Xbox 360 E Teardown

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Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

Playtime is over. The Xbox 360 got an update and a place on our teardown table. Join us as we dive in and see what makes this round of the 360 tick.

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Edit Step 1 Xbox 360 E Teardown  ¶ 

  • At the E3 2013 Xbox Media Briefing, Microsoft briefly announced a redesigned version of the Xbox 360 styled after the much anticipated Xbox One.

  • Despite a new look, the Xbox 360 E's tech specs are nearly identical to those of the Xbox 360 S:

    • 4 or 250 GB Hard Drive

    • Internal Wi-Fi capability

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  • Microsoft did a little bit of housekeeping with the backside of the Xbox 360 E, yielding a neater port layout that does away with the old A/V and S/PDIF ports in favor of a single composite out jack.

  • Apparently having five USB ports was excessive, so now you only get four. The E has two ports in the front to match the two seen here, dropping one of the rear USB ports found in the S.

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  • Back on the front of the device, the first thing we notice is a warning sticker. It seems that Microsoft hasn't yet caught up to Sony's skip protection technology.

  • Our new, out of the box console has some cosmetic damage. The Xbox 360 logo on the optical disc drive faceplate is missing a portion of the "X." We hope this is just a one time occurrence and not common to other Xbox 360 E consoles.

    • Regardless, we'll love our Microsoft Ybox just the same.

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  • Just like the previous generation, the hard drive comes out easily with the help of a handy-dandy pull tab.

  • Speaking of "just like the previous generation," the 250 GB hard drive in our console is labeled as an Xbox 360 S hard drive.

    • Talk about cutting costs; Microsoft didn't even print new stickers to put on the E's hard drive case.

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  • If there's something we here at iFixit can't do, it's leave a "black box" alone.

  • We slice open the hard drive case to see who's providing the storage for our particular Xbox.

  • The 5400 RPM Seagate 250 GB hard drive is pretty cool, but we're more intrigued by what's underneath it.

  • Closer inspection shows that not only does the hard drive case have a pull tab, it has a spring-loaded pull tab.

  • A standard 2.5" SATA hard drive means I can safely upgrade my Xbox 360 E, right?

    • Unfortunately, no. Any attempt to "disassemble, decompile, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, or modify" hardware is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and may result in enforcement action.

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  • Removing the bottom and top panels requires us to release a few clips along the perimeter of each panel with the aid of our metal spudger.

  • A pleasant side effect of the new, subdued design is that these top and bottom panels come off far more easily than on the 360 S. Without the chrome bezels, there are fewer clips to pop and less to break on your way inside.

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  • This feels familiar…

  • Just like the 360 S, the E's top panel and left case require some precise and diligent spudgering to remove.

  • Our first glimpse inside the Xbox 360 E shows us, well, not much besides the metal frame. It looks like we'll have to keep digging.

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  • New to the 360 E, the front buttons are housed on their own separate board within the front panel, rather than residing on the RF module.

  • There's not much to admire on the button board, but Microsoft did take the effort to make sure their name was printed quite prominently on it.

  • The following buttons are located on the button board:

    • Power button (surrounded by LEDs for that characteristic glowing ring)

    • Disc tray eject button

    • Connect (wireless sync) button

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  • Unlike the hard drive, Microsoft redesigned, and even printed new stickers for, the Xbox 360 E's RF module.

  • The new module is labeled as model 1575, compared to the old model number 1409. That's 12% more model number!

  • While much of the board is largely unchanged, the absence of the power button backlight found in the Xbox 360 S is easily noticed.

  • Even Microsoft's X857052-001 IC is the same part from the 360 S' RF module.

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  • The Wi-Fi board is tucked away in the backside of the console.

  • We found the following ICs on the Wi-Fi board:

    • Marvell 88W8786U integrated MAC/baseband/RF SoC

    • Skyworks 2597L 2.4 GHz power amplifier with power detector

    • California Eastern Laboratories μPG2179TB SPDT switch

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  • This screw came pre-screwed-up. We're beginning to think that our 360 E's assemblers chose expediency over error elimination.

  • The Torx screws in the metal frame are reluctant to let go, so we grab the extension from our 54 bit driver kit and use it to activate high-torque driver mode.

  • With the final component of the outer case out of the way, we get to the really good stuff at last.

  • Inspection at a macro level reveals no major changes. We'll have to see what happens if we go deeper.

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  • The design of the optical drive remains unchanged. The optical drive in this particular Xbox 360 E is the Lite-On DG-16D5S.

  • Microsoft claims that the Xbox 360 E is "quieter than ever." How much of that quiet has to do with the fans is unknown seeing as how the fan is identical to the fan found in the Xbox 360 S.

  • The fan is labeled as X858313-008; its lovely cowling is labeled F94, or X857295, in fine print.

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  • With the guts of the E cleared out of the way, we can finally gain access to its brain.

    • Disclaimer: Anatomical accuracy not guaranteed.

  • If you've ever been around an Xbox 360, chances are you've heard of the Red Ring of Death—a catastrophic failure caused by overheating that was rampant in nearly every revision of the console.

  • Finally, after a drastic redesign to the processors and their heat sink in the Xbox 360 S, Microsoft seems to have the overheating issues under control, and is continuing to use the same cooling system in the 360 E.

  • With the heat sink unclamped and free to move about the cabin, we pop it off to take a gander at the processor.

