Report: 360s sporting quieter drives

Hardware heads at Xbox-Scene disassemble a recently made 360--and uncover a DVD drive that reportedly makes a fraction of the original's noise.

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Whatever side you stand on in the system wars, there's no denying one thing about the Xbox 360: The thing is loud. Other than the two fans that work overtime to keep its three-cored, 3.2 GHz CPU cool, the console's biggest noisemaker is its DVD drive, which can often buzz or whir while loading game data.

Ooooh! The strong, silent type!

Now, it appears that the latter problem may be getting solved. According to Xbox-Scene, a site dedicated to disassembling and hacking Xboxes with near-religious fervor, newer models of the 360 are sporting a far quieter DVD drive.

"Microsoft has finally started using the new BenQ VAD6038 drive for the Xmas '06 production run (MFR date November '06 and up) to replace the Toshiba-Samsung and Hitachi-LG drives Microsoft dropped," writes XanTium, Xbox-Scene's first member. According to another poster, the BenQ drive "runs super quiet compared to the TS and HLG drives and even loads stuff a bit faster and smoother."

But although Xbox-Scene posted pictures of the new drive (pictured) as proof, Microsoft had not confirmed if new 360s had the drives as of press time. However, the inclusion of a new drive would only be the first 360 hardware improvement of 2007. This year, Microsoft will be introducing a new smaller and cooler 360 CPU made with the 65nm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) process and is rumored to have an HDMI-ready console with an expanded hard drive on the way.

Discussion

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hawkeye_12
hawkeye_12

o well, unless mine breaks, it just doesn't bother me, I can't see all the fuss about noise, mine sounds like a spitfire loading a game, but when your playing, and theres sound, you don't notice it.

dupe576
dupe576

Thats why i'm glad i got a 2 year replacement plan at bestbuy. All i have to do is turn my 360 in after the upgraded ones come out, say its broken, and i get a new one. problem solved.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

And this is the reason why the 360 will not have a price cut this year.

hovan316
hovan316

It just sucks for customers who already own an X360 and don't want to buy a new one when they (MS) eventually come out with the smaller/cooler CPU, a quiter DVD drive, an HDMI port, a larger hard drive (120G) and I'm pretty sure, an eventual internal HD-DVD drive. PS2 didn't get a major face lift. The slimmer version is the same thing as the original. They only added an internal Network card included, which wasn't used much anyway cause PS2 is not a huge online system. DS original and DS Lite is the same thing. The size of the handheld changed. PS1 original and PS1 (smaller) is the same thing. The size changed. So, please people, don't turn around and tell me that you actually appreciate what Microsoft is doing to its CURRENT X360 OWNERS. You guys are getting screwed up the *SS. They are adding things that current 360 owner will miss out on...and they will miss out BIGTIME!!!

soulessblade
soulessblade

Yeah, my 360 (March 06) is loud, but that's why I play with headphones, the only way to fly! Seriously, buy a really good pair of headphones, it's totally worth it. I did have a minor hickup with the disk tray recently, it wouldn't close, but that bizzarly seemed to fix itself. My old PS2 is bulletproof. I accidently left it too close to the heater over winter and the casing warped, but the bloody thing still works! A little of the topic but kudos to Nintendo though. I don't know if this is the same everywhere else, but Australian NES, SNES, Gameboy (up to but not including anything beyond the GBA Advance), all have LIFETIME warrenties against manufacturing faults. My SNES wouldn't fire up and they fixed it for free.

GT406
GT406

Im buying it If it takes a couple of houndred Euro to make my room NOT sound like an airport Count me in M$. Wow cant wait for all the xbots to try and justify M$'s screwover. And from another perspective i cant wait to see all the Sonyguys say"Told You Sow, Sony is delivering all in one package" . Anyhow PS3 & 360 FTW ! :-)

weaponx178
weaponx178

hey has anyone heard about the black 360 with 120 gig hard drive and hdmi port doesnt it just sound badass

samad5
samad5

I guess this is great news for new potential 360 buyers but bad for current ones who are stuck with the old rut. And here I was thinking Sony & Ninty wanted to milk us.........

