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Gamers Nexus has shared an intimate look at the inside of an Xbox Series X developer kit. One of the more shocking discoveries that Steve Burke made during his teardown related to the system’s memory; the SDK for Microsoft’s flagship console boasts a whopping 40 GB of RAM. This is 24 GB more than what the standard systems ship with.

Microsoft Banned Us: 40GB RAM Xbox Series X Developer Kit Tear-Down (XDK) (Gamers Nexus)

We got a Microsoft Xbox XDK (Devkit) for the Series X console, but because it was banned, our only content option was to do a tear-down. We discovered a huge amount of RAM!

This video features an Xbox Developer Kit that was custom-built for the Series X. We tried to use it offline first and attempted all forms of testing and gaming on it, even using it in offline mode and avoiding accounts, but unfortunately, Microsoft had already issued a hardware-level ban to this device that completely blocked it from even playing games that can run only off of the disc. If you know how to get around this, let us know!

Released in November 2020, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X features an SoC with a custom Zen 2 CPU (8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz [3.6 GHz w/ SMT]), custom RDNA 2 GPU (12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz), and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. The console’s availability seems to be improving as of late and is even available to purchase from Best Buy online at the time of this posting.

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