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The Bigger, Quieter Xbox360; Not from Microsoft

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

Is your Xbox 360 noisy? Perhaps you don't own an Xbox 360 because you've heard that they're noisy (maybe). This week a company called Quiet PC launched a line of Xbox 360 consoles that aren't Xbox 360 consoles at all.

What Quiet PC has done is taken out all the innards of an Xbox 360, and implanted them into a custom made Lian-Li XB-01B case, made specifically to hold the Xbox 360 motherboard as well as everything else. Everything moves over. All the ports and connectors on a real Xbox 360 enclosure is on the Lian-Li XB-01B.

The biggest benefit of the Ultra-Quiet Xbox 360s are the fact that they come with two huge fans: a 120mm and a 100mm low RPM fan. To enclose everything however, the new case is quite large--in fact, the Ultra-Quiet Xbox 360 is double the size of a normal Xbox 360. Quiet PC states that the size allows components to be spread out and free up space for low-RPM but high-CFM active cooling.

Quiet PC is currently shipping pre-built Xbox 360s as well as bare enclosures for those who want to do the transplant themselves. Quiet PC sells both the Arcade, Premium and Elite versions of the Xbox 360 in the new modification, and units come with a 360-day warranty--since gutting the original Xbox 360 voids Microsoft's warranty. Curiously, the new warranty is five days short of a full year.

Pricing starts at $435 USD for the basic Ultra-Quiet Xbox 360 Arcade.

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    Chipi , February 18, 2009 11:18 PM
    "Curiously, the new warranty is five days short of a full year."
    HELLOOO!! Xbox 360, 360 day warranty.
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    BallistaMan , February 18, 2009 11:15 PM
    I've actually been considering doing this kind of stuff with 360s as a small source of income when I head off to college next year. Anybody think there's a big enough market to justify it?
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    Chipi , February 18, 2009 11:18 PM
    "Curiously, the new warranty is five days short of a full year."
    HELLOOO!! Xbox 360, 360 day warranty.
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    trevorvdw , February 18, 2009 11:28 PM
    Look at the size of that thing...

    That's no moon... its a 360!
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    tayb , February 18, 2009 11:35 PM
    I will take the three year warranty and the "loud" console. You can't hear it while you are playing anyways... so what does it matter if it is loud...
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    ozarkamax , February 18, 2009 11:40 PM
    360's are not loud. your mid range computer with 4-5 high speed 80 mm fans... now thats loud. now i know quiet pc's are becoming all the rage(rightfully so) but this is silly.
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    The_Blood_Raven , February 18, 2009 11:40 PM
    These cases have been out for a year, but is a great idea. Problem is that you void the warranty by using it I believe.
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    cletus_slackjawd , February 19, 2009 12:51 AM
    Extending the life of your Xbox360 with cooler running components is not a bad idea. I think there is a market for it.
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    megabuster , February 19, 2009 1:14 AM
    Good idea but when Microsoft publishes an update which could create RROD what then? Can't send that to microsoft.
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    Anonymous , February 19, 2009 3:05 AM
    i have one but i swapped the mobo myself. although seeing they removed the stock shroud im not sure if it will cool well enough.
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    falchard , February 19, 2009 6:28 AM
    Do they redo the soddering and glue to prevent the red ring of death?
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    neiroatopelcc , February 19, 2009 8:41 AM
    ozarkamax360's are not loud. your mid range computer with 4-5 high speed 80 mm fans... now thats loud. now i know quiet pc's are becoming all the rage(rightfully so) but this is silly.

    Nobody uses high speed 80mm fans anymore though ... everybody's moved on to 120mm low speed ones, or pwm controlled 120mm fans.
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    Tedders , February 19, 2009 11:28 AM
    The_Blood_RavenThese cases have been out for a year, but is a great idea. Problem is that you void the warranty by using it I believe.


    Did you not read the article? Of course it voids the warranty.
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    Anonymous , February 19, 2009 11:53 AM
    3yr warranty from microsoft only covers if your x360 has 3 RRoD
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    tenor77 , February 19, 2009 12:23 PM
    There's a market for this but only for the Elite. The whole point of the arcade is that it's cheap. The person who buys an arcade system is going for price, hence a system that's double the price is pointless.

    Still modding the 360 is pretty cool. I still remember being in awe of the guy who basically made a laptop version of his 360. That's the kind of modding I would go for.
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    gwolfman , February 19, 2009 1:24 PM
    ozarkamax360's are not loud. your mid range computer with 4-5 high speed 80 mm fans... now thats loud. now i know quiet pc's are becoming all the rage(rightfully so) but this is silly.

    Who put's 4-5 80mm fans these days? lol
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    traviso , February 19, 2009 1:58 PM
    NEWSFLASH!

    You guys do you Microsoft came out with an updated 360 in December'08 and it's quieter and cooler than the previous models, especially compared to the launch models.
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    grieve , February 19, 2009 1:58 PM
    tenor77I still remember being in awe of the guy who basically made a laptop version of his 360. That's the kind of modding I would go for.

    Mod a 360 into a Laptop would be KILLER!
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    monkeysweat , February 19, 2009 2:18 PM
    when i play the 360 i can find it a bit loud,,,but only when i'm sitting 4 feet from it,,,sit further away from it or move it further away from the tv,,,a new hdmi cable is less than $50,,, a whole lot cheaper than doing this,,the controllers don't need to "see" the unit to work.
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    jsloan , February 19, 2009 2:58 PM
    does not look like it's available in the us.
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    pocketdrummer , February 19, 2009 3:30 PM
    That's all gravy........ until microsoft thinks you've modded your Xbox with a chip and bans you from Live.
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