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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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On my 4th 360
By 4AnandBlondes on 6/13/2007 8:53:10 PM , Rating: 3
Well, I can say that I have had 3 Xbox360s die on me since I got mine at launch. It is in a well ventilated area and not on the carpet. Each time it died, Microsoft has been very nice and replaced the unit, but it was still very frustrating. I've had this 4th unit for over 6 months now without a problem.




RE: On my 4th 360
By ATC on 6/13/2007 9:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
My launch 360 lasted quite some time before it died. I played it about 3-4hrs a week and took care of it meticulously and made sure ventilation was more than adequate - wasn't enough I'm afraid.

Took it back to Costco and got a full refund but I'm waiting for the die-shrink to 65nm version (maybe by the fall?). I'm glad MSFT is doing something about the regular systems and hopefully this will address the issue. I know how frustrating it can be to take care of your system, like I did, and still fail.


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