Thanks for all the replies guys!
good to know about the 05 thing.. it's merely a coincidence then that this was made on the 5th day of the week if you count sunday as 1 haha..
i was a bit hyped up when i posted last night.. didn't bother to look that up first.. never really bothered with it before.. always just looked at lot number as 4 digits.
If i had a Kill-A-Watt i would definitely do that..
trust me i want to be 100% sure that i got one.. but the power brick and amperage rating are a big indicator.
Also, the temperature (to the touch anyway) coming from the exhaust vents is barely even luke warm.. even after letting it idle for a while.. where as the Xenon, Zephyr, and Falcons got quite warm to the touch..
i will tell you that there feels to be an increased airflow from the GPU side vs other consoles, and the GPU side air is SLIGHTLY warmer than the CPU side..
the power inlet on the console and power brick plug look the same as all the previous ones.. 6 pin deal... more similar to the falcon than xenon/zephyr. has the metal shielding part on the plug removed and no buttons to release it.. just pops into place.. i'll take some pics for you though.
the plug from the wall to the brick are the same style as the falcon.. 2 prong unit without ground..
it definitely is WAY quieter than my xenon could have ever hoped to be that's for sure..
i will say yes on the quieter than the falcon part.. however.. i'm not sure how noticeable it is.. my falcon appeared to have something wrong with the fans.. now i have heard my cousins elite, and several other falcons.. and this does seem to be slightly quieter..
I will keep you posted on that.. i have yet to test it with a game.. i noticed on my falcon that as soon as you exited a game and went to dashboard.. you could hear the fans slowly spool down like they were up fairly high to keep it cool..which also tripped me out. because none of the falcons i've messed with except that one seemed to do that. we'll see how this one is.
this console was purchased from Wal-Mart and is an arcade system..
i will say this.. i skipped over the chance of a good bundle deal on black friday, just to get my hands on this baby.. let's hope it was worth it. as a side note.. the walmart i went to first to return my console.. had 2 of these 2 days before.. both were sold. one of which i'm pretty sure Scoldingice bought. the second walmart had one left. and i bought it.
i'm so tempted beyond logical reason to open this up and pull the heatsinks off and snap pictures you have no idea...
i just can't bring myself to do it..
if there was no issue of voiding the warranty.. or if i could live with the $200 loss if this does die.. i would gladly open it up..
As a modder.. having to restrain myself from opening a console is killing me.. but after doing the X-clamp fixes and all to my xenon in hopes of preventing the RRoD and still having it die.. i wont risk it for now..
plus. i'm still in the 30 day return period or whatever it is that wal-mart offers.. so that's the main issue..
after that period.. it's going to be even harder to not open it lol.
There's a pretty good chance that you have one being one day apart.. but you never know.. Here's hoping that you do!
here's an idea.. i don't know if you're much of a black friday shopper.. but what you could do if you have some cash to temporarily tie up.. manage to find one with the same date as mine or newer, possibly in a sweet bundle deal.. and buy that..
then return yours and voila!
... actually.. that sounds like a good idea.. i may do that very thing since i'm going to be out and about on BF..
Thanks again for all the replies !!
let's hope my itchy fingers can make it through the weekend without opening this up haha..
Happy Thanksgiving !