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.