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This looks like a great gadget for your Xbox 360, and at a decent price as well! This is the Xbox 360 Cooling Fan (with 3 green LED fans) for £9.99 delivered from play.com.

Don't forget quidco.com for a wee bit of cashback as well.

* Three internal cooling fans with glowing green LED's * Increased airflow for your Xbox 360 console * Helps to reduce running temperature allowing your console to perform more efficiently and reliably * No modification of the console required * Auto power on & off with the console * Can be used with the console either in its horizontal or vertical positions *
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[mod]#1
Nice price for this emma :) looks kinda funky with the green light too
#2
hey!

i wudnt bother with this, as iv read that if you use these cooling devices with your 360, and your 360 packs up, microsoft wont bother fixing your console and they'll send it back to you. this is becaus the cooling fans seem to scratch sumthing inside the 360, and as soon as microsoft engineers see the scratch the only thing it cud be is one of these cooling fans.

cya!
#3
i have to agree with instinct, these things are a waste of money.

they have minimal impact on the actual cooling of the 360, and merely serve to propogate internet hysteria about the things overheating.

as long as you have your 360 well ventilated (ie not stuck in a cabinet, or other enclosed space with low air circulation) whilst it is switched on, you should have no problems.

in short, if your 360 is overheating anyway, one of these won't make the slightest bit of difference other than making it twice as noisy.

i don;t agree about them invalidating your 360 warranty with microsoft though, as they don't, they're external devices and don't scratch anything.

they're just a waste of money, even at a tenner :)
#4
I suggest you think long and hard before picking on of these up:
http://www.gwn.com/articles/article.php/id/813/p/1/

The 360's PSU is designed to provide a fairly exact current. If this cooler is piggybacking on the output from it, there's a fairly substantial risk of the console not receiving enough juice at startup which can lead to component failure.

Also, the connections are appalling quality, leading to such things as this:
http://www.tricktape.com/intercooler1.jpg
http://www.tricktape.com/intercooler2.jpg
#5
that's actually a Nyko intercooler in those pictures, iirc the model emma linked to is a 4Gamers product (which means it's probably even more likely to burn down your house lol)

but honestly, the 360's power connector is metal for a reason, there's a fair amount of juice flowing through there, which no doubt generates a lot of heat. so for them to go and make the connector on the cooler unit plastic shows a complete lack of common sense.

i also read elsewhere that this "burning" occurs because these units don't sit flush with the back of the unit, which i guess means the contact pins on the power plug dont connect properly either, causing sparks and thus a nice bit of plastic death :)
#6
That picture looks like someone has tried plugging the cooler in whilst the power is going through it. You can do the same with a kettle lead if its powered!

Ive had one of these nyko coolers for ages now and never once had a problem. Before i had one my xbox always crashed if i played it for more than 4 hours. I cant see how something that draws extra air away from the cpu and gpu can be bad?!

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The 360's PSU is designed to provide a fairly exact current. If this cooler is piggybacking on the output from it, there's a fairly substantial risk of the console not receiving enough juice at startup which can lead to component failure.
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Have you ever built a PC? you can add as many fans as your heart desires, the 360 is essentially a pc, i know because i have opened mine. The PSU is there to regulate the power and thats what it will do so the point you raised is kinda invalid.
#7
My 360 makes enough racket as it is, without strapping any more fans on! That said, it's never overheated so why would you need additional cooling?
#8
Stoo
I suggest you think long and hard before picking on of these up:
http://www.gwn.com/articles/article.php/id/813/p/1/

The 360's PSU is designed to provide a fairly exact current. If this cooler is piggybacking on the output from it, there's a fairly substantial risk of the console not receiving enough juice at startup which can lead to component failure.


This is (to put it nicely...) crap

The 360 has numerous usb ports on it, i have seen 2 on mine but might be more.

If you load these with devices where do they get the power from? thin air?

eg running two ipods off it to charge them

3 fans will not drain "valuable" power the 360 needs to run on.
A fan tends to (on average) use about 0.08Amps of power, three of these still is not enough to drain the 360.

