Digital Foundry has thoroughly tested the Xbox Series X, and we already have the most important data, which is to know the energy consumption of the most powerful console on the market, and of course, if this has a negative impact in terms of temperatures.
We start with how fast, the energy consumption compared to the top-of-the-range console of the previous generation, the Xbox One X, indicating that the Xbox Series X consumes between 0 and 2W of power in standby (vs 0.5W of the Xbox One X). In the console menu, better known as Dashboard, a consumption of 42W (vs 48.5W) is indicated, while in the games Rise of The Tomb Raider and Dead or Alive 6 a maximum power consumption of 151W / 165W of respective way (vs 170W / 177W).
Of course, if we put a more advanced game, such as the Gears 5, we are talking about the energy consumption of 211W, not bad if we consider that the console includes a 315W power supply (only the GeForce RTX 3080 has a TDP 320W). The Yakuza: Like a Dragon at 1440p @ 60 FPS consumed between 140 – 160W , while DiRT 5 usually consumes 160W even @ 120 FPS.
Another important point was the temperature, and that is that the specialized media in consoles were alarmed when they detected that the console was expelling a lot of hot air (if they think it is going to release ice), and that is that all the heat has to be dissipated to the outside and that It is good news, that the heat goes out and does not stay inside.
According to Digital Foundry analyzed with a thermal camera, the new console is hotter than the Xbox One X, something obvious due to the increase in power, indicating that the hottest point of the console case was 48.7ºC (you touch it, it is hot but you do not burn), while when pointing the thermal camera from the top to see the interior of the system, the maximum temperature was 62.1ºC, something that will alarm the little understood, but that in PC are even temperatures more than good for such a system in such a compact chassis where we have an 8-core AMD Ryzen 3000 along with a graphics that has a performance similar to that of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. We will have to wait to see if it is possible to know the temperatures at the silicon level, which will be higher.
For reference, a PlayStation 4 Pro was capable of exceeding 52ºC on the chassis surface. Unfortunately, no data regarding the loudness of the system is mentioned.