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Jasper-Based Xbox 360 Consoles Hit The Scene

Jasper-Based Xbox 360 Consoles Hit The Scene

After months of anticipation and speculation, revised Xbox 360 consoles built around the new Jasper platform have finally appeared in the wild. Jasper employs an updated GPU manufactured using 65nm process, as opposed to the 90nm process used for the original revision. Other than the GPU, however, a few more changes have been made as well, as reported by the folks at Xbox-Scene…

“The motherboard design didn't change much, besides the bigger flash and what's probably the new 65nm GPU, we also see a new south bridge model...the rest (videochip, CPU, heatsinks, general board layout) seems pretty much similar to falcon boards.
 
 

 

It also appears there are RAM chips on the bottom of the board again (without thermal pads even)...Microsoft recently switched to RAM chips with double capacity so they could drop the 4 chips on bottom (and only place 4 on the top)…but apparently they are back (old stock maybe?). However, the type of RAM chips they use is not bound to the motherboard revision...there are falcon boards with RAM chips only on the top and falcon boards with RAM chips on both top and bottom. Same can happen for the jasper boards.” 


Although the console does not physically look any different, the power supply has been changed as well. The PSU is now 150W versus 175W with the previous generation Falcon console.  Here's how to tell if you've got a Jasper console via identification of the power rating on the PSU:

 
150 Watt Xbox 360 "Jasper" Revision Power Supply

Manufacturing date codes of mid October have been reported, along with a console power rating of 12.1A.

Of course, it is too early to tell if this new revision will finally do away with the dreaded RRoD (Red Ring of Death) that is purportedly caused by faulty / defective / overheating 90nm GPUs, but it has long been rumored that this update, in addition to lowering manufacturing costs, was planned to resolve the lingering RRoD issues.
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now, microsoft would be smart to lower costs of the xbox 360 this holiday season. considering the ps3 still costs alot, and microsoft just lowered cost. if ms, handles this properly they can give the ps3 such a beating this holiday!

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My 360 Elite is still based on the old architecture, but I have been fine.  I've gotten a couple RRoDs if I foolishly cover up ventalation, but a simple reboot fixes it.  People who get permanent errors must be keeping their 360's in cabinets or under blankets, or something.

This should help decrease RRoDs as it should be able to tolerate people mistreating their 360s even more.  And if mine ever RRoDs for good, hopefully they replace it with 65nm.

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Didn't the price just drop to $199 for one package?

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Yeah they cut prices just a couple months ago and said it's gonna stay this way for a while.

The $199 model only has the small 256mb memory for storage, so it's good for game saves and that's it.  DLC including map packs, arcade games, and demos is a no-no.  If you don't mind your 360 being closer to a PS2 than a PS3, then it's fine.

$299 for the 60GB model is still $100 less than the cheapest PS3, so they are in good position now.  You can also still find the 20GB model for $259, which is just fine if you don't want to bother installing games.  But I suggest installing them for the noise decrease, but some people don't mind and can save $40.  At $399 is the 120GB Elite model, which compares favouribly to the cheapest PS3 model by having a larger HDD.

Microsoft are in good position to win this holiday season.  Well, besides the everlasting Wii fad.  That console always wins.  But it also always outputs at 640x480.Stick out tongue

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I had one of the original XBox 360's. It died due to the RRoD, and I had to pay to get them to fix it (before the RRoD became recognized as a design problem). :\

I had one of the orginal XBox's (1) too. It died due to one of the defective Phillips drives that suddenly refused to read half my games.

I've owned every other console for the last 10 years and never had a problem with any of them. What I've learned from all this is that I will *not* be one of the first to buy the next MS platform.

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I'm certain that when Microsoft announced all RRoD's would be fixed for free, they also promised rebates for those that had them repaired before the announcement. You're entitled to some money dude. Google search or contact Microsoft and try to get some cash back.

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I don't have any documentation proving that my system had the RRoD symptoms. They could say that the thing arrived with a broken power-button if they wanted to. :\

It's been so long that I don't even want to fight it anyway. I just vote with my wallet and recommendations to others.

A friend asked about what to get their teenage son this christmas and while they were originally thinking XBox 360, they're now getting him a PS3. Of course, that was not just me being vindictive: It was based on the fact that he already had a PS2 and many games, + the benefit of a blu-ray player + the web browser + the ability to install OtherOS (which actually works well enough that I used it to file my taxes), and the PS3's slight technological lead.

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Sorry, please don’t take this the wrong way, but some of you sound like Microsoft "fanboys?". No disrespect intended I promise. You definitely sound well versed and know a lot about the Xbox 360.

I'm just new to owning an Elite 360, and am really enjoying it. But it arrived in front of my TV about 2 months ago, and sits along-side my Playstation 3 only after it, the PS3, has claimed that spot since it’s release date [here in New Zealand, about 2 years ago].

Now, before people start thinking, “well he’s probably got a 360 now because he’s realised that the PS3 is @!#$” … quite the contrary actually.