striker2k3
striker2k3

another way to play with there costumers pockets.. GOOD JOB M$ I still don't like you :P

wwonka666
wwonka666

ElectrolightSH Microsoft is the best! When there is a problem they fix it and they do it right the first time... unlike $ony. ,,, I have a 360 and a Wii, why are you bashing $ony? Dont be blind to think that Microsoft didn't alter their warranty because of a defective product.

timmbo
timmbo

wow, all of us with 360's got screwed over, I would recommend that they add more standard laptop hard drive instead of selling there **** extremely overpriced 20GB that core owners got screwed on! money hungry M$. would is hurt to add a SD slot, internal hard drive?? mabey for there buisness in accessories!

thug9cole
thug9cole

oh well i have only had red lights on mine once and it was gone after turning the console off and on.. now if i could just stop it from freezing from time to time

teknocack
teknocack

'zidura "hovan316 Miscrosoft screwing their current customer: Round 1: quiteter DVD drive Round 2: Smaller/Cooler CPU = Less overheating/less noise Round 3: HDMI port Round 4: Bigger hard drive (they have no choice with all the content you can download) Round 5: Internal HD-DVD drive (why do I have a feeling this will actually happen when the PS3 really picks up by 200. Well folks, there you go. I hope you enjoy your current generation X360, cause it's surely gonna get a major face lift in the months to come. Thank you Microsoft for screwing your current customers once again!!!" *hovan316*" Yeah!! I hate it when products are improved and refined to work better and provide a better product for consumers! What a bunch of jerks, making a quieter, cooler, and more efficient system!!! Since you may not be able to tell -- that was sarcastic. I own a "launch window" 360 and I might just buy the new HDMI 360 (if they release one) and let my kids keep the old one. I bought the old bulky PS2 and then the Slimline so what's the difference? Or how about the Nintendo DS and then the DS Lite? This is normal, people! If you don't want to buy the new one, don't!!! Enjoy what you have and stop whining.''' In....credible. Does anyone really need to comment on the current arguement? Stupid question, It seems that I must. First of all...zidura...thank you for being a voice of reason amongst a sea of idiots. Secondly, hovan316, you have no grasp of reality in the electronics world. It is possible that you have some menial position in aforesaid world and don't have the intelligence to sync up with it, but you have no real ability to put 2 and 2 together. Either way, your statement has no merit intrinsically, or or extrinsically (by observation with no deduction, except a cursory scan). hovan316 is absolutely correct in promoting the fact that electronic products constantly improve after the initial purchase. This is because the computer programming that is used to make these products work today(12bit,108Mhz DVD players anyone?)is so complex (consumers damand more functionality for a lower price every single year and still wanting these products to work for 20 years or more), that no simulation can predict all the possible problems. Don't belive me? Check out the forum posts of the owners of the Sony DVP-NS975V. Great DVD Player made a few years ago that needed a firmware update to make it work to spec. The PS3 has just recieved it's firmware update which is version 1.51. So the reality is that either platform needs to evolve as it's user base evolves. Think it through, dude. Alright cheesballs, discuss.

theKSMM
theKSMM

The 360 is undoubtedly the loudest console I have, but it's not so loud that it disturbs me while I'm gaming or watching TV. I do hope, however, that people finally stop blaming the fans for making the noise that the spinning 24X (or whatever it is) DVD drive is making. As far as redesigns, I don't sweat it. I've had good times with the 360 for a year now, so if the CPU gets smaller or the DVD gets quieter, that's great for the new buyers. Welcome to the club. Now if they come out with a redesign like a black or cobalt blue model, then I'm all over it. ;)

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator

Awesome. A console upgrade for a non-customizable console. Microsoft making bank on the commonwealth.

zidura
zidura

Miscrosoft screwing their current customer: Round 1: quiteter DVD drive Round 2: Smaller/Cooler CPU = Less overheating/less noise Round 3: HDMI port Round 4: Bigger hard drive (they have no choice with all the content you can download) Round 5: Internal HD-DVD drive (why do I have a feeling this will actually happen when the PS3 really picks up by 200. Well folks, there you go. I hope you enjoy your current generation X360, cause it's surely gonna get a major face lift in the months to come. Thank you Microsoft for screwing your current customers once again!!! Yeah!! I hate it when products are improved and refined to work better and provide a better product for consumers! What a bunch of jerks, making a quieter, cooler, and more efficient system!!! Since you may not be able to tell -- that was sarcastic. I own a "launch window" 360 and I might just buy the new HDMI 360 (if they release one) and let my kids keep the old one. I bought the old bulky PS2 and then the Slimline so what's the difference? Or how about the Nintendo DS and then the DS Lite? This is normal, people! If you don't want to buy the new one, don't!!! Enjoy what you have and stop whining.

