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The Xbox 360 Elite drum beat grows louder

Xbox 360 Elite systems have been caught in the wild on a Chinese production line. Xbox 360 Fanboy has images of racks of black Xbox 360 units taken from a Chinese video game forum.

The images not only show the sleek, black exterior of the Xbox 360 Elite, but a close-up image shows the 120GB hard disk drive (HDD) fitted atop the console.

Further confirmation of the Xbox 360 Elite came over the weekend from Dean Takahashi of the The Mercury News. Takahashi was the first to break the news of the Xbox 360's upcoming IPTV service.

Likewise, promotional materials from Gamestop have been spotted which detail the 120GB which will be made available as a stand-alone upgrade for current Xbox 360 owners.

While the new black exterior and 120GB HDD may be headliner features of the $479 USD Xbox 360 Elite, the addition of an HDMI port and an HDMI cable are also added bonuses. Two features that are reportedly missing from the Xbox 360 Elite, however, are built-in WiFi and an internal HD DVD drive.

Engadget notes that the Xbox 360 Elite will be available in limited quantities sometime this Spring and that Xbox 360 Premium systems will get Elite-spec hardware (sans black finish) sometime in late Summer/early Fall. The price is expected to remain at $399 while price cuts are expected to help clear out the existing stock of Xbox 360 Premiums with the smaller 20GB HDD.

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By yacoub on 3/26/2007 7:05:29 PM , Rating: 2
So what about the important part - the die shrink on the CPU/GPU/whateverPU so that it runs cooler and is less likely to red-ring-o-doom itself? When does that revision come out? Should we assume that the reason no one mentions that hardware change as part of this refresh is because that's no longer part of the refresh?

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By Ralph The Magician on 3/26/2007 7:13:49 PM , Rating: 1
The purpose of a die shrink isn't to get better thermal specs out of the CPU. In fact, it probably won't make any noticable difference given the. The purpose of a die shrink is to increase profits because you can fit more dies per wafer.

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By Ralph The Magician on 3/26/2007 7:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
*given the cooling system of the 360.

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By Munkles on 3/27/2007 7:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
Either you are being willfully ignorant or your just being plain stupid. Of course the die shrink will have a huge impact on the cooling of the Xbox 360; smaller transistors means less electricity is needed to power the cpu, less power running through the cpu means less heat generated. I mean its not tough to understand.

In every AMD/Intel processor released to date the heat declination at the same clock has been at least 30%. In computer terms thats a LOT of heat thats NOT been created.

It may not be Microsofts MAIN reason for the die shrink but it certainly will be a bi-product of it.

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By cobaltb on 3/27/2007 6:22:01 PM , Rating: 2
"In every AMD/Intel processor released to date the heat declination at the same clock has been at least 30%. In computer terms thats a LOT of heat thats NOT been created."

I believe the 90nm Prescott Core bucked this trend when it was released. The 130nm Northwood was much cooler at the same clock speeds.

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By yacoub on 3/27/2007 7:17:59 AM , Rating: 2
thanks for completely ignoring my question just to "correct me" by posting an additional reason for the die shrink...

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