Elite might have new 65nm CPU core.

Simon Gibbons

Active Member
Llamma.com have opened a new elite and taken a look inside, a few surprising alterations.

We were fortunate enough to find one at our local Wal-Mart here in Minneapolis. We have had a chance to crack it open and document some of the differences between the Elite and the original Xbox 360.

* Our first pleasant surprise is a Hitachi GDR-3120L FK78 DVD drive inside.

* Both the CPU and GPU both sport different revision information on the chips but its hard to say whether or not 65nm has been implemented. One of the more interesting observations that seems to point to lower power consumption implying a possible 65nm core is the fact that there are some capacitors and VRMU's that have been removed on this revision of board.

* One a side note, we all had a good belly laugh here at the shop when we saw Microsoft's most creative measures to minimize the dreaded Xbox 360 3 flashing red lights "ring of death" error caused by poor BGA connections of the CPU and GPU. Take a look at the epoxy surrounding the CPU and GPU which is intended prevent the BGA connection from popping as the board warps. This has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

* We disassembled the HDD and found a Fujitsu MHW2120BH drive inside. Our initial attempts at dumping sector 16 using The Specialist's hddhacker application was not a success. It appears that the tool does not yet support the new 120GB drive.

* Another difference you will find is the fan header. It has been switched from a 4-pin Molex Mini-Fit connector to a standard good old three pin fan header style connector.

* There has been a million pictures of the HDMI port and HANA HDMI scaler chip but here's a couple more for good measure.


http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/news/inside_the_xbox_360_elite.htm
 

Guns_LotsOfGuns

Moderator/Games Reviewer
I think all 360's will be moving to the new cores when MS have got production up and got rid of all the old stock.

I dont think its specific to the Elite but more the evolution of the 360 as a product to a cheaper/better component which envitably happens to all consoles.

The elites is just hitting at the right time, a while back MS said they would be moving the 360 to 65nm at the beginning of this year.

Good to know its finally happening though, and tbh this is more of a reason to buy an Elite than the "upgrades" MS is trying o sell us.
 

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Active Member
I have no idea what that means but if they have to take it appart and look inside to see if it has it (and even then they dont know) then what the hell difference does it make if it has it or not????????

My take is this, appart from a very few early consoles which are now gone the 360 works perfectly fine. The new one MUST be exactly the same spec and play exactly the samer games in exactly the same way so who cares whats inside?? Just play games on it and be done :thumbsup:
 

Guns_LotsOfGuns

Moderator/Games Reviewer
I have no idea what that means but if they have to take it appart and look inside to see if it has it (and even then they dont know) then what the hell difference does it make if it has it or not????????

My take is this, appart from a very few early consoles which are now gone the 360 works perfectly fine. The new one MUST be exactly the same spec and play exactly the samer games in exactly the same way so who cares whats inside?? Just play games on it and be done :thumbsup:

65nm = Less Power Consumption = Less Heat = Quieter and more reliable.

Quieter being the one most people are excited about id imagine.

Its also cheaper so in theory makes the likelyhood of a price drop greater but the way MS are going i doubt it.
 

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