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

Microsoft is the best! When there is a problem they fix it and they do it right the first time... unlike $ony.

MxO
MxO

>SavoyPrime "Being an early adopter can suck. " A-yuh.

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

for all you ppl saying Microsoft is screwing they're customers.. Go back to school and learn to how to be better fanboy.. MS is making they're 360 better.. Just like Apple does with they're Ipods every year. Do i see you guys saying F___ Apple? Sony does it. NIntendo does it.. I swear of some you need to go back to school, I thought MS job was to get new customers. Oh its different when Sony does it because they're Sony.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Being an early adopter can suck. :(

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

This is nothing new, the original xbox had many alterations done to it and Microsoft would never admit it when I called them. The launch xbox systems were even visually different casewise from the later versions. I used to get a problem constantly that would say my disk was "dirty or damaged" and so after checking inside the system I sent it to Microsoft to fix. When I got it back I checked to see what they did and they only switched the cd drive to a newer version and sent it back to me. I made sure to wait a year this time before buying a 360 to wait for the to get the bugs out of it, I've been fine so far.

Yng-ePIc
Yng-ePIc

First the damn bears had lost the super bowl, and then I got three red lights on the same day :-( I hope they send me back a newer model 360. But for the newer, quieter 360. You probably will be able to turn in your old 360 at Ebgames or Gamestop and put up 100 to 150 more dollars to get the newer one. Thats only the price of about 2 games, so it's not that bad. They pretty much do this with every system. Just save a little money here and there now, and you shouldn't really have a problem when it comes out.

Tking1293
Tking1293

Man, mine was made in August.

hovan316
hovan316

Miscrosoft screwing their current customer: Round 1: quiteter DVD drive Round 2: Smaller/Cooler CPU = Less overheating/less noise Round 3: HDMI port Round 4: Bigger hard drive (they have no choice with all the content you can download) Round 5: Internal HD-DVD drive (why do I have a feeling this will actually happen when the PS3 really picks up by 2008). Well folks, there you go. I hope you enjoy your current generation X360, cause it's surely gonna get a major face lift in the months to come. Thank you Microsoft for screwing your current customers once again!!!

CJMcDursty
CJMcDursty

i have a launch system and have never had a problem with it

smithmattj
smithmattj

3 red lights of death = I'm sending my unit out (for the 2nd time) for replacement tomorrow. But, I'm sure I'll get all the old refurb'd stuff and none of this nicer new stuff.

jrapczak
jrapczak

LMAO ahhhhh man! Now, I understand putting out a DS Lite for a cheaper price 2 years after the original, but this?? Not even acknowledging it either! Man if I owned one of the old 360s I'd be beyond pissed. Of course, I'm sure everyone that did has since sent in their 360 one or two times for Red Light reasons since then and has gotten one of the newer ones anyways....

Jebril
Jebril

My 360 scratched my Oblivion copy and broke it while it was laying horizontally and not moving at all.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Holy cow, that seems like bomb upgrades. They keep this up i'm going to have to buy another 360 to get one with all the cool noiseless upgrades. If there is one thing i dont like about that console its the motor/fan/hardrive that makes that loud humming noise whenever a disk is spinning inside it. I mean even though i can tune it out in a short period of time, it would be nice if the system ran as quiet as lets say a ps2 or something.

jz4evr
jz4evr

macacd "i want a product recall on the old type, im sick of my discs being scratched." how about you stop moving your console while it's on. your problem is not with the system, it's with your brain

vamroc
vamroc

Dirk13 well this is a bummer, too bad microsoft cant do anything for us current 360 owners that would like a quieter faster drive, or HDMI, or quieter cooling. Posted Feb 7, 2007 9:50 am PT There is one thing you can do and thats keep buying the warrenty every year and break the system when the new model comes out. EB has a no questions asked (with in reason) return policy If your drunk girlfriend throws it at you because she thought it was a really heavy book your still covered. Just bring the peices back to the store and walk away with a brand new shiney 360. I do not advocate the destruction of any 360s you are better off trading in your 360 and paying the difference.

