XBRdepot eXtreme Complete Drill-free Uniclamp (TM) Kit for XBOX 360 ft. Stars 900 Thermal Compound GPU CPU Shims eXtreme-III (TM) RAM Thermal Pad Set Super Open Tool Set & Extra Mods (EZ Version No Drilling)

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  1. R. Nolan says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good stuff all around, wont need anything but maybe a pair of pliers, June 6, 2011
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    R. Nolan (Boston, MA) –
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    = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This review is from: XBRdepot eXtreme Complete Drill-free Uniclamp (TM) Kit for XBOX 360 ft. Stars 900 Thermal Compound GPU CPU Shims eXtreme-III (TM) RAM Thermal Pad Set Super Open Tool Set & Extra Mods (EZ Version No Drilling) (Video Game)
    This is a pretty nice little kit for anyone with an old 360. Mine was overheating like crazy, this kit did the trick. My only warning is removing the old x-clamps can be very stressful, you really should watch youtube videos of this step before attempting it yourself, I lightly scratched my board doing so but luckily it didn’t affect it. The xbox tool that they provide is perfect too, anyone that says they’re flimsy isn’t using them right.

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  2. Courtney says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Seemingly Works, August 25, 2013
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    Courtney (Bristol, WI) –

    = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This review is from: XBRdepot eXtreme Complete Drill-free Uniclamp (TM) Kit for XBOX 360 ft. Stars 900 Thermal Compound GPU CPU Shims eXtreme-III (TM) RAM Thermal Pad Set Super Open Tool Set & Extra Mods (EZ Version No Drilling) (Video Game)

    Overall review: After installing this repair kit, I find that the problem my 360 had beforehand is now gone.

    Background: I started off with my 360 (not sure what version, one of the first batches of white ones) freezing in a checkerboard pattern anywhere between the initial boot up screen and 10 seconds into a game. I did not have any red ring lights. I have experience in putting together and upgrading computers, so I felt comfortable trying out this kit.

    Unpacking: Everything arrived in good condition; namely the two bottles of liquid did not leak or spill. The grey pads (some sort of thermal compound?) on the uniclamp were however squished a bit. I was disappointed that this kit did not come with printed instructions, however I was able to find them on their website.

    Taking the 360 apart (INTERMEDIATE): I noticed immediately that the 360 opener tool was of high quality. