Confirmed: Xbox 360 Elite Doesn't Use Super-Quiet BenQ Drives

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If you remember back to our Xbox 360 DVD drive comparison, you'll remember that the order of quietness in the units went Toshiba-Samsung loudest (the launch drives), Hitachi-LG in the middle, and BenQ LiteOn-Philips quietest (all Xboxes manufactured after November '06). So which do you think the Xbox 360 Elite would have? If you guessed BenQ, you'd be wrong.

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Unless our Elite was manufactured before Nov '06, it seems likely that Microsoft is still using Hitachi-LG drives in their Xbox 360s (both regular and Elite). We'll have to check when more Elite units make it into the general population.

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A better look after the jump.

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@ tek_nik

I may be wrong, but I believe the dvd drives are paired with the motherboard, so a different dvd drive would give an error. Water cooling is a pain in the ass, but do-able, they sell kits online. Check out xbox-scene.com for all kinds of crazy stuff

@everybody else

MS never said anything about heating or noise issues. They said HDMI and a bigger HD. The rest was speculation. And it hasn't been confirmed if they used the 90 nm cpu or the 65 which would fix most heat issues. Its not completely ridiculous to think the processor got an upgrade: they had to redesign the motherboard anyway to be able to output HDMI. The old video encoder chip was analog.

Time will tell. Hopefully, they'll get the kinks worked out and the 360 will be a badass. Until then, I'm satisfied with my $150 ebay 360.