Xbox 360 Review | retrodisko.info

Hello:I hope you find this article as interesting to read as I found to write it.IntroductionThis article will cover some of the advances of the Xbox360 console over the previous model, the Xbox. As many people know a gaming console is most simply a computer that is ‘geared’ to running video games.ComponentsThe Basic Components of an Xbox 360 are a CPU (Computer Processing Unit) with 3 3.2Ghz cores, 512MB of RAM running at 700Mhz, detachable hard-drive, 3 U.S.B ports, and 2 memory slot units. It also has the capability to support up to 4 wireless controllers.ModelsThree Configurations of the Xbox 360 were released to the public, each with their own set of accessories. They are the Pro, Arcade, and Elite Models.The Arcade is the basic unit and comes with 20 GB HD with 64 MB memory, console, wireless controller, AV cable, Xbox live silver membership included, and is compatible with all Xbox 360 games.The Pro unit comes with 60 GB hard-drive with 256 MB memory, console, wireless controller, standard/HD AV cable, network cable, headset, silver membership included, and is compatible with all Xbox 360 games as well as over 300 Xbox games.The Elite is the ultimate unit and comes with a myriad of ‘goodies’. It has a black case, black headset, black controller, 120GB hard-drive with 516MB of memory, network cable, Xbox live silver membership, standard AV cable, HDMI (high definition multi-media interface) and is compatible with all Xbox 360 games as well as over 300 Xbox games.Price
The prices for the different models vary considerably. The standard Arcade unit will set you back $200, the Pro $250, and the Elite, $300.CPULet’s look at the heart of any good computer, including the Xbox, the CPU. As mentioned above the CPU of the Xbox360 is a 3 core Xenon model. To compare the Xbox 360 CPU runs at 3.2Ghz while the computer I’m currently using runs at 1.6Ghz, with an over-clocking feature which brings it up to 2.0Ghz. The Xbox 360 CPU is the clear winner in this battle.
GraphicsGraphicsThe Graphics card is what many gamers care about and the Xbox certainly delivers, with a very healthy 500 Mhz Xenos cared. To put that in perspective, the computer I’m currently writing this article on has an Intel GMA 950 with a ‘theoretical’ 1600 maximum pixel fill rate (I assure you it’s theoretical), while the Xenos has a maximum pixel fill rate of 4 gigapixel per second. That is a very large difference.ConclusionWhile the Xbox360 does have its’ fair share of problems, if handled correctly and given some love, it is a great system to be able to own, and will sure to be one of the top favorite systems in the years to come.