Microsoft adds heatsink to the 360

Microsoft adds heatsink to the 360

The additional heatsink which Microsoft have added is long overdue given the common complaints of gamers.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has been frequently bashed for the so-called 'Red ring of death' problem, caused by cooling problems in the red-hot console. Gamers have resorted to all sorts of tricks to un-brick their beloved 360s, but thankfully Microsoft has finally addressed the issues which, for some, have proved devastating.

Still, those problems may finally be at an end thanks to some modifications Microsoft is making to the console's interior.

Reportedly, Microsoft is now taking returns of the consoles which have suffered from the red ring of death and upgrading them by inserting a new heatsink. The service is confirmed for French and Czech users, with some American gamers reporting upgrades also. Hopefully England is also on the list.

From the photos, the added heatsink seems to be an additional second heatsink and heatpipe combo which is running without a fan directly attached and which is cooling the 360's GPU.

With any luck then, the 360 modifications will continue smoothly on a worldwide basis and will go a long way to making the Xbox 360 a cooler, more stable platform.

If you've found your 360 has been repaired like this then we'd love to hear from you in the forums and, even if not, why not drop us a comment and tell us if you think these modifications are too little too late, or continuing evidence of how much Microsoft cares for its customers.


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DXR_13KE 14th June 2007, 12:47 Quote
about time......
thermalnightmare47 14th June 2007, 12:56 Quote
most definitely about time, well there is a downside more smores off the
SNIPERMikeUK 14th June 2007, 13:06 Quote
I have recently bought a 360, after just 3 months the lense went on the optical drive, had a replacement. The system is unreliable but it's a gr8 console, if this heat pipe 'n' sink works then all good but I hope they do this to all consoles to come, coz I have a feelin' a replacement will be needed before my 12 months are up.
Omnituens 14th June 2007, 13:38 Quote
anyone know if the extra heatsink has already been fitted to the Elite model?
Spacecowboy92 14th June 2007, 15:19 Quote
I guess it will defiantly be on the elite model. And yes about time Microsoft adressed this problem.
devdevil85 14th June 2007, 16:52 Quote
Yeah, my friend's 360 has been acting strange lately. I think it's got to do with the harddrive because it has been hickupping tremendously and it's also been saying (Clean Disk/Disk Error) when playing a demo off of the hard drive. I don't know if heat has been the cause to any of it, but I know that it could choke any day now and all of our Guitar Hero II saves will be gone (except for our Live stats), but still that's gonna suck.
LVMike 14th June 2007, 19:39 Quote
He needs to delete the demo and re download it. that solved the problem for me when i had that.

I don't believe the elites that were released in May have the new heatsink I dont remember seeing it in the engadget photos when they took theirs apart. The only thing i remember was the epoxy around the chips.
Veles 14th June 2007, 20:41 Quote
Isn't that lawsuit you linked to a complete pile of bullshit since the house burnt down before the 360 had even been released? That might be a different one though.
Mathmarauder 14th June 2007, 21:11 Quote
The elite does not have this new heatsink. The problem was the heat was melting the thermal compound causing the heatsinks to lift away from the gpu/cpu. On the elite they epoxy'd the heatsinks down around the edges so there is no way to lose contact.
[USRF]Obiwan 15th June 2007, 09:02 Quote
So if i own a "old" x360 and call ms. And ask for a heatsink upgrade. Will they do it?
devdevil85 15th June 2007, 20:02 Quote
Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
So if i own a "old" x360 and call ms. And ask for a heatsink upgrade. Will they do it?
Nope, cause M$ = greedy. If they weren't then they would've added it originally or so you'd think.....
./^\.Ace./^\. 15th June 2007, 21:18 Quote
If you are really woried about cooling your X-Box 360 then there are liquid cooling options that you can look into , or just replace the thermal past your self and you can even try and find the new heatsink on ebay or something like that :D
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