How Hot Can the New Xbox 360 Slim Get?

One of the issues that the older Xbox 360 faced was how hot it could get when it didn’t have proper ventilation, which could cause a system to burn out. Now that the new Xbox 360 Slim is out on the market, how hot does it get compared to the older models?

Based on our test, the new Xbox 360 Slim runs 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the original Xbox 360 while playing a game. Below is a comparison chart between the two consoles. The measurements were taken from inside the ventilation holes of both consoles in a room at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

IDLE for an Hour

Xbox 360 Falcon – 140 Degrees F / 60 Degrees C
Xbox 360 Valhalla (Slim) – 123 Degrees F / 50 Degrees C

Playing Modern Warfare 2 for an Hour

Xbox 360 Falcon – 167 Degrees F / 75 Degrees C
Xbox 360 Valhalla (Slim) – 139 Degrees F / 59 Degrees C

To make sure the Xbox 360 is getting enough ventilation, you need to make sure that it isn’t in an enclosed space so that the console can take cool air in with the intake on its side. Without cool air flowing, the Xbox 360 will run hot beyond your imagination. Putting it along with the entertainment system shelf is a bad idea as there is no sufficient air to get into the intakes of the Xbox 360. The new Xbox 360 Slim has its ventilation fan on the top, which sucks air directly onto the heat sink, and it does a really good job of keeping the system cool and preventing overheat.

NOTE: The temperature of your Xbox 360 varies depending on several factors; room temperature, and where the Xbox 360 is stored.

How Hot Can the New Xbox 360 Slim Get?, 8.7 out of 10 based on 19 ratings
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15 Comments

  1. PS360Wii gamer
    June 20, 2010, 5:22 PM

    I’m buying the new xbox when they bundle it with Kinect.

    PS3 phat= elegant and beautiful
    PS3 slim= UGLY and CHEAP LOOKING
    Xbox360 phat= okay
    Xbox360 slim= BEATIFUL and SEXY

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  2. SUCKAD
    June 20, 2010, 9:08 PM

    @PS360Wii You have horrible taste, sir.

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  3. omegafate
    June 21, 2010, 2:18 AM

    PS3 phat= elegant and beautiful
    PS3 slim= UGLY and CHEAP LOOKING
    Xbox360 phat= okay
    Xbox360 slim= BEATIFUL and SEXY

    no offense but

    i love this guy he is such a fan boy and cant even spell BEAUTIFUL oh well

    idiotic fanboy-ism aside

    its a neat console

    i might get one it really depends on weather i want to spend another 300 bucks

    cuz the ps3 slim jacked me up 300 alone

    its either that or more upgrades to the pc

    the world will never know XD

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  4. Alex
    June 21, 2010, 1:15 PM

    “i might get one it really depends on weather i want to spend another 300 bucks”

    weather = whether

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  5. Deaunt'e
    June 21, 2010, 3:09 PM

    I’m so buying the new 360 it’s so freaking sexy beyond belief, i’m going to trade my Elite 360 to GameStop tomorrow, and pre-order the 360 Slim! I’m so excited:)!

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  6. Pmamba45
    June 23, 2010, 4:58 AM

    Don’t forget wind direction and pollen count.

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  7. geo
    June 23, 2010, 5:12 AM

    dont buy the new 360 TAKING MINES BACK TO BEST BUY. IT GETS REAL HOT AND THE WIFI DOES NOT FIND MY ‘N’ ROUTER. i know because my samsung blu ray has no trouble finding it. I’m gonna change it 2morrow hopefully i’ll get a model that works right if not buying the elite instead.

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  8. Rob
    June 24, 2010, 10:33 PM

    I can definately tell the new slim runs cooler then my old Xbox 360.. I have it on the shelf under my 60 inch tv.. plenty of ventilation. I know alot of idiots put it where there is very little air flow – like in an entertainment center with a closed back directly on top/bottom/next to another hot running electronics device like a cable dvr..

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  9. xile
    June 29, 2010, 2:32 PM

    Hell my old xbox 360 with 12v fan mod an 80mm intake fan is only runing 46c while gaming and idle is about 33c on teh gpu which is the hottes part.
    On a side not does anyone know the side of the fan in the xbox 360 slim

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  10. nameless
    July 4, 2010, 3:01 PM

    Or you can mod the xbox 360 you already have like i am. Built in fans and sexier case than that slim crap.

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  11. Sscultima
    July 6, 2010, 10:57 AM

    Just a correction on OP, the Fan on the heatsink blows air out of the vent same as the old consoles.

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  12. jolyrojr
    July 29, 2010, 12:37 AM

    I did a 12v mod on 2 slims today, F-N amazing! It is actually easier than the old xbox!

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  13. Cha vue
    August 25, 2010, 9:51 PM

    Is there a cooling fan for the Xbox 360 slim

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  14. mamareza
    December 8, 2010, 4:21 PM

    why are you guys copmpare falcon with this new slim
    its better you compare jasper with it
    because i think the jasper is worked cooler than this new one

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  15. Tim Guthrie
    June 21, 2011, 3:48 PM

    Well i have had the xbox 360 slim since december 25 thats right christmas now its june and my xbox 360 slim is freaking out on me when i open up the xbox 360 dashboard button (before signing in to player profile)on the xbox 360 slim controller. Now when this screen shows up the menus is going crazy like the A, x, b, y buttons when it shows you how to use the dashboard menus screen (the bottom of the screen) is like freaking out in a sence of glitching everything glitches on this screen and on top of that it won’t read any of my xbox 360 games..What should i do?

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