I enjoy games! I am not employed by either Microsoft or Sony, so I feel no need to pledge my allegiance and staunchly defend either! At the end of the day, it really comes down to preference! … surely? … and my preference leans towards games! … just that. Games, not Sony, not Microsoft, and regardless of which is cheaper, not any one console!

I purchased a PS3 knowing that it would be much more expensive than the 360, and believe me, here in New Zealand, it REALLY was a lot more expensive [I could have bought 2 Xbox 360’s for the price I paid for my release day PS3], but I also know that it comes with many benefits that whether they were needed by everyone or not, suited me just fine [ie: Bluray – not everyone’s cup of tea, but I drink coffee!]

There will always be arguments from various parties as to which console is “superior”. Some will say the PS3, whilst others will praise the 360. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, did you buy your console because you truly believe that there is absolutely NOTHING  the “other” console can bring out that will ever interest you? ... even in the slightest? Because I believe that unless you can truly say that to yourself, then you’re simply being closed minded about the choices available [to EVERYONE], and you will inevitably miss out on some good gaming!

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I am well versed in all gaming knowledge, thank you.

Things about the PS3 that's better than the Xbox 360:

1.Replace the HDD with any brand and size out there

2.More controller support (many PC USB controllers work with PS3 - great options for fighting games)

3.Free online play

4.Bly-Ray Player

5.Install Linux

Many may consider this worth an extra $100. But I chose the 360 because it has more games that I like. I am not a Microsoft fanboy. I hate the fact that they charge for online play and have closed controller support.

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Exactly bo -6, to be exact.

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Ehh why dont you console kiddies man up and play on a real gaming platform...PC.

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>> Ehh why dont you console kiddies man up and play on a real gaming platform...PC.

I'm using a PC. It runs Linux. Is that okay? I can install BeOS if necessary.

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I've always been a PC Gamer, at least FPS are meant for PC :)..

Well anyways, I'm in the process of moving to my own apartment (By myself Finally), and I bought a nice 46" 1080p Sharp LCD TV, and I was wanting to get a nice DVD Player and a Console to play Rock Band & Guitar Hero World Tour with friends...

Anyways I thought it would be a smart Idea to get a High Definition DvD, in this Case BluRay player, so the smarter choice was to go for a PS3, even though I would have rather get an Xbox360 since I prefer it as a gaming console..

So yeah, I took advantage of the Black Friday deals and discounts on Amazon.com and ordered my 80GB PS3 with a free copy of Resistance 2 (Collectors edition) + Component Cable Free (Even though I will use HDMI 1.3b instead), and also bought a few games since most had little discounts.

This way I'll have Gaming & Home Theater in One console.

(I was never a fan of Playstation Consoles) I went with an N64 instead of a PS1, and never jumped in the PS2 wagon, I had my Dreamcast :P... But this time Around I think that going Playstation was the smarter / cheaper choice.

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dreamcast was the best! go sonic! back to topic though, 259 for 20, and 299 for 60 is good. i didnt mean to imply that it was a bad price, just that if ms will lower costs (which they can, because now production costs are lower!) it will give the ps3 such a hard hit this holiday. when kids go to parents asking for a ps3 that extra 100 isnt "too much" considering the ps3 is more usefull to the parents as a blu ray player, and that it comes with a game (they still have a bundle afaik). however if the xbox 360 was 250 for 60gb, and 170 ish for the arcade it would basically make nearly every one go for it, apart from die hard ps fans.

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Hey Crisis Causer & ice_73! Sorry, didn’t mean to generalise, but you can appreciate that there seems to be some fanboyism rife on the net? Just getting a bit annoyed is all. Apologies. As for the "why don't you kiddies man up and play on a real gaming platform ... PC" ... a real gaming platform which boasts stellar titles such as Halo 3 ... oh, now wait, no it doesn't! Well how about Metal Gear Solid 4? ... oh, it doesn't have that either? ... well surely it has Gears of War? ... God of War? ... well maybe a racing game like Gran Turismo? ... no to that too?! ... but surely it has at least come up with a new control system with motion sensors? ... no? ... well what the #@$% does the PC have then? ... sorry, don’t get me wrong, I’ve spent many hours gaming on PC, but have to admit that I’ve spent many MORE hours on consoles! ... they’re purpose built! ... and I guess even I am starting to sound guilty of fanboyism? ... I'll be off then!

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I use both consoles and my PC for gaming.  PC gets priorit for FPS' and some others, but there are enough console exclusive games out there to warrent getting at least one.

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Yeah the real platform that has the greatest online communitys, free updates and add ons, custom maps, mods, true high res gaming, and my favorite AA and AF.

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online fps. thats the reason why i game on pc.

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I use both -- do a bit more console gaming due to Halo and Gears of War being not available on PC; but hey to each his/her own I suppose -- no need to war about it eh?

I love you guys :)

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