 Wh.

  • The Xbox One is identified as model 1540 and was designed by the Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA.

  • Our Xbox One was manufactured on October 14, 2013 in China.

  • And, in friendly words across the back, Microsoft says "Hello From Seattle."

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  • In hopes of finding some screws, or other magical entry point, we channel our inner dentist and use a metal spudger to remove the plaque rubber feet from the console.

  • Just like sitting in the dentist's chair, we have no luck here. No screws. No easy way in. Novocaine, please!

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  • Don't panic; we're prepared.

  • Despite the lack of screws, we find a way in with a plastic opening tool—prying the grille up.

  • This is similar to the Bottom Vent disassembly procedure in the Xbox 360.

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  • Speak, friend, and enter. Giving the right password and freeing some clips, we gain access to the innards of the Xbox One.

  • We flip open the top case, granting us a peek at the mines of Moria dark chambers within.

  • While our first peek doesn't reveal much, we are ready to venture through shadow and circuit…

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  • Our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set is almost as anxious to get into this console as we are.

  • The Pro Tech set was much easier to get through customs than our backup opening tools.

  • While we're not sure how they stand up against orcs, our screwdrivers are awesome for removing the small screws holding the Wi-Fi board in place.

  • A quick wave of our spudger, and the Wi-Fi board is out and ready for inspection.

    • Marvell Avastar 88W8897 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi Combination Radio Chip Supports 802.11ac, NFC, Bluetooth and Wireless Display

    • Marvell Avastar 88W8782U WLAN SOC w/USB 2.0 Interface Support

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  • This is interesting. And by interesting we mean unique. We've uncovered a speaker inside the Xbox One. Or it could be an early prototype of an arc reactor. Probably a speaker.

  • We're happy that this speaker is held in place with a simple plastic bracket—no tools required.

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  • There are eight 64 mm T9 Torx screws securing the upper metal shield to the chassis.

    • That is just over two-and-a-half inches of threaded fun!

  • Game consoles are one place where we haven't seen the smaller, lighter, thinner trend taken to extremes—and we're okay with that. We like a device with a little meat on its bones, if it means finding standard fasteners like these screws—a win for repairability.

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  • This is our first real glimpse inside the Xbox One.

  • Well, that was easy. The entire Xbox One assembly simply lifts off from the lower case.

    • We appreciate a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, hidden inside a hobbit hole as much as the next person, but for repair purposes, it's nice when things are a little more straightforward.

    • How much do we care about the Hobbit Hole breakfast at Denny's? Oh, you know…

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  • In another win for repairability, the Blu-ray/DVD drive is connected to the motherboard via a SATA data connector.

  • While we are tempted to re-watch the entire LOTR trilogy on Blu-ray, our own quest to destroy the One Xbox in the fires of the teardown table is more dire.

  • We take a look at the underside of the optical drive, finding a few ICs and a large ribbon cable:

    • Microsoft MS0DDDSPB1 1326-BTSL ATNGS501

    • Texas Instruments 37T AVY7

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  • Unfortunately, the Xbox One doesn't officially feature a replaceable hard drive—but then, we're not much for playing by the rules. Out it comes.

  • Bad news: replacing the hard drive requires voiding the warranty. Good news: it's a standard 2.5 inch SATA II drive. Unknown news: we're not sure if the Xbox One will recognize unformatted SATA hard drives.

  • Inside our Xbox One, we find a Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST500LM012 500 GB 5400 RPM with 8MB Cache SATA II 3.0Gb/s hard drive.

  • Newegg seems to have favorable reviews of this drive.

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  • Teardown update: We tossed the One's hard drive into one of the tech writers' secondary hard drive bays. We found five NTFS partitions:

    • Temp Content: 44 GB capacity, 27.1GB available (in an Xbox that we never turned on).

    • User Content: 391.9 GB capacity, none used.

    • System Support: 42.9 GB capacity, 34.1 GB available.

    • System Update: 12.8 GB capacity, 11.8 GB available.

    • System Update 2: 7.52 GB capacity, 7.47 GB available.

  • Sadly, we were not able to go the other way -- we didn't have a spare hard drive (in New Zealand) to put into the Xbox One. So that will have to wait for another day!

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  • The RF Module board detaches outward from the lower case.

    • The back of the RF Module board features one lone IC from Info Storage Devices labeled 9160F1MS03 1327 2317B057. We believe this is an Audio User Interface chip from Nuvoton.

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  • "X" marks the spot. The heat sink/fan assembly is secured to the motherboard with a few T9 Torx screws.

  • After the infamous red ring of death, we're not surprised to see a beefy cooling system on this Xbox.

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  • Wondering what the upside down teardown crew snacks on during teardowns?

    • Arnott's Shapes Chicken Crimpy (baked NOT fried).