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  • It's time to think inside the box. The prominent ICs found on the frontside of the motherboard:

    • GlobalFoundries (joint venture of AMD and ATIC) XCGPU SoC (combination of the Xenon CPU and the Xenos X818337 GPU onto the same die, with eDRAM in the same package)

    • Microsoft X850744-004 south bridge

    • Hynix HY27US08281A 128 Mb NAND flash

    • Samsung K4J10324KG-HC14 1 Gb GDDR3 SDRAM (total of four = 4 Gb = 512 MB)

  • On the backside...

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  • Xbox 360 E Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

  • Without the flashy chrome bezels, the 360 E's case is easier to open than 360 S.

  • Highly modular design allows replacement of drives, fan, Wi-Fi card, RF module, button board, and heat sink independently.

  • Use of cards and connectors instead of cables, where possible, makes disassembly and reassembly a snap.

  • The hard drive is easily accessible for upgrade or replacement but requires buying a proprietary Xbox hard drive.

  • Use of clips instead of screws on the main case makes opening more difficult and potentially damaging.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Any changes to the external power brick? That part is clearly the loudest part of the old S-Modells. Did they address that?

TOMillr, · Reply

Can you please provide the dimensions of the new model? Wondering how the case size differs from the previous version. Thanks.

Cam, · Reply

The dimensions are 10 3/8 inches x 10 inches x 2 5/8 inches, and can also be found in the updated Technical Specs section on the device page.

Sam Lionheart,

Where as I would like to agree with the state of the hard drive only being able to be replaced by a microsoft xbox hard drive is not factually true. There are programs out there that will take any drive and format it in their special format. I have done this with several xbox units spaning all of their models. Use xbox live and have yet to have any issues.

jason, · Reply

Its 4gb ram changed from 512 mb ram

Bhairav pardiwala, · Reply

its 4 gigabit of ram... thats 512 mega bytes... 8 bits = 1 byte

King,

This should be changed from

"(total of four = 4 Gb = 512 MB)"

to

"(total of four; 1 Gib * 4 = 4 Gib = 512 MiB)".

XP1,

im sorry but isint 1024 mb = 1gb?

so why is everything in half's?

qpunk,

@qpunk

1024 MiB = 1 GiB

1024 Mib = 0.125 GiB

1024 Mib * 8 = 0.125 GiB * 8 = 1 GiB

Lowercase b represents bit. Uppercase B represents byte.

XP1,

oh ok thank you. Didn't know about the lower and uppercase "B"

qpunk,

Although the XBox Live TOS dictates that you can't replace a HDD, in practice MS does not care and you can use any 2.5" HDD you want. They don't enforce banning people because they didn't use an official MS HDD.

Casual Cynic, · Reply

Will an xbox 360 slim fan replacement work in this model?

BAG Smith, · Reply

Nice Teardown, but what i really want to know, is that little fan in the power brick still that loud as we know it from the Slim Version of 360 after 10 minutes of usage?

thanks

Kracksn, · Reply

Has anyone added an external antenna to the Xbox 360 E's 1488 board at the ufl connector via a UFL to RPSMA cable?

MD Willington, · Reply

According to Microsoft's documentation, there is no optical audio port on the back of the new Xbox. That port is a composite video output connector in 3.5mm form (http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/s...) & (http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/a...)

Chuck Yoder, · Reply

thank U , this is nice !

ozygaro,

Old motherboard:http://www.homebrew-connection.org/imgs/...

It looks like that MS just altered the port layout of the corona pcb

Honam1021, · Reply

That's why you don't modify the official HD and just get an enclosure designed for the 360 S

It's a way to avoid modifying official hardware and try not to violate the TOS, because it sounds like that applies to Microsoft hardware

Nick, · Reply

To disable RF emission and reception, is it sufficient to remove the RF chip on the RF module, or should the WHOLE RF module be removed?

Thank you!

Cameron Feb 13 2014

Cameron, · Reply

The RROD problem was solved well before the S model was released. There was a die shrink and revision of the board that also allowed them to correct the issue that caused the overheating due to heat not being conducted away from the chip properly. The S model came with another die shrink that also combined the CPU and GPU into a single package.

Global Foundries is not a joint venture of AMD. It is a separate company that was spun off from AMD. A critical difference that has much to do with why AMD gave up owning its own foundries.

epobirs, · Reply

I agree that it's unfortunate Microsoft forces an official HDD purchase, but this is not actually necessary for the mildly tech-savvy, and it should be pointed out. All that is required is to flash the bios of an appropriate model hard drive to make it appear to the 360 as though it's an officially supported, MS-blessed model. This does not get you banned, and moreover does not break the law. Let your fingers do the googling.

Bmur, · Reply

I'm not tech-savvy and I just came across this site searching the new 360 model. All I want to know is, considering I want to keep a 360 around for the longest time while paying the least amount of money on repairs and such, should I buy the S or the E?

Dyrrek, · Reply

I just purchased the xbox 360 E 4gb and have now found that I need to purchase a hard disk also. I've been told that it uses the same hard drive as the xbox 360 slim, can anyone confirm this as I want to be sure before buying one?

Veronika, · Reply

Yes it uses a 360 Slim drive/drive case. I just bought the case on eBay and flashed a WD Scorpio Blue 120gb drive and it works fine. I have been using it for a month now and no ban or other issue.

markgsmintl,

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