MS makes, sells 65nm 'Falcon' Xbox 360s
Cure for the Red Ring of Death?
Microsoft has begun selling Xbox 360 consoles equipped with 65nm chips - parts that pump out less heat than the 90nm silicon found in older 360s - according to buyers who've been poking around inside their new machines.
MS' 65nm Xbox: the new heatsink, as shot by JWSpeed
The first 65nm consoles? The Halo 3 limited edition, it seems. A poster on the official Xbox forum, JWSpeed, took his apart and found a much smaller heatsink than previous 360s used. He posted the following pics, though there are more on his website.
MS' 65nm Xbox: a new processor, as snapped by JWSpeed
Of late, Microsoft has taken to fitting much larger, more complex heatsinks, the better to carry heat away from the Xbox 360's 90nm processor, high temperatures having been suggested as the cause for so many failed 360s - which in turn prompted Microsoft to up the 360's warranty to three years at the cost of $1bn.
Only time will tell whether the new, cooler-running model is less prone to the so-called 'red ring of death'.
Beneath the heatsink sits a chip that has only the word 'Canada' to signify that it's different from previous Xbox 360 processors.
The real question
So, do the new Falcon machines run any more quietly?
Because my old 360 is running along just fine, thanks, but the volume of the thing could be better.
Latest 360's just as unreliable as before.
Days after hitting retail, there are already reports of Falcon enabled 360's being just as crappy.
RE: Looks like it didn't help much...
But not all the Halo 360s have the 65nm. Only one batch is confirmed so far
Looks like it didn't help much...
First report of a halo edition RRoDing here:
Given that this should save them a fair bit of money manufacturing, does this mean there's another price cut coming in time for christmas? It's widely known there's a budget version of the PS3 coming out soon and cutting the price would spoil it somewhat for sony