Re: Tomorrow goto exchange XBox 360
April 7, 2006 Leave a comment
Cooling fans don’t suck much power.
The theory about hooking the console on its own wall socket scares me because even you have several wall sockets, they still might be all connected by the same old, way to thin cable inside the wall. And then hooked to the same fuse… Therefore, this might not help much unless you know what socket connects to where. Otherwise, you may still share the same fuse (thus power supply) with the aircon, tv, boiler…
One of my posts at "香港 (Hong Kong) 地區 Xbox 討論區" dated "04-07-2006, 10:30PM":
A good powersupply should be able to handle fluctuations by fans with ease (I accept there is a limit of fans to be hooked up; but that’s definately more than inside the console).
There are great differences in quality of powersupplies.
If indeed a cooling fan and some attached-to-same-wallsocket mobile phone charger can bring down the console’s powersupply, then I believe that they tried to save costs on the wrong item.
It can’t be that I need to buy a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to make sure the console receives a perfectly steady stream of juice. There are tolerance margins a powersupply must be able to handle before it is certified for sales.
On the other side, if the powersupply can handle the external fluctuations (by your power network) but is overloaded on the internal circuit, then there is a serious design flaw for whatever reason (saving costs, bad design, wrong parts…).
Given that consoles are supposed to be tested in every imaginable way of use during development, I refuse to believe this power problem didn’t come up earlier than now in homes where the internal fan must do a full-time job. It’s not just hot in Hong Kong, but also in US and even there not everyone is ready to run the air-con just for the console.