So anyone thinking of buying one, ignore these comments from Microsoft
#9
sion5
Ive had one of these nyko coolers for ages now and never once had a problem. Before i had one my xbox always crashed if i played it for more than 4 hours. I cant see how something that draws extra air away from the cpu and gpu can be bad?!


If you 360 was positioned in a well ventilated area and was still overheating/crashing then why spend £10 on a un-required 3rd party cooler when you should have gone back to your place of purchase/Microsoft and obtain a replacement?

The 360's that overheat are either faulty or not set in a well ventilated area, though in either case buying extra 3rd party coolers is a waste of time.

I've had a 360 from launch and it's only warm to touch after a long period use. The only thing that slightly annoys me is the noise of the DVD drive at full speed when in use, other than that it's pretty quiet when idling on the dashboard/downloading/during XBLA games.
#10
sion5


The 360's PSU is designed to provide a fairly exact current. If this cooler is piggybacking on the output from it, there's a fairly substantial risk of the console not receiving enough juice at startup which can lead to component failure.
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Have you ever built a PC? you can add as many fans as your heart desires, the 360 is essentially a pc, i know because i have opened mine. The PSU is there to regulate the power and thats what it will do so the point you raised is kinda invalid.


I have built several PCs and have a pretty good understanding of electronics. Your point would be valid, but you're talking about an entirely different configuration. With the intercooler on the 360, it's essentially comparable to feeding all your PC's fans from the connection between the ATX connection and the motherboard, whereas in reality, they're all run on separate voltage rails from the PSU to the one which goes into the motherboard itself.
#11
ThePennyPincher
This is (to put it nicely...) crap

The 360 has numerous usb ports on it, i have seen 2 on mine but might be more.

If you load these with devices where do they get the power from? thin air?

eg running two ipods off it to charge them

3 fans will not drain "valuable" power the 360 needs to run on.
A fan tends to (on average) use about 0.08Amps of power, three of these still is not enough to drain the 360.

So anyone thinking of buying one, ignore these comments from Microsoft


.... only it's not. Part of the USB specification is to provide power. The system was built with that intention. The fact remains that drawing current from sub-components not intended to supply it is a bad idea.

By your logic, i could theoretically feed a fan directly from the voltage rail that supplies the CPU core and it'd apparently have no effect whatsoever, because hey, the current is already there?
#12
Stoo
.... only it's not. Part of the USB specification is to provide power. The system was built with that intention. The fact remains that drawing current from sub-components not intended to supply it is a bad idea.

By your logic, i could theoretically feed a fan directly from the voltage rail that supplies the CPU core and it'd apparently have no effect whatsoever, because hey, the current is already there?


well not really because that volatge rail is supplied with a specific voltage.

taking power for fans before its been "dished" out amongst components is not affecting a specific CPU in your example is it
#13
So will the add-on HD DVD drive have it's own power supply?
#14
Much as I love the XBOX 360 it cetainly has its flaws. The noise of the DVD drive is horrendous and the loading time of games is very slow. I reckon the second generation 360 will have some improvements, why can't the games go onto a big hard drive like a PC to reduce all this spinning and loading times? Cost issues no doubt. The demo games run so much quieter off of Xbox live .
Regarding this fan thing, bad idea, just more noise I think.
#15
These things really arent neccessary !

I have a launch console and it still works fine despite loads of use. Keep it on a flat well ventilated surface. Absolutely no need for extra cooling, as suggested it is more likely to do harm than good !

Mine is in an av cuboard with loads of other gear with crap ventilation - still I have had no problems with overheating.
#16
spudgun
Much as I love the XBOX 360 it cetainly has its flaws. The noise of the DVD drive is horrendous and the loading time of games is very slow. I reckon the second generation 360 will have some improvements, why can't the games go onto a big hard drive like a PC to reduce all this spinning and loading times? Cost issues no doubt. The demo games run so much quieter off of Xbox live .
Regarding this fan thing, bad idea, just more noise I think.


You will have copyright infringements then, people will load games to their hdd and then take them back.

