Back in April, tech YouTuber Austin Evans posted a photo of the custom AMD chip that powered the Xbox Series X which was labelled as “Made in Malaysia”. As it turns out, there is another major component within the console that is also manufactured in our country.
The said component is the M.2 2230 NVMe solid state drive which was noted by Twitter user @mfosa on the teardown video by Spawn Wave. Inside the video, one of the Sandisk chips on it was clearly labelled with “Malaysia” although the AMD chip in this particular unit was both infused and made in Taiwan as opposed to the one shared by Austin Evans.
This was further confirmed by a Brazilian Twitch streamer, Rato Borrachudo who has shared a picture of the label on the back of the SSD after he tore down and reassembled the Xbox Series X on his channel. Not only that the SSD was made in Malaysia, but the label, as shown above, also stated that the 1TB SSD is actually a WD SN530 SSD.
According to the specs sheet on WD’s website, the SN530 is a PCIe 3.0 SSD that has sequential read speed and write speed of 2400MB/s and 1950MB/s respectively. It is rather interesting to see Microsoft has procured a WD/Sandisk SSD to be used inside the Xbox Series X while it has also partnered with WD’s competitor, Seagate to produce the Storage Expansion Card for the console.
Last week, PM Muhyiddin Yassin had announced that WD is planning to expand its operation in Penang and Sarawak through an investment worth RM 2.3 billion which would then increase its total investment in Malaysia to almost RM 18 billion. Well, that doesn’t mean the chance of Microsoft to officially launch Xbox in Malaysia to become better though because the company had already made it quite clear that it has no such plan to do so anytime soon.