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The original heatsink found in the majority of Xbox 360 consoles today (Source: AnandTech)

The first sighting of the new cooling solution

A follow-up sighting confirmed from Eastern Europe
Will a revised Xbox 360 heatsink and heatpipe fix the dreaded Red Ring of Death?

With the growing number of complaints surrounding the failures of Xbox 360 hardware, both owners and prospective buyers of the games console often wonder if Microsoft is doing anything to improve the reliability of the hardware.

Reports coming in from Europe indicate that Microsoft is adding some additional cooling measures to the Xbox 360. First seen on French website Logic-Sunrise are pictures of a revised heatsink that sits below the DVD-ROM drive.

The new heatsink, complete with a heatpipe to another heatsink, sits on top of the Xbox 360’s Xenos GPU. The same hardware cooling changes were also found on MaxConsole in a Microsoft-repaired console in the Czech Republic.

It’s still unclear if these revised Xbox 360 units also incorporate epoxy to bond the CPU and GPU onto the console’s motherboard. It is suspected that when the console internals heat up, the connection between the BGA part and the motherboard may disconnect when the PCB warps.

Microsoft has attempted to address this problem by surrounding the CPU and GPU with epoxy on the Xbox 360 Elite, though it has yet to be seen on the Premium or Core packages.

Aside from more aggressive heatsinks, the Xbox 360’s best way to cool down would be by way of a die shrink. Reports from 2006 originally targeted for the shrink from 90nm to 65nm to arrive by this time, though new information points to the new chip version to arrive later this year.



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RE: Never had a problem
By vitul on 6/13/2007 2:14:30 PM , Rating: 2
my 360 sits on a cold tile floor with nothing around it and it had to be sent back to microsoft. it doesnt matter where u put the console it gets to hot. my friend has his ps3 in a confined tight unventalated space and has 0 issues. the problem with the 360 is poor design and poor parts used. lets just hope ms has fixed the issue.


RE: Never had a problem
By xeltor on 6/13/2007 4:02:05 PM , Rating: 1
The floor is one of the worst spots to place a electronic device all you are doing is feeding your 360 extra dust.

I hope this design does help solve the problems and they get all of their production lines changed over quick.


RE: Never had a problem
By Samus on 6/14/2007 3:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
Neither me or my friends have had our 360's fail. Most of them are first versions too (we bought them close to release almost 2 years ago) and mine sits on top of my receiver since I have nowhere else to put it. It runs pretty warm but not boiling hot. Has never given me trouble, knock on wood.


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