Xbox 360 Elite ripped open and examined

Written by Joe Martin

April 20, 2007 // 11:28 a.m.

Tags: #360 #cpu #dailytech #elite #exclusive #llama #microsoft #processor #xbox

The folks over at Llama.com have managed to get their hands on a early release of the anticipated Xbox 360 Elite and have done to it what geeks do best.

They've ripped it to pieces so they could get a shufty at the insides.

While Microsoft has already announced that the Elite will add HDMI and a 120Gb hard drive, it seems like there's more going on under the hood than had originally been announced.

Whispers have been circulating that the Elite would swap the original 90nm Xenon PowerPC processor in favour of a cooler 65nm version. The Llama crew can verify that the chips do sport different revision marking, and suggest that capacitor modifications on the motherboard hint at possible power changes.

However, we rather suspect not as the physical package size / core size has not altered, which it definitely would with such a substantial shrink from 90nm to 65nm.

Because of recent complaints over the 'red ring of death' problem with the standard Xbox, caused possibly by a hot system causing the PCB to warp, the Elite version also uses an epoxy casing for the PCB.

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