Xbox 360 'Slim' CPU/GPU, Motherboard Leaked?

While Sony has made it standard practice to release a slimmer, lighter version of its PlayStation console in each of its three generations, Microsoft could be on the brink of its first.

Through various motherboard revisions, Microsoft has kept the form factor of the Xbox 360 nearly constant. Kotaku reports that supposedly leaked shots of a revised Xbox 360 motherboard have appeared on a Chinese forum and now point to what is potentially the first sign of an Xbox 360 'Slim'.

Most telling is what appears to be the integration of both the ATI-designed GPU and IBM-designed PowerPC CPU now in a single chip. Such a move would not only allow for a smaller footprint, but it would also drive up profits for the platform holder and also allow for price cuts to the consumer.

Perhaps coincidentally (or not), Microsoft has just posted a job listing looking for a Motherboard Design Engineer to work on the Xbox 360 team.

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  • builderbobftw
    I have had 3 Xbox's RROD on me.

    I bought me 4870 1gb, and never looked back.
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  • Billjr106
    Ive had 3 xboxes and have yet to have any crash, one is a release day box also... not saying they dont crash, just saying they all dont crash.... anyway the newer ones crash even less, and to the gentleman bashing the new form factor saying it too will crash, actually, slimmer streamlined layout with new smaller chip manufacturing process actually means less heat and less crashes... think next time...
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  • Anonymous
    because a CPU/GPU failure is common on consoles..... dude we talking about 5 year old tech shrunk down to probably 45nm or less with CPU and GPU on a single die, thats not to say an integrated piece of silicone, just that they plonked both them into the same package, saves money, more energy efficient and dissipates less heat, and MS is just the integrator, the CPU IP is owned and by IBM as is the GPU by ATI though the new package probably fabed by IBM, who strangely enough have a very good track record doing that sort of stuff

    get over the RROD already, not like a PS2 has ever melted on anyone....
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  • captaincharisma
    expect the failure rate to go up if they release the slim since they couldn't figure out how to stop the current one from overheating.

    crashbox fanbois in 3....2....1.....
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  • builderbobftw
    I have had 3 Xbox's RROD on me.

    I bought me 4870 1gb, and never looked back.
    27
  • Billjr106
    Ive had 3 xboxes and have yet to have any crash, one is a release day box also... not saying they dont crash, just saying they all dont crash.... anyway the newer ones crash even less, and to the gentleman bashing the new form factor saying it too will crash, actually, slimmer streamlined layout with new smaller chip manufacturing process actually means less heat and less crashes... think next time...
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