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I was just wondering what everyone else's Xbox One X sounded like when playing?

I noticed that when playing gears 4 ( disc copy ) my One X Scorpio fans were on full.

The Xbox wasn't too hot and is well ventilated, however it is making a swooshing sound every 20-30 seconds and blowing a lot of hot air out of the sides.

When I swapped to Netflix this instantly stopped and went silent and when I booted gears back up it started again almost straight away.

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Mine has been nearly silent across the board. It's kind of a low droning, but with game volume on normal, I can't hear it at all. Disc shouldn't matter, all that is for is proof of ownership, it should be reading everything from the hard drive.

 

So, not sure about yours, I'd keep a close ear on it, but I haven't had any issues with the fan at all so far.

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I was just wondering what everyone else's Xbox One X sounded like when playing?

I noticed that when playing gears 4 ( disc copy ) my One X Scorpio fans were on full.

The Xbox wasn't too hot and is well ventilated, however it is making a swooshing sound every 20-30 seconds and blowing a lot of hot air out of the sides.

When I swapped to Netflix this instantly stopped and went silent and when I booted gears back up it started again almost straight away.

 

Are you playing in 4K mode? I've had that happen once. I assume it is just venting hot air from the vapor cooling system when the console hardware is being stressed.

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When setting it up, downloading updates and transferring game saves from my old xbox, the One X was almost silent.

I played about 10 mins of recore and again it was almost silent.

The next day I did a session of horde on gears 4 ( performance mode ). After wave 50 finished I removed my headset to hear the swooshing sound ( like a jet engine ). It does not sound broken and is a swoosh of air been pushed out of the sides of the console every 30 seconds.

I am guessing that if the console hits a certain temp it will do this to keep it cool, however I am worried that this may not be healthy for it for such a long period.

The next day I started gears again and the swooshing started after about 20 mins. I went back to the gears main menu and left it for 5 mins but the swoosh continued. It stopped instantly when I removed the disc ( which was cold ) and returned home. As soon as I booted it back up the swoosh started again.

I will test with some different games and a different location for the console this weekend to see if it helps.

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I have now managed to fix this issue.

 

 

Previously my One X was where my One S used to be ( which I never had any issues with ) in a TV cabinet.

This was the only device on the shelf and had a full open front, 15cm clearance on both the left and right, 15cm clearance at the back with no loose wires and a hole in the back of the cabinet, and 8 cm clearance at the top.

 

 

I removed an extra shelf to now give 25cm clearance at the top and sat the one X on 4 small blocks on each corner to allow a 5cm clearance at the bottom as well. The fans now only kick in occasionally ( once an hour ) rather than every 30 seconds and the xbox is running a lot colder.

 

 

I did notice that the back right of the One X ( where I think the main chips are ) does get warm even when it is turned off in standby mode, So I am unsure if it needs extra ventilation compared with previous models or if mine is just running hotter than most.

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I have now managed to fix this issue.

 

 

Previously my One X was where my One S used to be ( which I never had any issues with ) in a TV cabinet.

This was the only device on the shelf and had a full open front, 15cm clearance on both the left and right, 15cm clearance at the back with no loose wires and a hole in the back of the cabinet, and 8 cm clearance at the top.

 

 

I removed an extra shelf to now give 25cm clearance at the top and sat the one X on 4 small blocks on each corner to allow a 5cm clearance at the bottom as well. The fans now only kick in occasionally ( once an hour ) rather than every 30 seconds and the xbox is running a lot colder.

 

 

I did notice that the back right of the One X ( where I think the main chips are ) does get warm even when it is turned off in standby mode, So I am unsure if it needs extra ventilation compared with previous models or if mine is just running hotter than most.

 

The One X draws significantly more power than the One S and that is where the PSU is (back right corner).

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The fan on mine is whirring away almost constantly when playing a game, doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a disc or digital game. Netflix, YouTube and the like seem ok. My S was loads quieter than my week old X, barely ever heard the S.

 

Bit disappointed with the noise levels, I’ve read it was supposedly pretty quiet, but that’s not the experience I’m having.

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Have you tried placing your one x in a different location? this helped fix my issue with the fans running on full. I previously had plenty of ventilation but after giving mine even more ventilation at the top, my fans now run silent.

I think the problem was that the One x does not have a fan on the top like the One S, so the hot air coming out of the sides sat above the console.

I now have 15cm left, right and back and 20+cm above with full open front. Any thing less than this caused the fans to kick in.

Also make sure non of the wires at the back go near the right hand side of the console as this is the hottest part.

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Have you tried placing your one x in a different location? this helped fix my issue with the fans running on full. I previously had plenty of ventilation but after giving mine even more ventilation at the top, my fans now run silent.

I think the problem was that the One x does not have a fan on the top like the One S, so the hot air coming out of the sides sat above the console.

I now have 15cm left, right and back and 20+cm above with full open front. Any thing less than this caused the fans to kick in.

Also make sure non of the wires at the back go near the right hand side of the console as this is the hottest part.

 

I haven’t really got anywhere else it could go, it’s in the same spot as my S used to be, there’s only the one shelf on my tv unit, with the TV above that. My X has clearance of maybe 6 or 7cm on all sides, in an open unit, no doors or back to the unit.

