Playtime is over. The Xbox 360 got an update and a place on our teardown table. Join us as we dive in and see what makes this round of the 360 tick.

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  1. Xbox 360 E Teardown, Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 1, image 1 of 2 Xbox 360 E Teardown, Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • At the E3 2013 Xbox Media Briefing, Microsoft briefly announced a redesigned version of the Xbox 360 styled after the much anticipated Xbox One.

    • Despite a new look, the Xbox 360 E's tech specs are nearly identical to those of the Xbox 360 S:

    • 4 or 250 GB Hard Drive

    • Internal Wi-Fi capability

  2. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Microsoft did a little bit of housekeeping with the backside of the Xbox 360 E, yielding a neater port layout that does away with the old A/V and S/PDIF ports in favor of a single composite out jack.

    • Apparently having five USB ports was excessive, so now you only get four. The E has two ports in the front to match the two seen here, dropping one of the rear USB ports found in the S.

    According to Microsoft's documentation, there is no optical audio port on the back of the new Xbox. That port is a composite video output connector in 3.5mm form ( & (

    Chuck Yoder - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    thank U , this is nice !

    ozygaro -

    Old motherboard:

    It looks like that MS just altered the port layout of the corona pcb

    Honam1021 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  3. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Back on the front of the device, the first thing we notice is a warning sticker. It seems that Microsoft hasn't yet caught up to Sony's skip protection technology.

    • Our new, out of the box console has some cosmetic damage. The Xbox 360 logo on the optical disc drive faceplate is missing a portion of the "X." We hope this is just a one time occurrence and not common to other Xbox 360 E consoles.

    • Regardless, we'll love our Microsoft Ybox just the same.

  4. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 4, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Just like the previous generation, the hard drive comes out easily with the help of a handy-dandy pull tab.

    • Speaking of "just like the previous generation," the 250 GB hard drive in our console is labeled as an Xbox 360 S hard drive.

    • Talk about cutting costs; Microsoft didn't even print new stickers to put on the E's hard drive case.

    el echo que aun diga xbox 360s demuestra la compatibilidad del disco duro en ambas consolas, ademas que ambas son xbox 360 Slim esta ultima siendo Slim e. de todas formas la letra s indicaria Slim

    Martin Ponce - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 5, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 5, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • If there's something we here at iFixit can't do, it's leave a "black box" alone.

    • We slice open the hard drive case to see who's providing the storage for our particular Xbox.

    • The 5400 RPM Seagate 250 GB hard drive is pretty cool, but we're more intrigued by what's underneath it.

    • Closer inspection shows that not only does the hard drive case have a pull tab, it has a spring-loaded pull tab.

    • A standard 2.5" SATA hard drive means I can safely upgrade my Xbox 360 E, right?

    • Unfortunately, no. Any attempt to "disassemble, decompile, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, or modify" hardware is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and may result in enforcement action.

  6. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 6, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 6, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Removing the bottom and top panels requires us to release a few clips along the perimeter of each panel with the aid of our metal spudger.

    • A pleasant side effect of the new, subdued design is that these top and bottom panels come off far more easily than on the 360 S. Without the chrome bezels, there are fewer clips to pop and less to break on your way inside.

  7. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 7, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 7, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • This feels familiar…

    • Just like the 360 S, the E's top panel and left case require some precise and diligent spudgering to remove.

    • Our first glimpse inside the Xbox 360 E shows us, well, not much besides the metal frame. It looks like we'll have to keep digging.

    I don’t like how using the spudger leaves marks on the shell, so I found a trick that helps. On the area by the clips, I pressed down on the plastic to release them. It worked and I didn’t damage my console at all.

    Felipe Martinez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Pressing down on the or near the clips does nothing.

    Cary B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  8. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 8, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 8, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • New to the 360 E, the front buttons are housed on their own separate board within the front panel, rather than residing on the RF module.

    • There's not much to admire on the button board, but Microsoft did take the effort to make sure their name was printed quite prominently on it.

    • The following buttons are located on the button board:

    • Power button (surrounded by LEDs for that characteristic glowing ring)

    • Disc tray eject button

    • Connect (wireless sync) button

    What screwdriver was used in this step?

    Oev - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    It's a number 6 Torx screw.

