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Cheap GPU causes Xbox 360 red ring of death

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We now know what causes the red ring of death. It seems Microsoft, rather than having someone like ATi design the Xbox 360’s GPU, went the cheap route, going straight to a Taiwanese manufacturer with its own designs.

In other words, Microsoft’s lackluster GPU design causes the console to overheat, leading to the red ring of death. In wanting to save a few dollars, Microsoft ended up costing itself $1 billion.

The moral of the story is, don’t half-ass your work.

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