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"Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon." Microsoft prepares 65nm chips for Xbox 360

When it comes to Microsoft's Xbox 360, Dean Takahashi always seems to have the inside scoop. He was the first to spill the beans on Xbox 360 IPTV and provided confirmation on the existence of the Xbox 360 Elite.

Today, Takahashi confirmed that Microsoft's upcoming 65nm die shrink for the Xbox 360's microprocessor and GPU is codenamed "Falcon." Takahashi reports that Microsoft is currently qualifying the new Falcon chips along with a redesigned motherboard. The 65nm-equipped Xbox 360s are due to hit store shelves this fall.

The new chips are not only smaller and roughly 50 percent cheaper to produce than their 90nm counterpart, but they are also cooler. Cooler-running chips coupled with a revised cooling solution would go a long way to eradicating the Xbox 360’s fatal flaw: the Red Ring of Death (RROD).

Heat has been a big problem with the Xbox 360 and has been the root cause of RROD cases around the globe. Microsoft has countered the RROD failures by increasing the warranty of the console, adding various "warranty enhancements" and beefed up cooling solutions on new production Xbox 360 units.

Microsoft ultimately caved in to mounting pressure from the Xbox 360 community on RROD failures and announced a $1 billion initiative to service Xbox 360s afflicted with the problem and extended warranty coverage for those machines to three years.



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RE: just me?
By webdawg77 on 7/9/2007 2:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
I know exactly what you mean. My GoW has become almost unplayable because of the "rings" on the disc. I can most assuredly say that I was not moving my 360 around while playing the game. My 360 has also always been in the horizontal position.

I am in the process of doing the disc exchange through Microsoft to get a new GoW disc. I wish that they would admit there is a possibility that the 360 came out too early. I hope that the new 360's also have a better disc drive. I guess this is the price for beta testing and having the "latest and greatest" early on.


RE: just me?
By InsaneGain on 7/10/2007 1:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
My cousin's XBox360 will not read his GoW disc anymore. He thought it was because there is a very tiny scratch in the disc that you can barely see.


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