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
are pictures of a revised heatsink that sits below the DVD-ROM drive.
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
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.