    Cary B -

    Where can i buy this part for my xbox

    Jonathan sanchez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    ifixit have them.

    Cary B -

  9. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 9, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 9, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Unlike the hard drive, Microsoft redesigned, and even printed new stickers for, the Xbox 360 E's RF module.

    • The new module is labeled as model 1575, compared to the old model number 1409. That's 12% more model number!

    • While much of the board is largely unchanged, the absence of the power button backlight found in the Xbox 360 S is easily noticed.

    • Even Microsoft's X857052-001 IC is the same part from the 360 S' RF module.

    To disable RF emission and reception, is it sufficient to remove the RF chip on the RF module, or should the WHOLE RF module be removed?

    Thank you!

    Cameron Feb 13 2014

    Cameron - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I removed the whole thing. :)

    Cary B -

  10. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 10, image 1 of 2 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • The Wi-Fi board is tucked away in the backside of the console.

    • We found the following ICs on the Wi-Fi board:

    • Marvell 88W8786U integrated MAC/baseband/RF SoC

    • Skyworks 2597L 2.4 GHz power amplifier with power detector

    • California Eastern Laboratories μPG2179TB SPDT switch

  11. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 11, image 1 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 11, image 2 of 3 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • This screw came pre-screwed-up. We're beginning to think that our 360 E's assemblers chose expediency over error elimination.

    • The Torx screws in the metal frame are reluctant to let go, so we grab the extension from our 54 bit driver kit and use it to activate high-torque driver mode.

    • With the final component of the outer case out of the way, we get to the really good stuff at last.

    • Inspection at a macro level reveals no major changes. We'll have to see what happens if we go deeper.

    Wish ifixit would have gone back through here and colour coded which screws to take out. :(

    Cary B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Okay, I focused my eyes and saw the screws are labelled (stamped in the metal) A1 A2, B1, B2, etc.

    B5 is on the rear, where the ports are. That would have been handy to know, ifixit.

    The B5 screw is slightly longer.

    Cary B -

  12. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 12, image 1 of 2 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • The design of the optical drive remains unchanged. The optical drive in this particular Xbox 360 E is the Lite-On DG-16D5S.

    • Microsoft claims that the Xbox 360 E is "quieter than ever." How much of that quiet has to do with the fans is unknown seeing as how the fan is identical to the fan found in the Xbox 360 S.

    • The fan is labeled as X858313-008; its lovely cowling is labeled F94, or X857295, in fine print.

    • With the guts of the E cleared out of the way, we can finally gain access to its brain.

    • Disclaimer: Anatomical accuracy not guaranteed.

    • If you've ever been around an Xbox 360, chances are you've heard of the Red Ring of Death—a catastrophic failure caused by overheating that was rampant in nearly every revision of the console.

    • Finally, after a drastic redesign to the processors and their heat sink in the Xbox 360 S, Microsoft seems to have the overheating issues under control, and is continuing to use the same cooling system in the 360 E.

    • With the heat sink unclamped and free to move about the cabin, we pop it off to take a gander at the processor.

    The RROD problem was solved well before the S model was released. There was a die shrink and revision of the board that also allowed them to correct the issue that caused the overheating due to heat not being conducted away from the chip properly. The S model came with another die shrink that also combined the CPU and GPU into a single package.

    Global Foundries is not a joint venture of AMD. It is a separate company that was spun off from AMD. A critical difference that has much to do with why AMD gave up owning its own foundries.

    epobirs - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Seems the clamp comes off in a sequence.

    Unhook one, then go around. I think I did it counter-clockwise.

    Again, no help ifixit. :(

    Cary B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  13. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 14, image 1 of 2 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • It's time to think inside the box. The prominent ICs found on the frontside of the motherboard:

    • GlobalFoundries (joint venture of AMD and ATIC) XCGPU SoC (combination of the Xenon CPU and the Xenos X818337 GPU onto the same die, with eDRAM in the same package)

    • Microsoft X850744-004 south bridge

    • Hynix HY27US08281A 128 Mb NAND flash

    • Samsung K4J10324KG-HC14 1 Gb GDDR3 SDRAM (total of four = 4 Gb)

    • On the backside...

    • A green land flecked with gold and the hopes of the internet-free gamers of tomorrow.

