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The New Xbox 360 S "Slim" Teardown: Opened and Tested

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Enter the new guy

First and foremost, it appears impossible to get inside the new Xbox 360 S (that is what Microsoft refers to it as now) without breaking a few clips here and there.  We were still able to get it back together without a problem just don't be surprised if you see bits of plastic strewn around your work area after doing something like this. 

The easy part is removing the top grates around the hard drive bay area and the top of the system but getting under these plastic plates was much more problematic.  Just be prepared to hear things snap off but be slow and they should come out eventually.

The new Xbox 360 S includes 802.11n WiFi - a welcome addition from the previous models that included NO wireless connection option.  The method Microsoft used though was pretty humorous; the WiFi chip is actually built on to a USB dongle that is located just below the top grate and is held in place by a screw.  Either MS decided to add this in last minute or they wanted an easy serviceable and upgradeable solution. 

After getting the top and bottom off removing the sides should be a little bit easier.  There are clips holding the two halves together along the back (seen above) and quite a few more along the front panel.

The clips along the front are a bit hard to get to without damaging the exterior of your Xbox 360 S but some getting prodding with a flat head screw driver should get the job done. 

Also be careful with the small ribbon cable that is permanently affixed to the front plate that connects to the power button and lights.

This is the device that the ribbon cable attaches to (top right hand corner there) and is easily removable with a couple of screws. 

We are now fully inside the new Xbox 360 S and you can see that there is a significant decrease in the amount of cooling required. 

The optical drive is a Lite-On model that was much quieter than our original Xbox 360's drive.

Taking out the optical and hard drives reveals the much smaller, and less crowded, PCB. 

This is the only fan and heatsink in use on the new Xbox 360 S and because it is larger it can rotate more slowly and thus generates less noise than the previous models pair of fans.  I have included a video of the Xbox 360 S versus Xbox 360 noise properties below - be sure to check it out!


For a comparison, you can see the heatsinks AND fan used on the new console on the left while the two larger heatsinks and heatpipes were required for the older generation Xbox 360.  Without a doubt the new processing cores (which we will show on the next page) are using less power and generation less heat.  All good news for anyone that has gone through the red ring of death. 
UPDATE: We had some requests to show the hard drives (which I apologize for leaving out before) so here you go.
On the bottom of the new Xbox 360 S there is an easily removable portion of the plastic grate that reveals the user replaceable hard drive.  The drive is still a standard 2.5-in hard drive but is locked in place to a proprietary Microsoft enclose unfortunately.

The first model of the S comes with a 5400 RPM 250GB drive from Hitachi.

All there is to removal now is a ribbon that attaches to a button on the bottom of the casing.  If you were hoping to be able to easily replace the hard drive that still isn't going to be the case - the enclose is glued shut.  We did try putting in a standard 2.5-in HDD (without the enclosure) but the system didn't recognize the device as expected.
December 12, 2011 | 07:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

haha get a grip pricks

December 16, 2011 | 04:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Look, can we all just get along! Maybe Adam Wood is gay but we don't give one.

December 19, 2011 | 07:07 AM - Posted by AnonymousThel33tmaster (not verified)

Wouldn't mind seeing some old broken apple iPods being broken down and compared under the hood hardware wise and software maybe if possible. And also what did u guys do with the scraps? From taking this thing apart? I need a new disc drive and laser. My falcon xbox half the time won't open and then won't read disc it takes an hour just to play a game and I'm just a week out of warranty when this happens as if they built it to self destruct in 1-2 yrs. Greed I hate it almost as bad as immature kids in the comments and on xbl. Anyway I would like to know if there are any performance differences besides it's quieter and has less heat. My latest version of the arcade died from disc and laser getting dusty probly just needs cleaning. And didn't rrod. Suprisingly. Anyway just wanted to know if maybe frame per second would be better or if it would look slightly better and have faster load times stuff like this. Since my old one did have long long load times before it died. I've had 3 Xboxs that all broke at least 3-4 times a yr under warranty or rrod and my friend did to it was guarenteed to fail. Hope they didn't put a Self desruct timer on this one as well like thermal tape melts and it over heats after 2yrs warrant expires

January 7, 2012 | 08:47 PM - Posted by Ricky Mossman (not verified)

If you read this then you are gay

January 22, 2012 | 03:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

get a life this is junk,PS3 is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better,the nintendo wii even looks better from inside than this crap xbox.

January 23, 2012 | 07:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Right, you have all had it now you bunch of ass holes. you can all fuck off and go back to your gay stations,and put your tiny cocks in to the usb ports

ps
trololololol

January 23, 2012 | 07:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

omg god piss off leave us alone freak

January 23, 2012 | 07:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

how much do you like you xbox ?

January 23, 2012 | 11:13 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

now now, we are all civilzed people here so can we please get back on the topic.

January 25, 2012 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I like my. Xbox I'm coming down to vist rainford high school just to see what's it like ill tell you all if its good or a peice off crap

January 30, 2012 | 07:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ok see you when what day are you coming to visit the school? johnfoz96

January 30, 2012 | 07:26 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

tom robets

January 30, 2012 | 07:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

please stop putting stupid stuff on this blog/web site

January 30, 2012 | 07:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

THE GAME

January 30, 2012 | 07:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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January 30, 2012 | 07:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

stop thing about the game dont ever talk about the game dont look at the game

January 30, 2012 | 07:35 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

.

