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Xbox Series X Does Not Get Too Hot – Runs Cooler Than Most Hardware

The embargo on the Xbox Series X and its heat dissipation dropped yesterday which allowed media to share their experience with the console’s heat. Previously, reports claimed the console got very hot. Some even claimed it got “violently hot”. However, it seems that is far from the case. In fact, the Series X runs cooler than the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. While both of those devices are quite hot already, it just means the new Series X gets as hot as you would expect without a reason for concern.


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Multiple media publications and YouTubers shared their experience with the Xbox Series X heat. Jeff Grubb from VentureBeat ran a test using Hitman 2 across a new RTX 3080, PS4 Pro, One X and Series X. The hottest device after 10 minutes of playtime was the PS4 Pro. In second was the One X and then the Series X after that. NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 remained the coolest out of the lot. However, the GPU’s cooling is a whole different ballgame compared to the consoles tested.

Here’s a breakdown of the test via VentureBeat

Temp (C) Xbox Series X Xbox One X PS4 Pro RTX 3080/Ryzen 9 3900XT
Max Tmp 50.4 54.5 65 44.1
Avg. Tmp 47.7 52.1 62.5 35.5
Min. Tmp 38.9 50 60.1 32.1

Xbox Series X Heat

Jeff further goes to explain how the tests proved valuable. He claims the external temperature of the console never exceeded 59-degrees. This is compared to the PS4 Pro which peaked at 65-degrees and the Xbox One X at 60-degrees.

Austin Evans also tested the console’s thermals and fan sound with the tests peaking at 53-degrees. He claims the fan sound varies depending on the console’s position. Standing up the console hit 40db, lying down hit 49bd and covering the exhaust peaked at 51bd. To put this into comparison, Sony’s updated PS4 Pro console hits 48db during the most intense scenes and warm environments. This is quite close to the Xbox Series X max fan sound.

You can watch the full breakdown of the console’s heat and fan down below.

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