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More Inside Pictures of the New Xbox 360 S

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The Xbox 360 S... exposed!

Our pals at AnandTech have taken apart one of the new Xbox 360 S consoles to show just what the insides are like for this new and hopefully improved version.

Just as suspected, the new Xbox 360 chip integrates both CPU, GPU and eDRAM in one 45nm package. This not only saves cost in manufacturing, but also simplifies cooling.

Another interesting thing to note is that the internal wireless isn't integrated into the system at all; rather, it is just a wireless card plugged right into an internal USB port.

This could be a sign that the upcoming $199 Xbox 360 S won't have wireless simply by Microsoft not plugging a card into the internal USB. This would be a simpler solution than to design two different motherboards for the separate price points.

The new Xbox 360 S also gets put to the test in terms of how much juice it uses. Not surprisingly, the newer design is head and shoulders above all previous designs in terms of efficiency. In fact, when compared to the original launch Xbox 360 unit, the new design consumes less than half the power.

Check out the full article to see the explanations for the images below.

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    insider3 , June 23, 2010 2:49 PM
    Amazing how slimmer is better when it comes to consoles, but worst when it comes to gaming PC's. You need ventilation inside the case. This thing seems promising though. I do like the kinect, I already own a Gaming Rig+PS3 and I see nothing wrong with owning both consoles. It seems like Microsoft fixed its flaws.
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    blakeyon2asd , June 23, 2010 2:50 PM
    Yeah I agree with the guy above me, But I also wonder if this Xbox slim will me able to me modded and Jtaged like the previous much larger version. But when the come out I'll be picking one up just for novelty, not opening it and keeping for thirty years and selling it.
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    Godfail , June 23, 2010 4:22 PM
    zoemayneIt is a very smart move for them to turn it black because I dont play video games and I was gonna buy a PS3 because it fits in better w my furniture and use it to play media.


    The Elite has been black for what, 4 years now?
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    razercultmember1 , June 23, 2010 2:37 PM
    Wow we need that chip in netbooks :p 
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    Tmanishere , June 23, 2010 2:41 PM
    I'm really liking where the Xbox360 is going. If not for the fact that my friends own PS3 already, I might have bought it.
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    insider3 , June 23, 2010 2:49 PM
    Amazing how slimmer is better when it comes to consoles, but worst when it comes to gaming PC's. You need ventilation inside the case. This thing seems promising though. I do like the kinect, I already own a Gaming Rig+PS3 and I see nothing wrong with owning both consoles. It seems like Microsoft fixed its flaws.
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    blakeyon2asd , June 23, 2010 2:50 PM
    Yeah I agree with the guy above me, But I also wonder if this Xbox slim will me able to me modded and Jtaged like the previous much larger version. But when the come out I'll be picking one up just for novelty, not opening it and keeping for thirty years and selling it.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , June 23, 2010 3:39 PM
    When i first read the catchline i read it as sexposed!!

    Now time to replace that cooler with a Cooler Master V8. Guys I have some modding to do. First get my first console though.
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    stoogie , June 23, 2010 3:44 PM
    But the question is 'Did they remove the X-Clamps for mounting the heatsinks, as they are the cause of E74 and RROD' or in other words. just use screws lol
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    tharkis842 , June 23, 2010 3:45 PM
    What about power consumption during load?
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    Dkz , June 23, 2010 4:11 PM
    It's really nice that they added an USB port to connect the wireless card.
    That may take this console to a new level of modification.
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    matt_b , June 23, 2010 4:16 PM
    tharkis842What about power consumption during load?

    I saw the same thing and was wondering WHY is there idle load only?
    I have one of the original 360 units and the power consumption alone (all the other improvements are nice too) could make me want to buy a newer one. It looks like power consumption has considerably come down. If only we could have an "at load" chart to go with the "at idle" that's provided - then we can make a good comparison.
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    Godfail , June 23, 2010 4:22 PM
    zoemayneIt is a very smart move for them to turn it black because I dont play video games and I was gonna buy a PS3 because it fits in better w my furniture and use it to play media.