    • Hello Panda biscuits

    • Yan Yan (x2)

    • Griffin's MallowPuffs

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  • We're happy to report that, should your new Xbox One have cooling issues, replacing the fan or heat sink is easy-breezy.

  • All it takes is a simple flick of the spudger to separate the 112 mm diameter fan from the heat sink.

  • That's one small step to replace, one giant leap for repairability.

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  • What do our elf eyes see? An army of integrated circuits. The heavy hitters include:

    • X887732-001 DG3001FEG84HR (includes AMD "Jaguar" 8-core CPU + AMD Radeon Graphics GPU)

    • 16x SK Hynix H5TQ4G63AFR 4 Gb (512 MB) DDR3 SDRAM (total of 16 x 512 MB = 8 GB)

    • X861949-005 T6WD5XBG-0003

    • SK Hynix H26M42003GMR 8 GB eMMC NAND Flash

    • ON Semiconductor NCP4204 GAC1328G Integrated Power Control IC

    • Realtek RTL 8151GNM Ethernet Controller

    • Texas Instruments TPS2590 3-V to 20-V High Current Load Switch

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  • The backside of the motherboard is a glorious, green field, void of any integrated circuits.

  • As always, a big thanks to the folks at Chipworks for helping us determine names of the doodads we found inside the Xbox One!

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  • Microsoft Xbox One Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair):

  • Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360.

  • Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced.

  • Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression.

  • The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you'll have to void the warranty if you'd like to upgrade/replace it.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Can you replace the HDD with another to see what happens?

bobbychong89, · Reply

Yeah, no brainer

Paulo Castor,

I'm curious if the replacement drive needs special formatting, or if the system has a built-in recovery 'partition' that will format the drive and install the OS automatically on a stock hard-drive?

Ivan, · Reply

Id imagine it wouldn't have a recovery system since the user is not meant to replace the hdd wether upgrading or replacing through fault. every previous Ms console has had proprietary locked hard drives in some form

danguy2009,

I downloaded the full OS and day one patch from Microsoft website yesterday. if you replace the harddrive. u will need those files

Cesar Mattos,

Whos the fan OEM? Anything under that black sticker?

Doug Nagle, · Reply

Replace the disk to see if detected and auto formatted :)

gierso, · Reply

Definitely a mistake on MS' part to not officially support HDD replacement on the Xbox One. 500GB is nothing when your installing 25GB - 50GB games, music, and movies. I have a 2TB on my desktop PC build, and still can't install my entire Steam library. For guys like me 500GB just isn't gonna cut it. I'm sure we will know soon though if the HDD in the One is truly upgradeable or not.

Curtiss Porter, · Reply

But it will support external drives. External drives will support all functions that the internal does. So game installs will be supported.

Christopher Garcia,

Considering that both the ps4 and xbone use 2.5inch drives I dont really care that they are not upgradable. I would rather just by a 3-4tb external and attach it if needed, the difference between a usb 3 external and a sata 2 hdd are going to be negligible for load times.

Doug Nagle,

And the PS4 doesn't support external.

Christopher Garcia,

I've read that the Xbox1 is fast on boot and function but, do you guys think it will it benefit from an SSD? Same with the PS4, if anyone can telll. I know my PS3 OS is kinda slow and I'm considering exchanging it for an SSD.

Jeroham Ortiz, · Reply

Yeah, the 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9 has been announced but is it available yet? That would be a good replacement.

Nicholas Polydor, · Reply

So it has a Marvell Avastar 88W8897, meaning 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. All the specs I have checked so far just mention WiFi 802.11n and no BT. Does the ac network is working right out out of the box - sorry, after the first patch - or MS is saving it for future implementation?

The PS4 teardown confirmed that Sony's console has the 88W8797, with only 802.11 capabilities. This definitely gives extra point to Xbox One over the PS4 in terms of wireless connectivity.

Joe BF, · Reply

I saw that too. Really curious on that one.

Andrew Workmon,

Yeah, seems like Sony missed the trick entirely here. The XBox One Marvell chip supports 'ac' and beamforming tech although this is yet to be unlocked- and doubtless will be in the near future. I guess Sony must have been trying to save a few bucks on the BoM.

Dan,

I am so glad you did it so I didn't have to! Way too curious of what is inside!

John Pombrio, · Reply

Why didn't you do a teardown of the controller or the Kinect?

Jackintosh11, · Reply

Agreed! Also the power brick, please!

Dustin,

Is the PSU 110-240v?

Hyde Cheung, · Reply

Where is the 32MB ESRAM ?

DeepThought, · Reply

Its on the chip itself(manufactured into the same area as the cpu/gpu).

Doug Nagle,

I am now the proud owner of a toilet paper-featured desktop.

Peter Lo, · Reply

Try replacing the HDD.

Matt Clancy, · Reply

Can i assume that the system is rebuilt to working order. I know its a stupid question but anybody that has taking something apart knows that sometime things don't always put back together as easily..lol

jjjjjjjjjjjjjjj, · Reply

What speed does the blu-ray drive spin at?

