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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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I wonder
By FITCamaro on 6/13/2007 3:22:39 PM , Rating: 2
I just bought an Elite on Friday. The console in that pic looks to be an Elite. I wonder if mine has this cooling setup. Not like I'm going to take it apart and void the warranty to find out though.

My 360 though doesn't seem to run that hot. I rarely ever hear it(fans or DVD drive) and even after 4 hours of playing Gears of War on co-op the air coming out the back isn't that hot. Nor is the top of the console warm. I have my 360 laying on its side in my open entertainment center.

One thing I am thinking of doing is getting some black rubber grommets with a sticky back and putting one at each corner of the bottom. That way the bottom of the 360 will be raised up higher and more air can get under it. Total cost, about $2. Piece of mind that its getting enough air on all sides, priceless.




RE: I wonder
By therealnickdanger on 6/13/2007 3:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
That's a good idea. My launch 360 was just perfect as well - until the video output failed on it. It never locked up or gave me RROD. When the video output failed, I could still start it up and hear everything, so I just got a bad port, I guess. They fixed it for free and so far (couple months) no issues to report.

Even though it goes against my better judgement, I have left my 360 completely enclosed in the entertainment center while watching HD-DVDs or playing games... no adverse affects, artifacts, crashing, or anything. Good stuff!


RE: I wonder
By FITCamaro on 6/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: I wonder
By therealnickdanger on 6/13/07, Rating: -1
RE: I wonder
By therealnickdanger on 6/13/2007 5:06:25 PM , Rating: 3
I need to drink more as well, apparently.


RE: I wonder
By bkm32 on 6/13/2007 5:02:26 PM , Rating: 2
Fit,

The article says that these were:

quote:
The same hardware cooling changes were also found on MaxConsole in a Microsoft-repaired console in the Czech Republic.


That means one of two things:

1) These are the changes being made to older "pros" and "cores"

or

2) The "Elites" are RRoD-ing, too.

Something else has to be up because I don't see MS adding this configuration to used systems that crapped out one at a time. How expensive is that? Way expensive.

I just don't see MS adding this new stuff to any used, already purchased system at no cost, then returning it to the user. I need help understanding this.


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