    Wich is the internal 4gb memory cartridge & can you remove it & place it in a working slim

    holy_blade_04 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Will a 4gb slim boot from hdd if I remove the 4 GB NAND flash?

    CemK - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  14. Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 15, image 1 of 2 Xbox 360 E Teardown: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Xbox 360 E Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • Without the flashy chrome bezels, the 360 E's case is easier to open than 360 S.

    • Highly modular design allows replacement of drives, fan, Wi-Fi card, RF module, button board, and heat sink independently.

    • Use of cards and connectors instead of cables, where possible, makes disassembly and reassembly a snap.

    • The hard drive is easily accessible for upgrade or replacement but requires buying a proprietary Xbox hard drive.

    • Use of clips instead of screws on the main case makes opening more difficult and potentially damaging.

    I agree that it's unfortunate Microsoft forces an official HDD purchase, but this is not actually necessary for the mildly tech-savvy, and it should be pointed out. All that is required is to flash the bios of an appropriate model hard drive to make it appear to the 360 as though it's an officially supported, MS-blessed model. This does not get you banned, and moreover does not break the law. Let your fingers do the googling.

    Bmur - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I'm not tech-savvy and I just came across this site searching the new 360 model. All I want to know is, considering I want to keep a 360 around for the longest time while paying the least amount of money on repairs and such, should I buy the S or the E?

    Dyrrek - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I just purchased the xbox 360 E 4gb and have now found that I need to purchase a hard disk also. I've been told that it uses the same hard drive as the xbox 360 slim, can anyone confirm this as I want to be sure before buying one?

    Veronika - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Yes it uses a 360 Slim drive/drive case. I just bought the case on eBay and flashed a WD Scorpio Blue 120gb drive and it works fine. I have been using it for a month now and no ban or other issue.

    markgsmintl -

    can you please answer

    which console has the better graphics

    and which is better

    bob - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    they are the exact se pretty much one just looks different

    jplayfootball -


Any changes to the external power brick? That part is clearly the loudest part of the old S-Modells. Did they address that?

TOMillr - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The external power brick has no sound whatsoever.

Avery Pope -

Can you please provide the dimensions of the new model? Wondering how the case size differs from the previous version. Thanks.

Cam - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The dimensions are 10 3/8 inches x 10 inches x 2 5/8 inches, and can also be found in the updated Technical Specs section on the device page.

Sam Goldheart -

Where as I would like to agree with the state of the hard drive only being able to be replaced by a microsoft xbox hard drive is not factually true. There are programs out there that will take any drive and format it in their special format. I have done this with several xbox units spaning all of their models. Use xbox live and have yet to have any issues.

jason - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Its 4gb ram changed from 512 mb ram

Bhairav pardiwala - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

its 4 gigabit of ram... thats 512 mega bytes... 8 bits = 1 byte

King -

This should be changed from

"(total of four = 4 Gb = 512 MB)"


"(total of four; 1 Gib * 4 = 4 Gib = 512 MiB)".

XP1 -

im sorry but isint 1024 mb = 1gb?

so why is everything in half's?

David -


1024 MiB = 1 GiB

1024 Mib = 0.125 GiB

1024 Mib * 8 = 0.125 GiB * 8 = 1 GiB

Lowercase b represents bit. Uppercase B represents byte.

XP1 -

oh ok thank you. Didn't know about the lower and uppercase "B"

David -

Although the XBox Live TOS dictates that you can't replace a HDD, in practice MS does not care and you can use any 2.5" HDD you want. They don't enforce banning people because they didn't use an official MS HDD.

Casual Cynic - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Will an xbox 360 slim fan replacement work in this model?

BAG Smith - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Nice Teardown, but what i really want to know, is that little fan in the power brick still that loud as we know it from the Slim Version of 360 after 10 minutes of usage?


Kracksn - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Has anyone added an external antenna to the Xbox 360 E's 1488 board at the ufl connector via a UFL to RPSMA cable?

