Well, as my xbox sat dvd drive-less, I got a little bored. And well, temps of my xbox popped in my mind, and I decided to replace the thermal paste on the cpu/gpu of the xbox. And not only that, but write a lil' tut as well . So, I give you the tutorial on how to remove your gpu/cpu heatsinks and replace the thermal paste on them. And beleive me, the results show (read rest of post for results at the end). BTW, I havent seen a tut like this before, so thats pretty much why I went ahead and did it. sorry for crappy pics.
Lets start out with what you need:
-an xbox (I used a 1.0 version, but the 1.2 and up are almos identical, only with differnet gpu heatsinks)
-some thermal paste. I used some AS3, but AS5 would be better.
-some rubbing alchohol
-a rag/paper towel
-about 1-2 square feet of suran-wrap
-about 15-20 minutes of your time
-dremel with wire brush attatchment (replaces paper towel, and beleive me, it saves a hell of a lot of rubbing)
Ok, now to start off, most everyone knows what a 1.0 xbox looks like, so I dont think I need to post what it looks like. We'll start out with removing the cpu heatsink. Take a look at the end of the clip nearest the controller ports. Notice how they little level is clamped down? just stick the flat-head screwdriver in there and twist. It shold pop up nice and easy.
Now, just lift it up all the way and kinda wiggle the bracket off the socket. After that, just pull off the heatsink.
Now to remove the gpu heatsink. Its pretty much the same way as removin the cpu, except you wedge the screw driver in between the plastic and the metal clamp thing nearest the controller ports.
With the screwdriver wedged in, push down on the metal and twist the screw driver. The clamp should be off on one side. Now just pull of the other side. After that just twist the heatsink itelf back and forth untill you can pull it off. the gpu should look like this, only with a lot more goey crap on it:
Now, take either your rubbing alchohol and rag and apply some rubbing alchohol to the rag and start scrubbing those heatsinks. OR, if you have a dremel, use the wire-brush bit and you'll have that thermal paste off in under a minute. Repeat for both heatsinks.
So, now onto the cpu/gpu. The cpu I left alone, but the gpu definately needs some cleaning. For this part ONLY ONLY ONLY use that rubbing alchohol and rag or a very sharp razor blade to get rid of the thermal paste. I couldnt get all of mine off, so its ok of you dont get everything off completely. You so want to get as much off as possible though. After this, take your new thermal compound and apply a TINY drop in the middle of the gpu. Take the suran wrap, place your finger in the suran wrap, and spread the paste evenly over the gpu. Try not to get it over any components near the gpu. Yours should look something like this:
Now, do the exact same for the gpu/cpu heatsinks, except only spread the paste over the small square where the gpu or cpu will be. Yours should look pretty much like this:
Now, pop those suckers back on and watch your temps drop! And I mean DROP. After doing this, I was a 10C drop in temps from roughly 55C on both gpu and cpu to 40-45C on gpu/cpu. And no I didnt add any fans or anything, just the thermal paste. I cant imagine what temps will be like when I put the top of my case on Anyways, this is pretty much another method to drop your temps without adding another noisy fan to your xbox.
coments and even more results are GLADY accepted
Hopefully this helps those w/ slimmods keep those temps down
Thanx for reading my tut everyone!