The Xbox One X’s inner workings, revealed – CNET

The long-awaited reveal of “Project Scorpio,” now known to be the Xbox One X, finally arrived at Microsoft’s E3 pre-brief. Let’s take a peek inside.

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Microsoft says the Xbox One X is its smallest console ever by overall volume, and it is — barely. But its external aesthetic remains in line with previous iterations of the console.

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Here’s the internal power supply for the Xbox One X, which means you won’t have a giant brick on the power cord, like all previous Xbox consoles save the 2016 Xbox One S.

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This is the heart of the new Xbox One X — the Scorpio System on Chip (or SOC). That’s eight central processing unit (CPU) cores clocked at 2.3 GHz with a 6-teraflop graphics processing unit (GPU). Put simply, the Xbox One X has some impressive horsepower driving it.

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The Xbox One X will also see a big memory upgrade over the previous Xbox. It’s rocking 12GB of DDR5 RAM with bandwidth clocking in at 326GB/sec. 

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The Xbox One X includes all the familiar ports, including Ethernet, S/PDIF, HDMI in and out and three USB connectors, too.

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The Xbox One X will include a liquid-based Vapor Chamber cooling system, which is a first for consoles. That should make for a quieter and cooler system.

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On the back of that cooling system is a copper heatsink to connect to the motherboard.

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The fan will work with the cooling system to dissipate the heat the Xbox One X creates while running.

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The Xbox One X will also include a 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive, which Sony doesn’t have in the PS4 or PS4 Pro.

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All that silicon goodness is wrapped in a hard shell to keep the system safe.

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The Xbox One X will be backwards compatible with the Xbox One and One S. Every game you can play on earlier Xbox One consoles — including backwards compatible 360 and (eventually) OG Xbox titles — should work here, too.

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All these pieces will fit together to create the most muscular Xbox to date.

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