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Microsoft Could Be Prepping XBox 360 Refresh

Microsoft Could Be Prepping XBox 360 Refresh

The hardware specifications for the components in the XBox 360 or Playstation 3 may not have changed since launch day, but semiconductor manufacturing has advanced significantly. Supposedly leaked photos of a new XBox 360 motherboard indicate that Microsoft could be poised to take advantage of that fact. If the image is real (and it might not be), Microsoft has redesigned the XBox's motherboard from the ground up.


Image by Kotaku.com

Above we have the leaked photo, below we have the XBox 360 motherboard as its more-or-less appeared to date.



The major difference between the two is the position of the GPU. We've known Microsoft was working on a combined-package for the CPU+GPU for awhile; the jump appears to have substantially cut the necessary motherboard size. Note that this marriage of CPU and GPU is often inaccurately referred to as 'on-die.' IBM has almost certainly opted for an 'on-package' approach in which distinct physical chips sit side by side. This is the same approach Intel currently uses for its Core i3/i5 processors.

There's always the risk that bringing the two parts closer together could create heat problems (again), but the chances of that happening are small. Both the Xenon CPU and ATI's Xenos GPU will be built on a 45nm process and will consequently generate much less heat than the original XBox 360, in which both parts were built on 90nm technology. Unit power consumption (and fan noise) should both drop as well, but it's too early to predict how much.

It's possible that we'll see a new XBox Slim debut simultaneously with Project Natal when Microsoft launches it later this year.
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Yea twistedfate I would say they are good to go. They did a refresh on them, I believe it was last year where they changed a few things around to provide better cooling. I think with this major refresh and the recall behind them the kinks are pretty much ironed out.

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la_guy_10:

Yea twistedfate I would say they are good to go. They did a refresh on them, I believe it was last year where they changed a few things around to provide better cooling. I think with this major refresh and the recall behind them the kinks are pretty much ironed out.

 

Yup, they introduced "Jasper" at the end of 2008.

Here's a nice little chart I copied about the Xbox 360 revisions.

Xbox 360 Revision CPU GPU eDRAM
Xenon/Zephyr 90nm 90nm 90nm
Falcon/Opus 65nm 80nm 80nm
Jasper 65nm 65nm 80nm

 

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Now if it had a BR player and 3D capabilities and didn't red ring all over the place, I would buy one!

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animatortom:

Now if it had a BR player and 3D capabilities and didn't red ring all over the place, I would buy one!

It would also cost more too. How much are you willing to pay for those extra features?

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somehow the leaked motherboard is just to simple, and have less capacitor than the old board.

and the place of the cooler to, so that mean there will be a vent on the top of case huh?

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Serious96,

That's the entire point of a process shrink when you arent' changing any of the hardware. You're able to do more with simplified layouts.

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Wow, Microsoft likes to keep dishing out new motherboards, I wonder what miracles this new motherboard can achieve. I wonder how long it will be until these motherboards start being shipped with the new xboxs.

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I've owned three Xboxes and I have had a red ring of death on all three of them, but was able to fix the last one.

 

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