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"Zephyr" motherboard with added heatsink  (Source: wonderkins on NeoGAF)

The same 90nm Xenon CPU  (Source: wonderkins on NeoGAF)
New HDMI Xbox 360s are still Zephyr, not Falcon

When it was discovered that standard Xbox 360 Premium packages were coming equipped with HDMI output, the first question on many gamers’ minds is if this new box was indeed the quiet introduction to the much awaited and anticipated shrink to 65nm chips.

One brave soul on hardcore gaming forum NeoGAF decided to help answer that question for everyone and cracked open his new console for educational purposes. It appears those waiting for the 65nm die shrink will have to wait some time longer, as examination of the innards of the Premium box with HDMI reveals the identical “Zephyr” motherboard layout as originally discovered in the Xbox 360 Elite console.

The main differences between the previous Xbox 360 motherboard and the new “Zephyr” are mainly in power supply. As detailed in an earlier article with regards to a dissection of the Xbox 360 Elite, the new motherboard makes use of smaller capacitors arranged in slightly different arrangements. Microsoft has also reduced the amount of MOSFETs installed in the power supply section of the PCB. There are also fewer resistors located above the CPU as well. However, despite the power changes, the die size remains the same as with the HDMI-less Xbox 360.

One notable addition to the new Xbox 360 Premium console is the inclusion of added cooling measures not found in previous iterations of the console. A new heatsink with a heatpipe that leads to a secondary “daughter” heatsink helps to further cool the GPU.

For gamers waiting for an even cooler running box, the next step will have to wait until the arrival of “Falcon,” – the codename for the 65nm Xbox 360 GPU and CPU. Microsoft has not officially confirmed the production of its new, smaller, cooler chips, but industry experts are expecting “Falcon” to land sometime this fall.



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Sheeple?
By therealnickdanger on 8/15/2007 9:07:06 AM , Rating: 1
It's funny how rumors get started and how much FUD seeps into everyday life. I can almost guarantee it's reached a point that any Gamestop or Best Buy you walk into, the salesman will tell you some combination of mistruths regarding die size, overheating, RROD, HDMI, "Condor", and heat sinks.

MS kinda brought it upon themselves with the RROD fiasco, but I would laugh pretty hard if all these people waiting for "Falcon" started getting BROD (blue ring of death) or something. People look to it as the Second Coming or something when they could just as easily buy a 360 today and very likely never have a problem... but to each his own.




RE: Sheeple?
By bplewis24 on 8/15/2007 9:29:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
but I would laugh pretty hard if all these people waiting for "Falcon" started getting BROD (blue ring of death) or something


I'm pretty sure that if the Falcon 360s began reporting Blue Ring of Death that Sony would file a patent infringement suit against them. Microsoft has to stick with red rings, Sony has the rights to the blu rings.

Brandon


RE: Sheeple?
By darkpaw on 8/15/2007 9:33:54 AM , Rating: 2
MS does own the rights to blue screens though, they could go with tradition and generate a nice STOP error code instead of using any rings.


RE: Sheeple?
By omnicronx on 8/15/2007 9:39:10 AM , Rating: 2
thats all we need, the return of the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH
BSOD! F33R!


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