Xbox 360 12V Fan Modification- Keep Your System Running Longer!
Today we'll be showing you how to perform the 12V fan modification on your Xbox 360 console.
**Please note this will void your Xbox 360 warranty!**
Stock fans in the Xbox 360 are inadequate. Microsoft has a heat sensor that will increase the power going to the fans as the console heats up. The problem with this is that by the time the power to the fans increase the console is already much too hot. We are going to bypass that sensor, causing the fans to run at 12V all the time. This causes the system to run an average of almost 23 degrees cooler!
A temperature increase of over 45 degrees celsius has been observed on the GPU chip after just 15 minutes of gaming! This is a major factor in most of the problems with the Xbox 360.
I will be assuming you know how to get the Xbox 360 console open.
Once the console is open; remove the disc drive, fan shroud and the fan.
You should be looking at something like this:
You will want to unplug the fan from the motherboard and pull it out of the aluminum case.
The red and brown fan wires are the positive leads.
You will want to snip these two wires, strip them and twist them together.
The blue and black wires are the ground, we can just leave those connected. Just make sure you plug the fan back in once you are done! The ground wires must be connected otherwise the fan will not work!
Now for the fun part!
What we need now is a 12V power source.
If you are not to good at soldering or if the thought of soldering to your Xbox 360 motherboard makes you sick; we can draw power from the DVD drive by splicing the positive leads from the fan into the corresponding wire shown to the right.
I prefer to use the motherboard power source, but I have seen many systems that draw power from the DVD drive for years with no problems whatsoever.
If you are feeling a bit more daring or don't like the idea of drawing power from the disc drive we can tap into one of many 12V power sources on the motherboard.
This is the preferred spot for the fan modification.
This is on the bottom of the Xbox 360 motherboard.
Once you have selected a power source and connected the fan wire, be sure to test the fans to make sure they are connected properly before putting the 360 back together!
Questions or comments are more than welcome! I've tried to make this as clear as possible in addition to showing the many options available for modding the fans.
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