Xbox One Red Ring Fix Explained

Patrick Frye - Author

Aug. 14 2013, Updated 10:50 a.m. ET

A Xbox One Red Ring of Death should not be a problem according to Microsoft.

But is Microsoft telling the truth or will the number of Xbox One Red Ring Of Death incidents be just as bad as the Xbox 360?

The Xbox 360 was notorious for the Red Ring of Death, which indicated a general hardware failure typically caused by overheating. Microsoft never detailed what caused the Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death (RRoD), but third party analysis speculated it was due to a GPU chip and heatsink separation issue caused by brittle soldering.

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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, even after the Xbox One GPU boost the Xbone will still be running an eight core 1.6 GHz processor and a 853 MHz graphics processing unit (GPU) with 768 shader cores. Details about the Xbox One Red Ring of Death fix have been fairly vague so far, but since much of the Xbox One hardware was developed by AMD we can look to other previously released technology to see how the Xbox One RRoD was fixed for good.

The Xbox One will allow the “allow the fan to go all the way up to maximum speed. They might notice the extra noise, and that will help to self-correct the condition.” Microsoft’s Xbox One Red Ring fix sounds like the average PC video card from AMD. AMD video cards use AMD overdrive, which can dynamically adjust the fan speeds and the GPU clock speeds to overclock.

So how could the Xbox One Red Ring fix operate in practice? Besides speeding up the fan, Microsoft could downclock the CPU and GPU slightly if temperatures get too high. In theory, this could mean the Xbox One will produce slightly less frames per second when running in very hot environmental conditions.

I also imagine the CPU and GPU will be running at a lower clock speed when browsing menus or doing non-gaming stuff that doesn’t require much performance (this is how the typical AMD video card operates now). This will mean the Xbox One could run super quiet most of the time, which is what Microsoft is calling the Xbox One’s “low power state.” In case anyone is worried about that Microsoft statement, I highly doubt this low power state will ever affect your gaming experience with the Xbox One.

What do you think of the potential Xbox One Red Ring fix?


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