Limited Edition Red Xbox 360 Elite is a Jasper!


Just a quick update on the Limited Edition Red Xbox 360 bundle due out on March 13th with the release of Resident Evil 5. Thanks to the unboxing video created by Xbox Live’s Director of Programming Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) it has now been confirmed that the red Xbox 360 contains the new Jasper chipset. During the video Larry states that he has been asked about the new console’s power supply and then goes on to say that it is the 150W version.

Why is this significant you ask? The only 360 revision that uses the 150W PSU is the latest one that makes uses of the new chipset named Jasper made up of both a 65nm GPU and 65nm CPU. That’s just swell but what does it mean to you or I? It means that the console is more efficient, requiring less power (hence the PSU dropping to 150W from the 175W unit the Falcon chipset uses) and producing less heat.

RROD no more!

RROD no more with Red Xbox 360?

Since the origin of the Red Ring of Death (RROD) fault has been tracked back to overheating within the console, the Jasper chipset should finally signal the end of the issue that has plagued the 360 from the outset. The reduced heat production also means that less cooling is required and the system fans are able to run at a slower speed making for a quieter and overall more pleasant to live with Xbox 360.

For those that haven’t kept up with the changes made to the 360 console during its lifetime it’s worth pointing out that the Red Elite (as with all currently available 360 consoles) sports an HDMI port so you should have no trouble hooking it up to your spangly new HDTV even if it offers no component inputs.

So if you’ve been put off by the reliability and lack of HDMI connection option in the past perhaps now is the perfect time for you to pick up an Xbox 360.

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2 Responses to “Limited Edition Red Xbox 360 Elite is a Jasper!”

  1. 1 Deny

    Unfortunately, despite everyones hopes and desires the Jasper is still suspect to RRoD/RLoD. One of my friends bought a Jasper unit and within two months it had died on him.

    Maybe it’s a coincidence but so long as they use the x-clamps to hold on those heatsinks, I forsee the problem reoccuring here just as it did in the Falcon and the original.

  2. 2 Video Game Talk

    I’m sorry to hear that, it really is about time we saw the end of the RROD failures. Let’s hope that the cooler running Jaspers at least decrease the occurrence of the evil red lights even if they don’t banish them for good.

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