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UberPirateNinja It sounds like your one x is positioned exactly like mine was. I also had a one s sat there for many a long session without any issue but I found the one x needs more ventilation at the top.

 

 

I had to remove a draw from my unit and then lower the top shelf that my one x was on to give more top clearance ( massive pain ) and this fixed the issue.

 

 

I found that the one s has a top fan, which moves all the hot air away. the one x does not have a top fan so any heat coming off the console sits above it, which then heats the console even more. Mine never felt that hot but this must because the fans were running at full.

 

 

I would suggest leave yours on for an hour, then feel the bottom of the shelf above your console. If this is warm at all, then you need more top ventilation.

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UberPirateNinja It sounds like your one x is positioned exactly like mine was. I also had a one s sat there for many a long session without any issue but I found the one x needs more ventilation at the top.

 

 

I had to remove a draw from my unit and then lower the top shelf that my one x was on to give more top clearance ( massive pain ) and this fixed the issue.

 

 

I found that the one s has a top fan, which moves all the hot air away. the one x does not have a top fan so any heat coming off the console sits above it, which then heats the console even more. Mine never felt that hot but this must because the fans were running at full.

 

 

I would suggest leave yours on for an hour, then feel the bottom of the shelf above your console. If this is warm at all, then you need more top ventilation.

 

Cheers for the help dude. I can’t really do anything like move the shelves or take bits out of the unit, it’s quite a solid unit, with no adjustments or anything. Could try and persuade the wife of the need for a new TV unit I guess, but after I managed to convince her of the essential-ness of the X (plus a further £500 on a 4K TV), I fear my luck has likely run out. lol

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Mines pretty loud. I don’t believe all these people who say theirs is silent. They either have bad hearing or just aren’t that sensitive to it. Mine is more on a par with the PS4 now for noise levels.

 

Generally it’s quiet, but like the PS4, certain games and scenes send it into a frenzy. F1 2017 is an example, start career and sit in the motor home and the fans go wild.

 

I’m very disappointed in the noise it makes (I’ve had 2,both the same) and am more annoyed at all the reviews that said it was silent. Clearly lies. Such a shame MS have dropped the ball on this, quiet Running was one of Xbox’s biggest selling points for me and that’s now gone.

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Mines pretty loud. I don’t believe all these people who say theirs is silent. They either have bad hearing or just aren’t that sensitive to it. Mine is more on a par with the PS4 now for noise levels.

 

Generally it’s quiet, but like the PS4, certain games and scenes send it into a frenzy. F1 2017 is an example, start career and sit in the motor home and the fans go wild.

 

I’m very disappointed in the noise it makes (I’ve had 2,both the same) and am more annoyed at all the reviews that said it was silent. Clearly lies. Such a shame MS have dropped the ball on this, quiet Running was one of Xbox’s biggest selling points for me and that’s now gone.

 

Mine is silent to near silent. When the console is stressed, I can hear a little bit of fan noise. When I am playing something like Overwatch that doesn't stress the system, zero noise. The console sits about 3 feet from me and my hearing is fine.

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Yeah my hearing is fine. My console is silent like 95% of the time. The only time the console has been remotely noisy is if I'm watching a 4K blu-ray, even then it's still fairly quiet.

 

But even then the console sound isn't that distracting. I'm either wearing a headset and can't hear it or my TV is loud enough where I'll never hear it either.

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I’ve actually been playing without my headset lately (which is weird for me) and keep my TV at very, very, very low volume. I never hear my X1X. Never.

 

The more likely and logical explanation than “bad hearing” or “lies” (given the pretty strong consensus around the internet that few people hear their X1Xs) is that a few people got ones with bad fans/motors. Or have them placed poorly so the console isn’t venting properly.

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maybe get in touch with microsoft and see if they will replace it maybe, i swear something like this has happened before where they replaced consoles because they were simply loud

 

I know that on some of the 360s they had issues with noisy power bricks (so glad the X1X has no brick) and they would replace those.

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I’ve actually been playing without my headset lately (which is weird for me) and keep my TV at very, very, very low volume. I never hear my X1X. Never.

 

The more likely and logical explanation than “bad hearing” or “lies” (given the pretty strong consensus around the internet that few people hear their X1Xs) is that a few people got ones with bad fans/motors. Or have them placed poorly so the console isn’t venting properly.

 

My guess is poorly placed. This thing puts out a lot of heat out the back while previous Xbox Ones vented out the top.

 

I know that on some of the 360s they had issues with noisy power bricks (so glad the X1X has no brick) and they would replace those.

 

The Xbox One S has no power brick, either.

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I know that on some of the 360s they had issues with noisy power bricks (so glad the X1X has no brick) and they would replace those.

 

i had a look and they really did replace consoles that were too loud

 

https://www.cnet.com/news/xbox-one-too-noisy-microsoft-will-replace-it/

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-09-10-microsoft-pledges-to-replace-recent-batch-of-noisy-xbox-one-consoles

 

so maybe if the noise is that bad they might replace it if you get in touch.

 

or just make sure its well ventilated i guess

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