Posted on January 10, 2008,

How-To: Undress Your Xbox 360 and Replace the Fan


For a moment, let’s ignore all of the RROD problems, the premium to access Xbox Live Gold, and the awful Microsoft Points and focus on the ridiculously loud Xbox 360 system itself. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say, “Wow, that runs as quiet as a mouse” about the 360 and frankly, I find it to be quite the detriment. No, it doesn’t ruin my gaming experience, but it’s annoying as hell.

There are two causes for the problem: the ridiculously loud fan and the ridiculously loud DVD drive. (From hereon out, assume my usage of the word “loud” is prefaced by some adverb that makes it more significant.) While revisions of the 360 hardware have supposedly fixed the noise situation to an extent, even the newest systems are motorboats to the PlayStation 3’s dead cat.

Thankfully, there are guides all over the internet on how to dull the headache-inducing noise that comes out of your Xbox 360. One such guide was recently published on ExtremeTech that’s a fairly simple and cheap way to replace the 360’s internal fan – but pay heed: you will void your system’s warranty by doing so, and given the potential of your system red ringing on you, it may or may not be worth the risk.

You can read the simple guide here, accompanied by pictures of the 360’s guts. Follow the instructions and voila.

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9 Comments on How-To: Undress Your Xbox 360 and Replace the Fan


On January 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Personally I would watercool it with an Inovotek block and a Zalman Resorator.

Slightly more expensive bu infinitely better :mrgreen:


On January 11, 2008 at 7:47 am

Dont do it. Your xbox will get banned, heard somewhere that msoft can see everyones bios, and any change in the power used anywhere in the console such as the fan itself the console will get banned, pretty annoying really as the intention of a new fan would be to make your console last longer.


On January 11, 2008 at 10:23 am

I dont know how much Moneysoft can see, but i dont doubt it. I would think this would Void your warranty and if moneysoft does have some magic way of detecting the change im sure the result would be a perminant ban.

this is a super easy fix, but its not worth getting banned for or void your warranty. if its over heating dont use the wet towel trick some kid got electrocuted trying it.

LEAVE IT ALONE!! if it Dies send it to Moneysoft!


On January 11, 2008 at 11:35 am

I’m sorry but Microsoft arent going to ban you because of your fan using more or less power. If for instance you fitted a water cooling block and removed the fans how would Microsoft know that they didn’t just stop working?

I suppose it comes down to whether you are willing to take the risk of financial loss for better/quieter performance. Personally the last graphics card I bought cost me over $700 but the first thing I did after unpacking it and making sure it worked was to void the warranty by removing the standard cooler and fitting a better aftermarket one.


On January 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

The loudest part of the 360 isn’t its fans, it’s by far the optical drive. That thing sounds like an aircraft turbine when it spins up. It’s rather annoying. The fan isn’t.

My PC and 360 share the same room, and the 360′s fan under full (worst case scenario) load doesn’t even come close to my PC’s fan noise when idle. I have to literally put my ear to the back of the 360 to hear it.

Then again, not all 360s are the same.


On January 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Brumm: Ur a Retard!!!


On January 12, 2008 at 5:02 am

You CAN have your console banned for having a 12v fan mod. A very trusted user of got told directly from MS reps that his fan was modded on his 360 and that it violates the TOA. Any modification of hardware does indeed violate the TOA, so legally they reserve the right to ban users from live for that reason. Petty yes, but justified. A fan mod would be reasonably easy to detect, as voltage metering is something standard in all bios for the past 10 or so years.

Thanks for that typical stupid response Dafsfs.


On February 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Microsoft banning 12v fan modders is an URBAN LEGEND. Ever notice the only person who’s ever been banned for it is that one guy at 360patches? The power supply has plenty of power to spare, adding a damned fan isn’t going to strain the system enough to lower voltage on ANYTHING.

So go ahead and RROD your unit while I play on Live with a nice and cool modded box.


On January 17, 2010 at 3:08 am

You’re Xbox 360 won’t get banned, I’ve got my Xbox 360 modded out to the point that I could have bought 3 new Xbox 360′s, and I’ve been on Xbox Live for years, and yet, go figure, I’ve never been banned, Brumm, you’re seriously lacking in the upstairs hardware department if you think MS would ban you for a changing out the fan.