Originally Posted by Feyris
Funnily enough I have a working Xenon thats outlasted all the other failed systems which was Opus x2 & Jasper. This 2011 Refurbed MS Elite seems to be another one of MS's mystery replacement boards or something as it looks different than Jaspers but uses same plug & pulls less power + heat + noise = dead silent.
Now that sounds interesting. I'd love to see one of them mystery boards with my own eyes
Too bad I live too far from official Microsoft centers that include an xbox support team, so the chance of encountering one is quite slim :/
Originally Posted by dlee7283
The gpu/cpu were too close together on the 360 revs prior to the slim, it ended up warping the pcb from the massive heat output, sometimes even reballing wasn't good enough. If they would have designed the pcb board more efficiently in house they could have had the gpu and cpu in different places and probably avoided a good 50 percent return. They ended up fixing the problem once they put the cpu and gpu on one die
but by then the 360 was past its prime.
Also I use to fix 360's, they are the shottiest engineering job in the history of gaming consoles. I have no idea why Microsoft cheapened out so badly when they had the money to make it right the first time...
The Wii might have been underpowered and made fun of but inside it was an excellent design job. Same with the Wii U.
Actually, even that didn't eradicate the problem entirely. I occasionally encounter RROD slims as well; in fact, one came in just today, and the culprit is indeed the CGPU. Will be doing a reball tomorrow
Oh, and one more thing about slims: even though the CGPU failure rate went down considerably, a new issue popped up: the southbridge
66-75% of RROD slims that come to me actually require a southbridge reflow/reball rather than the CGPU. Just one more engineering oversight atop the already considerably-sized pile