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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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The new chips

The first chip we find on the motherboard is the south bridge that looks only slightly modified from the one on the previous generation.  Though the model numbers have changed ever so slightly we can't find any noticeable feature changes or option changes other than the increased amount of USB connections that would indicate drastic modifications to this part of the system.

This image just kind of shows why we feel the new motherboard design is less crowded and more efficient for cooling, etc.
The HANA-based video processor remains the same on the new Xbox 360 S model.

The bare motherboard reveals the entire layout and the now unified CPU/GPU (Microsoft calls it an XCGPU) design. 

The new CPU/GPU hybrid chip is built on a 45nm process technology from Chartered/GlobalFoundries and marks a significant change in the design of the system as a whole.  The first Xbox 360s were built using 90nm processors (PowerPC) and 90nm GPUs (ATI Xenos) and over the years we have seen revisions of 65nm CPUs and 80nm GPUs, 65nm CPUs and 90nm GPUs and then eventually down to 65nm for both CPU and GPU with the Jasper motherboard. 

The new Valhalla motherboard used in the Xbox 360 S combines the CPU and GPU onto a single chip - a trend that we are seeing both from Intel (Westmere cores) and AMD (Fusion).  While we don't know for sure if the two chips are combined onto a single die, I would really doubt that to be the case as it would require some very intense engineering on the part of both IBM's and ATI's development teams to make it work.  More than likely, we are looking at a two-die package under a single heat spreader design - similar to what Intel is doing with current generation Westmere CPUs. 

Either way, the change from a technological perspective is important and noteworthy as it is the first instance of a "high performance" graphics core being paired with a "high performance" CPU core in a product that will see millions of sales.  Yes we have the Intel Core i5 processors but I wouldn't put the Intel HD Graphics core on par with the Xenos-based design here.  And while AMD's Fusion parts will fall into this same realm we are still months from seeing production parts.

Ironically, Microsoft appears to be ahead of the game in terms of computing hardware. 
Just for your reference I have included shots of the dies from the previous generation Xbox 360 (Falcon board) and the new Xbox 360 S. 



On a side note: doesn't it look like the printing on this chip was done with a dot-matrix machine?
Keep in mind of course that with the heat spreader in place it's just about impossible for us to see what exactly is going on underneath.  Apparently, attempts to remove the head spreader have been...unsuccessful. 

On the next page we will show you power consumption numbers that compare the Xbox 360 to the Xbox 360 S in the off state, idle state and while under a gaming load.

October 8, 2011 | 09:57 PM - Posted by Tam (not verified)

Exactly how reliable is the new Xbox 360(slim). Meaning the Disc tray error, the red dot of death.? My Falcon Xbox 360 gaves out earlier this week. I'm thinking of picking up the slim. However, I'm a little concern with the slim's hardware performances after three or four hours of straight playing through with some of the rpg type games. I've read and views sites, videos on the slim, but i still have doubts. Great inside look into the slim's hardware.

October 14, 2011 | 06:56 AM - Posted by ProtoBytes (not verified)

I have the XBOX S Super Elite, it is the HALO Reach LTD. The side of the case clearly indicates a different CPU: X807304-002, Also indicating a different GPU type as well... There are images of this on the Internet if you need more details.

October 26, 2011 | 05:12 AM - Posted by nemrosim9 (not verified)

Whats the name of the 1st person shooter that was released when the 360 was first released? I thought it was the original killzone, but I think im mistakin...can anybody answer this ?

October 30, 2011 | 11:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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November 16, 2011 | 09:07 PM - Posted by Julie (not verified)

Is the hardware inside the 4GB slim model the exact same as the hardware found inside the 250GB slim model? Is the only difference the larger hard drive that comes with the 250 GB model?

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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

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Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

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You're too shy to say it
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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

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Never gonna make you cry
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Your heart's been aching but
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Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
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Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
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Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

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

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Mc smalley yeah dats ma name, Guna go by the flow
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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
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Wana jump on the mic, I'm 11 years old
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Yes 1
Cumin on hyper
Cumin on strong
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Ye wkd
Cumin up again yes I
B a m we got the bassline, so curse lee don't mess wi us
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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
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Cumin up agen
Dj bad boi ride wid him, ride wid him, ride wid da riddim,
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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:

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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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