Dan, · Reply

I honestly would have rather of had a 256GB SSD for the main drive and get some external storage going on ... performance would have been tremendously better.

Raz Black, · Reply

Price would have also been a lot "better". A cheap 256 gig SSD costs >160 USD, the Spinpoint M8 500 gig HDD costs 60 USD. So instead of 500 dollars for an XBOX One, it would've been closer to 600 dollars.

aleksivanttinen,

I downloaded the full OS and day one patch from Microsoft website yesterday.

if you replace the harddrive. u will need those files

Cesar Mattos, · Reply

The empty pads on the top of the mainboard are very interesting. There's a pair of switches marked "warm" and "cold". There's also empty bus connectors that are likely used for debugging.

sandylee83, · Reply

how is the score 8/10? you void the warranty, in order to swap HDD's. i don't think that's repair friendly.

o k, · Reply

where is the teardown of the powersupply! I need to know if I can replace that horrible noisy fan inside it. the console is very quiet but the powersupply is so loud. same BS as MS did with the slim :-(

marc, · Reply

Does anyone know the dimensions of the cooler bracket?? (Hole to hole) I'd be interested in knowing the socket style presumably it's a regular fm2+ cooler, could you confirm this?

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Al Deoliveia, · Reply

For sure, if someone is in the business of repairing XBox Ones, it would make lots of good sense to clone an XBox 2.5" SATA hard drive onto a spare drive, to be used in the future to replace a crashed drive. Open source disk drive cloning software like Clonezilla will clone any drive, with most any file system and partitioning. If, for any reason, Clonezilla would not do the trick, there are other disk cloning packages. But I've got to believe that Microsoft uses NTFS or maybe a Unix/Linux file system for the XBox One, although they have been known to do some really stupid things, like Vista and Windows 8.

Ben Myers, · Reply

Here's a tear down of the Xbox One PSU http://lifelearningsofanearthling.blogsp...

David Johnson, · Reply

LOL :-D Nice!

Rob, · Reply

HA HA. Excelent roll

Jacob Johnson, · Reply

where's the data connection of this board? i only see the antenna connector

allanxp4, · Reply

That speaker is the same that's used in LE 360's

Liam Hunt, · Reply

What's that USB port doing there?

Steve Vaneeckhout, · Reply

Am I the only one who's a little miffed that the size of the Xbox One could've been made smaller if they didn't have that relatively large open space there?

shokikugawa, · Reply

Serious question; Does there seem to be anything in here that could "break" if the console was rested on its side? This is assuming you're not using the disc drive and elevating the machine for proper ventilation.

brutedawg, · Reply

For a $500 console I guess Microsoft is still too cheap to put in a SSD drive or SATA III 6gb/s? WTH?

Rob, · Reply

So can the drive be upgraded to a faster and or larger one? SSD?

Dillon, · Reply

your partition sizes are wrong because you used OS X, which uses base 10 for sizes.

The blu ray drive is not likely replaceable. The Xbox 360 dvd drive used a DVD key to lock one drive to one mainboard. It will take some time before someone figures out how to get around this on the XBone.

adcurtin, · Reply

Base 10 is fine for this. The 500GB they advertise it with is base 10 as well.

martinkunze,

Mylar connectors on the optical drive. No wonder they are failing. I HATE Mylar connectors, only good for intermittent contacts and coming loose in shipping.

John Pombrio, · Reply

It was an RF board on the 360. There's no RF stuff on that board at all.

adcurtin, · Reply

There is an antenna there. That chip is obviously an ARM device, but danged if I can find any data on it anywhere.

Scott Morrison, · Reply

NCP4204 GAC1328G looks like a micro. It seems to have traces to the column of inductors just north of it.

X861949-005 T6WD5XBG-0003 must be some kind of proprietary io controller.

Nate Fisher, · Reply

The board you are calling the 'RF board' is most likely the propriatory link for the controllers (as they had on the Xbox/Xbox360), and just plugs onto a USB (???) connection on the motherboard.

Why they would use an external WiFi/BT board, is a bit of a question.... outsourced engneering? I wonder what connection protocol it uses to motherboard. Nice stitching of antenna cable to case.... not!!

Simon Wood,

I've really love to know what HDMI input is. What chipset, and how do they draw it to the screen? I'd presume the DMA it to the vram somehow.

Joe de Max, · Reply

SK Hynix H5TQ4G63AFB 4 Gb (512 MB) DDR3 SDRAM (total of 16 x 512 MB = 8 GB)

Is that a miss-print as there is no hynix part with *AFB BUT there is an *AFR (H5TQ4G63AFR)

Jose Fajardo, · Reply

any confirmation of Hynix DDR3 , as there is no AFB suffix, or this is a custom one ?

blueshine, · Reply

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