Thought I would share this as I have not seen it yet. I got the 3RROD on my 360 and was upset. So I started reading up and found good info here on the fixes. I proceeded with the x-clamp mod and reflowed most of the chips on my board with my hot air station. I then proceeded to do the x-clamp fix and while I was in there I began to look around for a way to cool the GPU. Here is what I came up with. I added a small fan to the end of the heatpipe heatsink. I bought a 5 dollar HDD cooler from compusa and disassembled it and proceeded to add the fan to the system since there is no room under the dvd drive to add it. My 360 now runs much cooler, and quieter than before. I dont think the fans ever really speed up now. Here are the pics, ofcourse you would have to disassemble the 360 first. Thank you for a great site! Very informative. I hope this is helpful to all.
Fan attached using black zip ties. I just ran them through the heatsink and tightened them enough to hold it down.
Without camera flash.
Soldered to board for 12v and to the sheild for ground.
Close up of fan mounted.
Thanks James, Been running sweet since she went back together. No lockups, studders, lagging. I am just happy the damn fans have quieted down to a reasonable level. I think the seeking of the optical drive makes more noise than anything now. No complaints, I will keep fingers crossed that RROD is gone forever too
Very impressive! A tidy mod is that. Keep us posted on how it goes
I have a couple of queries about installing this mod.
Do the main fans run at a slower speed due to the increased heatsink cooling?
Is there a chance that the thermal tripout might kind of get fooled into not knowing the processor is getting cooked?
Is this the definition of irony?
EA being involved with games called bad company.
The main fans run slower purely because the system isnt producing the heat it used to. Correct me if I am wrong but I do believe the fans are controlled by a thermistor which in turn controls fan speed just like your desktop pc. The gpu is cooled by the same fans as the cpu so even if one or both get hot the fans speed up. Either way when I put my hand at the back of the box at the exhaust the air coming out is just a bit warmer than ambient temperature. So far I have had no problems and the thing has run like a chmap since completing the mods. I hope this clears things up, let me know if you have any more questions.
Good read on this subject here: Not sure if live links are ok so replace xxx woth www.
http://www.designnews.com/article/20962 ... ox_360.php
Sorry for the bump, but I have a few questions.
1: What size is that fan? I wanna guess 40mm
2: Aren't those little things loud?
3: Does this do any good? Seems kind of odd the send the hot air straight to the top of the console, unless that area gets good airflow.
All you need to do now is to somehow put a fan on top of the GPU/CPU heatsinks like on almost every computer.
SO how have you system been working? The fan on th gpu heatsink is sucking the hot air rite? Anything else u hav to do to remove the hot air it is sucking?