madden07klc
madden07klc

it doesnt matter the ps3 still has a self loading disk drive and its better

macacd
macacd

i want a product recall on the old type, im sick of my discs being scratched.

manolobrown2
manolobrown2

Well it looks like when all the improvements are done I will be buying myself a new 360!

brandontek
brandontek

it makes noise because of all the power that it has. It has sooo many important pieces that make the gameplay better, It needs to work harder(fans) to make the system not over heat..you can install 2 EXTRA fans to make ur 360 more less heated and less the chance of it being over heated.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Yeah the Xbox 360 is one loud Honking console. However I never seem to notice when I'm in the heat of battle playing a game. The improvements are good though.

Spincut
Spincut

well this is a bummer, too bad microsoft cant do anything for us current 360 owners that would like a quieter faster drive, or HDMI, or quieter cooling.

jz4evr
jz4evr

sharinganboy wrote "alright, what your basically saying here are all look and style upgrades. there were no performance ups here in any of these. the PS2 got "thinner", the DS got "liter", and the ipod released a v.2. and u cant say there were upgrades on ipods, because they just made like 10 different types of ipods(nano,video,mini,shuffle) no upgrades from the same type. for the xbox 360, there upping the HD a whopping 100GB to a 120 Gigs now instead of our subtle 20 (-.-') . their adding HDMI ports, a new cpu cooling system, and a quieter DVD drive which has more efficient loading times. and hopefully less lock-ups. so i definitely agree with mortzilla3 in saying that us older gen 360 owners should get some sort of upgrades, if not a whole new console, because this is easily over 200$ worth of add-ons to the 360 that we have, and the new buyers are going to get for the same price. so honestly, i would be extremely disappointed in microsoft if i dont get a share in these upcoming upgrades. " ummm try again. first off the 360, right now, is only getting a different drive not all that other stuff (ie bigger hard drive, hdmi) nothing which is speculated has been announced except the drive. with all the differnet ps2's they got many differnet drives though the life of the it and when they made the slim almost everything on the inside was replaced. the ds was mostly cosmetic but the screen was different and brighter. and the infamous ipod. your telling me that after you bought your ipod to listen to music and then they announced a ipod that played VIDEO you weren't like "OMGOMG I GOTTA GO BUY IT!!!" what i'm saying is that a different drive that only cuts down on the noise of the system really makes no difference to people that already bought a 360. personally i have a launch system and i can't heard it when i have my surround playing 10 seconds after i turn it on. i do agree if they release a system with a bigger hard drive and hdmi port i will be kind of mad, but there is no way that it will be the same price. also i don't really care cuz i do have a eb warranty that will replace my system that just "happens to break" right before the warrenty is over.

dmastor
dmastor

YEAH THAT CRAP IS LOUD sometimes while playing a stop a listen and say to myself what the hell is that noise also the 360 is not playing my ipod anymore and it won't download the software i hope this is not because of the zune, because it's not playing music off ah my computer

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

maybe soon they can put wireless in the box, pwetty please?

GrimBee
GrimBee

I wonder if Microsoft will have an upgrade system like they do with XP. It would be great for us to send our noisy consoles with no hdmi, and then get an updated one for like £50 or something. It would be better than being felt let down by not being told this news earlier. You can guarantee that M$ would of lost sales over christmas if they confirmed a quieter and faster 360 being released soon. I feel a bit cheated actually, to find that my brand new 360 of 1 month old is now going to be updated by one which is even better. Please Microsoft, offer some sort of "is your noisy 360 doing your head in? Send it to us to get a new version" campaign, they should do this, especially for the people with a year warranty still on it.

josh_b
josh_b

if you look at the first gen ps2's to the last of the regular size ps2's insides the differences are huge... I personally think they used cheaper quality parts in the newer versions of the console. Hopefully they won't do this with the 360

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

MS listens to its customers :)

Irve
Irve

yay for improvements !!!