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Big bucks for 360 power brick


The bulky Xbox 360 power brick (aka El Jefe Grande) is big by any definition. Big enough to make your puny DVD player power supply run and hide. Big enough to club a baby seal to death in a pinch. All that's missing to secure its status as the king of gargantuan AC adaptors is a big stand-alone price tag. Enter the Intec Xbox 360 Power AC Adaptor, which, for the Kong-size cost of $100 ( wall plug not included!) adds an internal cooling fan and a few LED lights to your factory power brick, without shaving an ounce off the original's famous form factor. When I first heard about this thing, I assumed Intec was charging power supply snobs a premium for a sleeker, less obtrusive unit, but who was I kidding? This baby is big 'n' beautiful, and it has a fan that supposedly makes your 360 run better. The only question: Is anyone out there a big enough sucker to actually buy it?

[Thanks Chris]

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1. this thing looks to do no more than the standard power brick. my brick has color status lights and a built in fan. and how is it going to keep my 360 cooler when its a few feet away?

Posted at 7:16PM on Nov 5th 2006 by Darksyde78 0 stars

2. Hey, the ORIGINAL power brick has a status LED and a fan.

I can feel the air coming out of my brick right now, and I can see the dust on the intake grill. Definitely has a fan.

Posted at 7:27PM on Nov 5th 2006 by lolersticks 0 stars

3. The original 360 power supply has a built-in fan. At $40-50 maybe, but this seems a little excessive. I'd sooner build one of these...

http://www.hackaday.com/2006/01/05/xbox-360-atx-power-supply/

Posted at 7:35PM on Nov 5th 2006 by xbox360dsPSP 1 star

4. Does the Intec Power Brick come with its own "SUCKER" label to be applied to the purchaser's forehead?

Posted at 8:50PM on Nov 5th 2006 by Scott 0 stars

5. How much for the Monster power cable that connects to this? ;)

Posted at 9:06PM on Nov 5th 2006 by Fezmid 0 stars

6. What happens if somehow your original power brick brakes. For example I've noticed the wires starting to get a little messed up at one of the ends of the brick itself. If it were to go completely, is it possible to get another first party one from Microsoft? And if so how much do they charge?

Posted at 10:27PM on Nov 5th 2006 by Tre 0 stars

7. Be careful how you spend your money this holiday season. I wrote a blog on the subject check it out http://reviewsblog.sonsofgodclan.net

Posted at 11:40PM on Nov 5th 2006 by 9P 0 stars

8. Well I have 2 360s and only one power brick...so I was in the market for a used original one. $100 is too much for a 3rd party PSU when you can get a used original on ebay for around 70

Posted at 11:42PM on Nov 5th 2006 by Tariq 0 stars

9. Is it just me or does the back of the console in that photo look melted?

Posted at 11:44PM on Nov 5th 2006 by malberto 0 stars

10. I love how on Wal-mart's site they say "Intec Power AC Adaptor Xbox 360" and 'forget' to put in the "for" between adaptor and xbox. some scrub is gonna see the name and the pic which includes the 360, and be like "OMG xbox 360 for 99$!!!" Fuck you wal-mart, and the idiots that shop there!

Posted at 12:21AM on Nov 6th 2006 by Marc 0 stars

11. #9, yeah it does look like its melted, but the picture is just resized from the original.

"The best option to replace your lost or malfunctioning Xbox 360 power brick."

HOW CAN YOU LOOSE IT?? It's so big! LAWL

Posted at 12:30AM on Nov 6th 2006 by Filpaul 0 stars

12. That thing is huge, but if you remove the plastic, the actual power circut is the exact same size as the original xbox.

"Knock on wood", but my 360 has been fine since day one. So hopefully I will never have to spend a $100 for a power supply.

Posted at 12:56AM on Nov 6th 2006 by nitussi 0 stars

13. No one has mentioned that $100 is 1/3rd the cost of a core system and 1/4th the cost of the premium bundle - the far better value would be to buy a new system. I'm sure someone must have already hacked something using a PC power supply...

Posted at 8:17AM on Nov 6th 2006 by hoozyerdadE 0 stars

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