As probably the most prolific single buyer of Xbox 360 consoles on the planet, I would like to pass along news of NOT finding a new 65nm GPU in the latest Xbox 360 I disassembled.
I was in Target and after dodging the usual throngs of people trying to buy dust collectors – I mean Wiis – and I saw they had the new Kung-Fu Panda 60 gig Xbox 360’s. The manufacture date and lot number were both well above what had been reported to be the new chips, so I bought it.
Upon taking it apart, it had the same old GPU as before, though there were other further changes to the board even past 60 gig units I’d bought a month ago. I have no doubt it’s coming, and I plan to be the first to find one. But alas, not yet.
Reported elsewhere to have new chipset: Manufacture date 8-26-08 and up, lot number 0831 and up.
Benheck confirmed NO new chipset: Manufacture date 9-4-08, lot number 0836.
UPDATE: Apparently one of these has been found in the wild (but not by me, just to be clear) with the following specs:
- 150W power supply (sounds about right)
- Manufacture date: 10/23/2008 (that’s very new)
- Lot number 0843X (what is that, a year in a Mega Man game?)
Once I find one myself I will of course rip it completely apart and share the new GPU with the world! Apparently it also has 256 megs of onboard memory as well, probably because of NXE.
It has come to my attention that my green Xbox 360 laptop is in the new Popular Science – I did an interview with them a while back, but I didn’t know exactly which issue it was for. I guess it’s the new June one!
For those of you wanting to try a project like this, the Engadget articles below can help supplement the Popular Science article:
Part 1 – Xbox Begins
Part 2 – Return of the Xbox
Part 3 – The Final Countdown
Also, for the first time ever, I am making available the Adobe Illustrator (AI) files used to design all 3 Xbox laptop thus far! You’ll need AI 10 or newer to open them, so any reasonably recent version should be good.
Original white water-cooled 360 laptop, 2006
Black 360 laptop, 2007
Green Halo-inspired 360 laptop, 2008
Also now would be a good time to talk a little more about the new chipset. From what I have seen the old chipset has been pretty much “washed from the shelves” though I did see a 203 watt Arcade unit when I bought my last Xbox for modding 2 weeks ago. The new chipset 360’s have a 65nm process CPU, use a lot less power and (the CPU at least) runs a lot cooler, so use them if you can. All Xbox 360’s now have the supplemental GPU heatsink, though the GPU is now by far the hottest part of the system, so it actually needs more cooling consideration now than the tri-core CPU.
What to look for:
- On the box below “Xbox 360” text: “Go Play” (arcade) “Go Pro” (premium) “Go Big” (elite)
- On the side of the box, under specs, the word “Falcon” (name for this revision of motherboard)
- If it is listed on the side sticker (not always anymore) 175 watts for power. (203 watts is the old one)
- The lot number should be above 0740 but this isn’t always sure-fire, the other signs are better.
- After Opening: The power supply will be labeled 175 watts.
- Camera though bottom of unit trick: Check out that link, which shows what the new GPU heat sink looks like, as well as the old copper heat pipe CPU heat sink. On the new Xbox the CPU heat sink should be a simple, less shiny aluminum block WITHOUT the vertical copper heat pipe.
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