Thursday, April 27, 2006

CPU Upgrade will not Affect Performance

Microsoft have commented on the reasons for the recent Xbox 360 CPU upgrade that was announced last week. As suspected, the upgrade will not increase performance.

Speaking to Next-Gen.biz, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "The move to 65 nm technology will lower our manufacturing costs. It’s standard practice in the semiconductor industry to reduce transistor sizes every few years to be able to place more CPUs on a wafer. Doing so results in higher CPU yields and higher yields lead to lower manufacturing costs. We anticipate system performance will stay the same."

There was also some discussion over whether the upgrade was at least in part due to a want to reduce the heat output from the console, the spokesperson responded, "The primary reason for moving to 65nm over time is not to reduce heat, but to reduce manufacturing costs."

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