More Inside Pictures of the New Xbox 360 S

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • razercultmember1
    Wow we need that chip in netbooks :P
  • Tmanishere
    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.
  • zoemayne
    It 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.
  • insider3
    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.
  • blakeyon2asd
    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.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    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.
  • stoogie
    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
  • tharkis842
    What about power consumption during load?
  • Dkz
    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.
  • matt_b
    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.