January 30, 2012 | 07:37 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ooh ooh

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it
And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/r/rick-astley-lyrics/never-gonna-give-you-up...)
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Ooh, give you up)
(Ooh, give you up)
(Ooh)
Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up)
(Ooh)
Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up)

We've know each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it

I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

p.s THE GAME

January 30, 2012 | 07:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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Don't you know about the bird?
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SURFIN' BIRD!!!!

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Yeah everybody's heard, about the bird !
Everybody's heard, about the bird !

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

Don't you know about the bird?
Well everybody's heard, about the bird !

Bird bird bird, the bird is the word !
Bird bird bird, the bird is the word ! Go!!
(Claps)

Everybody's heard, about the bird !
[Repeat 8 times]
Yeah!!!

Everybody's heard about the bird !
Everybody's heard about ... bird !

January 30, 2012 | 07:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes I
Mc smalley yeah dats ma name, Guna go by the flow
Guna play the game, guna roll the dice once or twice
Pushin an a feelin nice, u got me, u got me rushin the maaa
Bit a bad boi, pull up the shots so we cum dancing dwn
Yes I, pass us the mic, hold on tite bit a bad boi
Guna feel alrite, it's the mc smalley 1 2 3
Sh'all goin out to the prest lee... ye it's wkd
Hummin n a bum n a kickin the bass, mc smalley guna win this race
Am the best mc to walk on this globe
Wana jump on the mic, I'm 11 years old
Mc smalley yes I am the best, if u don't no am from the north-west

Yes 1
Cumin on hyper
Cumin on strong
Prest lee bad boy's, with our guns we'll blow your liver n blow your lungs

Ye wkd
Cumin up again yes I
B a m we got the bassline, so curse lee don't mess wi us
Dnt giv 1 out coz I am da buzz, 1 bad boi aint guna do dis
Hard-er-ly ever they tek the piss

Yes Iiiii
U no the sound inside rock to the bass rock to the bassline

Ye is wkd

All u mc's get redy 4 me, it's the mc small from prest lee
One fukin mc, is to the mic, yer nice n easy coz I live a life dats smoking free
Dnt wana head n a dnt wana beat
Cz don't give me a *** naaa giv me a lite while smoking anuva
One time bad bois thru out this mc, ride wi the beat wile rockin wi me
Ye jump up that rite maa son, lose to the dj, hold my grand check
One time bad bois thru out this mc, ride wi the beat wile rockin wi me
Check check live an direct, lose 2 tha man mutha fukin hit... yes wiked
Cumin up agen
Dj bad boi ride wid him, ride wid him, ride wid da riddim,
Dnt giv it I'm wen they cumin on nuttin, mc smalley yeah dats ma name
Jump ump ump I go like a plane, yes iiii, siii to that, hus at the mic yes I correct

Cumin on bk like a racin nova, how u winnin start bubblin chris
One time bad boi's guna take the piss,
One time u no the score see mc small u no u want more
Jus gi me a shout or knock on my door, I'm the best mc 2 walk on this globe
Yes yes... giv the dj bit ov time

February 3, 2012 | 04:20 AM - Posted by adam wood (not verified)

Ooh ooh

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it
And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Ooh, give you up)
(Ooh, give you up)
(Ooh)
Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up)
(Ooh)
Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up)

We've know each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it

I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

June 20, 2012 | 02:51 PM - Posted by itim1987 (not verified)

Man-O'-Man. First off silly kiddies,go troll around on MySpace or Facebook; better yet, go clean up your room or something. Go make yourself useful. While you're at it, clean up those potty mouths of yours ;P

@Julie: If your question hasnt already been answered, the hardware is the same as the 250GB variant. The only thing that is different is that you don't have a hard drive in the hard drive bay.

@Tam: If your question hasnt been answered by now, the hardware is quite reliable considering its been about two years since I purchased my 250GB variant. The reduced heat output from the energy efficient components hinder "RDOD" from occuring (Versus the last generation of 360 variants that were bulky, power-hungry beasts).

@Anonymous Kiddies: Please go troll around some other site (MySpace, Facebook, My Yearbook, whatever). Better yet, go make yourself useful and clean those filthy mouths and rooms of yours. Im sure most you kids these days need some help, so ill cite a website I really urge you to browse:

www.thepinnacleschools.com/

Residential Treatment Programs for Academic/Behavior/Medical Issues including ADHD!

Happy Reading :D

March 19, 2013 | 02:49 PM - Posted by Tech[Tim] (not verified)

AGREED

March 19, 2013 | 02:51 PM - Posted by Tech[Tim] (not verified)

AGREED

December 22, 2012 | 07:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

January 8, 2013 | 01:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i realy see no harm cuz may be u dont have an x box 360 thats why you are flipping now go suck ratchet pussy

March 18, 2013 | 11:47 PM - Posted by Tech[Tim] (not verified)

Microsoft made a very good system this go around. I've had my Xbox 360 S for almost 3 years now. I've had no overheating issues whatsoever. The only downfall about the console is the fact that it is boring black. If you have he extra $60 or so, buy a clear case mod for it. It will make the console look as good as it performs.

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ADAM 3===D

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