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Xbox One Teardown as Console Arrives in New Zealand

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a b 4 Gaming
November 21, 2013 1:29:24 PM

Honestly, I would like to see someone throw say a 512GB SSD or one of Seagates hybrid drives and do some tests. I think that would make the games load even faster.
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November 21, 2013 1:46:35 PM

Considering how slow HDD's are I have no doubt it would load REALLY fast.
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November 21, 2013 2:08:56 PM

I believe ign or gamespot did a HDD test with the stock hard drive, hybrid and ssd for thge PS$ so I can imagine they'll be doing one for the XBone as well.
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November 21, 2013 2:09:25 PM

Doubtful it'll be substantial because they will be bottlenecked. You're better off spending money on a much higher amount of storage space.
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November 21, 2013 2:19:39 PM

At any rate, it should only effect load times, and I believe in one instance they talked about a 20 second load time being reduced to about 10 seconds. The less expensive thing to do is, during a load time, take a drink from your favorite beverage, peer out the window, flick the ash from your cigarette, check for new txt msgs/emails on your smartphone, etc, and you'll never even notice the load time.
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November 21, 2013 3:02:34 PM

@Peacelol and banmaster. You are absolutely insane if you don't think a sataII SSD will out perform a 5400 HDD. By leaps and bounds man, leaps and bounds.
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November 21, 2013 3:13:14 PM

Yeah. What's up with using 5400 RPM hard drives in 2013? They should use at least 7200 RPM, FFS!
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November 21, 2013 4:19:28 PM

New Zealand FTW :) 
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November 21, 2013 4:41:07 PM

Aside from the HDD thingy, the assembly looks pretty nice and clean though... love how they designed it. ;) 
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November 21, 2013 5:13:28 PM

I love how the Blu Ray drive is sata, can you say easy FW flashing inc?
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November 21, 2013 5:40:39 PM

@sbudbud
Yeah should make things pretty straight forward. As long as they don't put hardware checks in place where the firmware has to match (same for the hard drive).
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a b 4 Gaming
November 21, 2013 5:50:36 PM

banmaster said:
If its 'only' sata2 like in the PS4 then an SSD really isn't going to make much of a difference other than a few seconds here and there with initial game loading.

Unless the game loads are ALL sequential ANY SSD will rock the hard drive even at SATA II.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 21, 2013 7:51:08 PM

Peacelol said:
Doubtful it'll be substantial because they will be bottlenecked. You're better off spending money on a much higher amount of storage space.


The best a 5400RPM HDD can do if you are lucky is probably 100MB/s. A SATA II SSD will normally push 250-300MB/s easily.

Add in the insanely higher IOPS, it will be much smoother in loading and if its a game that loads while playing, it will be less noticeable.

Even my SATAII RAID0 felt slow compared to my Intel X-25M SATAII SSD.
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November 22, 2013 1:59:47 AM

jryder said:
Yeah. What's up with using 5400 RPM hard drives in 2013? They should use at least 7200 RPM, FFS!


Console makers always try to skip out on places they shouldn't. It wouldn't even be that much for them, since they buy in bulk.
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November 22, 2013 5:37:57 AM

jryder said:
Yeah. What's up with using 5400 RPM hard drives in 2013? They should use at least 7200 RPM, FFS!


Meh, faster RPM, more heat, wears out faster. Considering MS's problems with heat last gen, I can sort of understand this move. 5400 vs 7400 RPM is longevity vs performance... I'll usually take longevity myself.
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November 22, 2013 9:24:28 AM

m32 said:
jryder said:
Yeah. What's up with using 5400 RPM hard drives in 2013? They should use at least 7200 RPM, FFS!


Console makers always try to skip out on places they shouldn't. It wouldn't even be that much for them, since they buy in bulk.


7200 RPM HDD's generally run hotter, consume more power and generally make more noise. Those could be a few factors of why they chose 5400 RPM for the drive.

However, if we forget about the heat dissipation in question since I think that would be their (Microsoft) biggest concern, there really is no reason for them to not put in a 7200 RPM HDD.

Or what stevejnb said. ;) 
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November 25, 2013 12:39:14 AM

5400 rpm 500GB Drive?

Loading, Loading, Loading,...............
Where's an SSD when you need one
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