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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 Zigazoid on 7/9/2007 3:10:27 PM , Rating: 2
No I've had two friends who have had their videocards inside the 360 fail.

Personally I'm hoping for the red rings since my 1 year warranty is up and my 360 has now started to display a nice horitzonal purple line whenever I use it. Having that fixed will cost me $99.00

The first batch of 360's seem to have all sorts of issues besides the red rings, though the latter is the most prevelant.


RE: just me?
By omnicronx on 7/9/2007 3:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
i dont think their videocards 'died' as you say.. it was probably the same rrod issue. I have opened my 360 up and unless the video chips are not cooled (which i really doubt), the chips are cased under the same heatsync as the cpu's, so im guessing the pcb warped just like in almost all of RROD cases.


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