MD Willington - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I Do Have A Xbox 360 E Console... I had It Compared With my Friend' s Xbox 360 S... THE ONLY EXTERNAL DIFFERENCE FOUND WAS IN THE POWER BRICK..! The Power Brick of The New Xbox 360 E is Lighter and A Bit Quiter than the Xbox 360 Slim! Plese Correct me If Im Wrong

Mohammad Rafi Nawaz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Is there any way to replace or disable the internal 4gb of memory? Mine is corrupt and says unformatted and apparently when you update (to play newer games) it has to write some data to the internal memory. I have a HD and flash drives set up for storage but I get the same error when updating. I notice that there is no removable 4gb memory board plugged into the motherboard like the Xbox slim. Please help!

Joe Roberts - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi, I was wondering if the internal Wifi adapter on the E model is improved over the original S model's, or is it the same one? I was wondering, because the S model seems to have various issues when connected via wireless N to some of the newer AC routers on the market. I personally had an issue with a LinkSys WRT 1900AC that I corrected ONLY AFTER forcing the 2.4 GHz band on teh router to b/g only mode - if I enable N in any way, the adapter connects via N, and my problems reappear. It might be worth my trouble to buy one of those "Rev 3.0" adapters if it can resolve my issue. It would certainly be cheaper than buying a wireless bridge!

Thanks in advance!

jcchaconjr - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Can the CD drive be replaced without a paired motherboard?

Steve - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

my xbox power bank is not responding it's a new one................................. please leave a comment i need some help

Prabin Neupane - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I just wanted to start off by showing my gratitude for everything the team and staff of this website does to help others like myself with DIY repairs and to satiate the curious. I really appreciate being able to have this place as a free resource, and wish there was something more for me to contribute other than my patronage and this pending question:

Can you please post a teardown of the disc drive DL10N in the 360 E model? I have looked everywhere on youtube and google for a teardown of this model's disc drive (I am replacing the laser for a client) and I can not find it ANYWHERE. I would be forever grateful as I've started the teardown while waiting for the part to arrive, and during the interim have hilariously forgotten how to put it back together. Would love any help -- thanks!

Neil Abell - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I too am wondering about the same thing, and would like to echo the sentiments of the previous author.


Connor Murphy -

Is there any way to replace or disable the internal 4gb of memory? Mine is corrupt and says unformatted and apparently when you update (to play newer games) it has to write some data to the internal memory. I have a HD and flash drives set up for storage but I get the same error when updating. I notice that there is no removable 4gb memory board plugged into the motherboard like the Xbox slim. Please help!

Hunter Tracy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hunter- Did you ever get your xbox fixed for the corrupt 4g internal memory ? I am also having the same issue and cant find anyone to help me either.

Jana Strahan -

I, too, have the refuses to process an update due to a non-functioning 4gb internal flash memory problem.  No one wants to touch it.  Not worth their time.  “Get a 360S and kiss it goodbye,” they say.  Seems a shame.  Works perfectly otherwise.  If I could find where it’s soldered to the motherboard I could, perhaps, have a go at fixing it myself.  A low wattage soldering iron and a good solder sucker could be all I’d need.  But nobody seems to have put such info out, that I can find.  Maybe someone here?  Sometime?  Maybe?

Philip McIntosh - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

You can try opening it up and removing the 4gb flash module… it sits above the nand chip and is user replacable

Gios Nick -

On the motherboard where you have it in red, the processor, mine does not have the square cap/cover on top. I bought my 360E new in 2014, so you would think it would have it. Where can I get the square cover? I had to take my 360 apart, applied new thermal paste, there was no cover, but there is a small gap under the heat sink. I had to really bend the x clamp to give it the leverage so the heat sink would not wiggle as much as it was, just wiggles a tad now but still the gap. When I removed the heat sink there was old thermal paste on the heat sink as well, so the cover was never put on. I would like to buy the cover for it. Can someone give me a link to one or sell me one? Thank you!!

Vincent - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have the latest Xbox 360 E 500 gb revision. And the disc-eject-button is not working anymore… after 2 1/2 years…

Didn’t use the 360 often!

I buyed a working E button board from spareparts. But opening the console and replace the old one did’t change anything. Now i have to use a remote to eject discs. That’s a bit annoying… Build quality of the Slim E isn’t the best…

Michael - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Where is the receiver for controller in console. I have Xbox 360 but it doesn’t work the hdmi port have got fry. but I want play with controller on pc but don’t have money to buy a Xbox 360 receiver. want use my controller on pc so could you help me if not in board if it is then don’t replied thx.

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