@Stoo

I understand what your saying about taking voltage off the motherboard but your not doing that here are you? Your taking the voltage before the PSU, the PSU is what distributes the supply its given. And the console will draw as much current as necessary. Because the fans work in parallel and draw almost no ampage merely mA's this will not affect the running of the console whatsoever!! Granted what your saying about taking voltage after the PSU will be dangerous but thats not whats happening here!!
#17
Zico
If you 360 was positioned in a well ventilated area and was still overheating/crashing then why spend £10 on a un-required 3rd party cooler when you should have gone back to your place of purchase/Microsoft and obtain a replacement?

The 360's that overheat are either faulty or not set in a well ventilated area, though in either case buying extra 3rd party coolers is a waste of time.

I've had a 360 from launch and it's only warm to touch after a long period use. The only thing that slightly annoys me is the noise of the DVD drive at full speed when in use, other than that it's pretty quiet when idling on the dashboard/downloading/during XBLA games.



My console is positioned on the middle shelf of a glass tv stand, there is no possible way of better ventilation shorter than putting it outside!! Overheating must obviously be a problem otherwise devices like these would not have been made, did you see one for any other console? You may well have been a lucky person who doesn't have these problems
#18
They are made because of the myth of overheating on the 360 and people are stupid enough to buy them ! I suspect many of the people with overheating consoles leave them on carpet without adequate ventilation.

I must know at least 100 people with 360 consoles and none of them have had problems overheating.
#19
So is this worth getting or not?


































Only kidding :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle:
#20
Bargain Hunter
So will the add-on HD DVD drive have it's own power supply?


Yes it comes with it's own power lead.
#21
sion5
My console is positioned on the middle shelf of a glass tv stand, there is no possible way of better ventilation shorter than putting it outside!! Overheating must obviously be a problem otherwise devices like these would not have been made, did you see one for any other console? You may well have been a lucky person who doesn't have these problems


Your previous post stated that by buying the intercooler, you solved your problems with the 360 crashing due to heat. Now you confirm that your 360 is positioned in a well ventilated area so you've indicated that your 360 has a fault causing it to overheat and crash.

My question is why you felt the need to spend £10 (or whatever the cost) on a 3rd party cooler instead of getting your 360 repaired/replaced via Microsoft or the retailer where you made your purchase?? All 360's are still within the 12 month warranty period therefore there is no need to buy the cooling device if you've got a faulty 360.
#22
sion5
Overheating must obviously be a problem otherwise devices like these would not have been made


Products will always be made to fullfill a perceived market, even if it's not actually required.

Yes many owners of 360's have had problems, but for every 1 there's probably another 99 who haven't.
#23
well ive ordered one :)

used £1 voucher plus quidco.

i know alot of people who used the nyko one and not had any trouble with it.

i figure this version should be just as good.

i dont think microsoft will be able to tell if one has been fitted on it or not, i doubt it will leave any marks, and you would be daft to mention to Ms that you have used one, in an event of the 360 dying.
#24
Thanks for posting the offer, however based on the advice in this thread and also from my own suspicions...I don't think I'll bother, thanks anyway!
#25
No probs everyone :) It's been a very interesting thread, thanks to everyone for their opinions!!
#26
Zico
Your previous post stated that by buying the intercooler, you solved your problems with the 360 crashing due to heat. Now you confirm that your 360 is positioned in a well ventilated area so you've indicated that your 360 has a fault causing it to overheat and crash.

My question is why you felt the need to spend £10 (or whatever the cost) on a 3rd party cooler instead of getting your 360 repaired/replaced via Microsoft or the retailer where you made your purchase?? All 360's are still within the 12 month warranty period therefore there is no need to buy the cooling device if you've got a faulty 360.



For a start i own a second hand 360 so dont have a warranty, secondly i have opened a 360 and im fully aware of how bad the cooling is on one of these, if it would make you all happier about my reason for buying a intercooler i would gladly post pics of the inside of a 360.

As for them scratching the case thats codswallop!! they clip on with plastic tags which come no-where near the internals.
#27
I suspected that 'scratching' got simply mixed up with 'scorching'.

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