Inside a 60 gig Xbox 360

Well of course I couldn’t resist grabbing one of these, and since I need parts anyway for an upcoming contest, why not?

This is about the 10th Xbox 360 I've bought, but I've probably lost count
“60 GIGA PRO-GEAR SPEC” would be a lot catchier.

The big question of course is whether or not this unit has the new 65nm GPU… check out the photos below to see!

The box. They stuck on a sticker, but the box print has 60 on it as well. I would have put an exclamation point after “hard drive!” but that’s just me…

FYI this unit was built on 6-20-08 and is lot # 825.

There it is. Now your Xbox can have the same size hard drive as a 4 year old laptop. Personally I don’t see why the Xbox & Ps3 are so hung up on hard drive space, you either have one, or you don’t (ahem Wii) I never even filled up my old 20 gig’er, personally…

So far so normal...
Looks normals so far. Current 65nm CPU & heatsink… same old “super” GPU heatsink. I bet a lot of the cost reduction on the 360 was getting rid of the old heatpipe/copper CPU… copper is pretty costly these days!

A close-up of the DVD drive specs, for those who care.

One less thing to worry about.
Ah, I have found a difference! This is the first Xbox 360 I have seen that does not have the bottom-mounted memory chips. I had heard on the interwebs these have been a heat problem in the past (or moreso that people fixed problems by improving their heat sink to the case) so I’m sure this will help performance as well as aid cost reduction.

And here’s the GPU… and it’s the same. Can’t say I’m surprized… the first Elites didn’t even have the improved GPU heatsink, and the 65nm CPU’s didn’t roll out (or rather because easily obtainable) until about 4 months after they were of supposed to have appeared.

The power supply is the real kicker for new Xbox 360 owners to check. The old model was 203 watt… the new ones with a 65nm CPU are 175 watt (as shown)… and likely any model with a 65nm GPU will be around 140-150 watts.

Well, there it is, the insides of a new Xbox 360 60 gig unit. Take it for what you will.

120 thoughts on “Inside a 60 gig Xbox 360”

  1. nice job hacking apart the new 60GB 360. having suffered a bunch of RRODs (i’m on my fifth console; thank goodness for that warranty), i’m pretty much resigned to the fact that I will have to buy another console at the end of the three year warranty. I know there’s no way to tell if the underlying hardware problems have indeed been addressed with this build, but given the side-by-side comparison of the guts of the original 360 and this one, it seems to me that at least some re-engineering went into their manufacture.

    Here’s hoping that my 360 lasts beyond Nov 2008, hopefully until the final rev of the console that will includes a BD player!

    Great write-up, Ben.

  2. the REASON why MS and Sony are hung up on getting bigger HDD’s is because (well in the fall for the 360 anyways) you can install games to the HDD’s to lower loading times. DU DUN DUNNNNNNNNNN!!!

  3. The whole “installing games to lower load times” isn’t a major problem with the 360. The reason they have to install them on the PS3 is because of the piss-poor transfer rates and seek times of the blue ray disc drive. I’ve played devil may cry on both systems and its virtually identical even with the “Mighty” PS3 and its 4+ GB installation is just a hair faster than the Xbox’s. At this point its just a pissing contest for PS3 owners to claim superiority over the 20GB drive. MGS4 has by far the worst loading times of any current gen game. Those “intermissions” are no excuse!

  4. Well, it’s nice to know the new reliability changes made to the 60gb unit… but I feel bad for that new unit you took apart. My own 60 gb unit was made 2 days before yours and was lot 824… I hope it never learns what happened to it’s younger brother. :D

  5. I went scrolling the stores today and found some 60gb models with the manufacturing dates of :


    The elites were :

    All arcades were :

    As far as the 60gb models go, maybe the falcon boards are coming to a close..

  6. hey john u ben reading 8-bit theater……the fanboy shit is annoying but ofcourse if they dont think about this or that they have 2 face the real world…good job on the tear down..u usaly manage to avoid flame wars im wagging my finger at u on that lol

  7. hi im interested in buying an xbox 360, iv got an lcd hd t.v but my freind said that a 20 gig xbox looks the same on a h.d telly and the normal telly. does the xbox 60 gig have better quality on a h.d t.v than the 20 gig xbox.reply back asap . thanks

  8. I just found one at Future Shop, that was manufactured on either September 11, or November 9, and is listed as Lot#0834. I haven’t opened the box yet, as I can’t return it if I do. This seemed to be the newest one I could find…the others were built in July and August.

    Is there any way to figure out if it’s a Jasper vs. Falcon?


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