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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: Price cut?
By FITCamaro on 7/9/2007 8:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but I want to see all 360s being sold with hard drives. That way maybe devs might eventually support it. Don't say they can't because they're not on all systems. It's been done before. If the 20GB hard drive is made cheap enough($30 or so), then devs could require it for games, same as games near the end of the N64s life required the memory expansion pack.


RE: Price cut?
By sxr7171 on 7/10/2007 12:22:50 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think they care. They just think that you saved money on the purchase, and now it is time to pitch in another $80 for a HDD. People with the core system will eventually need to buy HDDs, and if they sold a $279 core system it will allow people to pay for additional features as they go. I think it should be $279 core, $349 Premium (or drop it) and $399 Elite. I think it will end up being $279 Core, $349 Premium and $429 Elite. I would actually pay $429 for the elite even though I wanted it to drop to $399. Whats $30 at the end of the day? Frickin' controllers are $50 and Live is $60.


RE: Price cut?
By FITCamaro on 7/10/2007 6:57:47 AM , Rating: 2
13 months of Xbox Live is $50. You can even get it for $45 off newegg.com.


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