    The Elite has been black for what, 4 years now?
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    Godfail , June 23, 2010 4:25 PM
    insider3Amazing how slimmer is better when it comes to consoles, but worst when it comes to gaming PC's. You need ventilation inside the case. This thing seems promising though. I do like the kinect, I already own a Gaming Rig+PS3 and I see nothing wrong with owning both consoles. It seems like Microsoft fixed its flaws.


    Efficiency is better no matter how you look at it. If a gaming PC was a set top box with predetermined components the airflow could be designed completely around that, and would probably do better to have a slimmer design that could concentrate the airflow into one very efficient set path. An important factor here being the HDD's, which give off radiant heat and need the space in a PC...not so when the HDD is attached to the outside right next to a vent like it is in the 360S.

    Besides, who doesn't have liquid cooling these days?
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    mister g , June 23, 2010 4:27 PM
    I read the Anandtech article, the X-clamp is still there but according to the article much easier to work with, just remove 4 screws. As for effeciency the power brick was reduced in size and wattage so efficiency under load has been improved too.
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    HLG Belly Hop94 , June 23, 2010 5:10 PM
    I love my new Xbox 360 S
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    back_by_demand , June 23, 2010 5:14 PM
    zoemayneIt is a very smart move for them to turn it black because I dont play video games and I was gonna buy a PS3 because it fits in better w my furniture and use it to play media.

    Trust a woman to pick a console based on the colour of it's case
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    borisof007 , June 23, 2010 5:20 PM
    Less power consumption + single chip solution = something smart from Microsoft?

    Why is Microsoft's console division the only smart division there? (excluding the Windows 7 team...they get a golf clap ;D )
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    Godfail , June 23, 2010 5:36 PM
    borisof007Less power consumption + single chip solution = something smart from Microsoft?Why is Microsoft's console division the only smart division there? (excluding the Windows 7 team...they get a golf clap ;D )


    Smart? Try inevitable - this happens to just about every console out there towards the last couple of years of its lifespan.

    As for other Microsoft divisions, Hyper-V is no joke for only having been out for less than 3 years. OCS is shaping up to be the next big product, I'd expect a lot of work going into the UC/UM division.
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    zoemayne , June 23, 2010 6:46 PM
    back_by_demandTrust a woman to pick a console based on the colour of it's case

    no woman here i dont play xbox or ps3 only PC games.....
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    webdawg77 , June 23, 2010 7:16 PM
    GodfailI saw the same thing and was wondering WHY is there idle load only? I have one of the original 360 units and the power consumption alone (all the other improvements are nice too) could make me want to buy a newer one. It looks like power consumption has considerably come down. If only we could have an "at load" chart to go with the "at idle" that's provided - then we can make a good comparison.


    The full article at Anandtech did this. The link is at the bottom of this article.

    Xbox 360 Revision System Off Idle Halo 3 Rockband 2 Gears of War 2
    Xbox 360 S
    (Valhalla) 0.6W 70.4W 87.0W 82.7W 88.0W
    Xbox 360
    (Jasper) 2.0W 93.7W 105.9W 101.0W 105.9W
    Xbox 360
    (Falcon) 2.8W 101.4W121.2W 112.8W 121.5W
    Xbox 360
    (Xenon) 2.3W 155.7W177.8W 167.7W 177.1W
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    tharkis842 , June 23, 2010 7:31 PM
    webdawg77The full article at Anandtech did this. The link is at the bottom of this article.Xbox 360 Revision System Off Idle Halo 3 Rockband 2 Gears of War 2Xbox 360 S(Valhalla) 0.6W 70.4W 87.0W 82.7W 88.0W Xbox 360 (Jasper) 2.0W 93.7W 105.9W 101.0W 105.9W Xbox 360(Falcon) 2.8W 101.4W121.2W 112.8W 121.5W Xbox 360(Xenon) 2.3W 155.7W177.8W 167.7W 177.1W


    Thanks webdawg77, looks like the 360 finally has consumption down to ps3 slim levels. Nice to see they're making progress. I have a Jasper unit, power consumption and heat were the main reasons i waited so long to buy a 360. Hopefully they keep the wifi unit for the new arcade unit if they release one.
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