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Xbox Series X Boasts 70 Percent More Airflow Than Previous Generation

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The heatsink alone provides 20 percent more airflow than the Xbox One.


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It’s been a strange couple of weeks for the Xbox Series X and PS5. The former has 12 TFLOPS of GPU performance, which theoretically should make it the more powerful console. However, the latter features a seemingly faster SSD solution while still having 10.28 TFLOPS of performance.

Given the power that each console is packing, they each have different ways of handling cooling. The PS5 uses a new system to reduce fan noise (though the cooling system was reportedly “unusually” expensive). As for the Xbox Series X, principal designer Chris Kujawski spoke to Digital Foundry about the console’s design dictates the overall airflow. It’s apparently 70 percent more than the Xbox One.

“With all that power, you have to move a lot of air and you want to move it quietly. We studied many different ways…


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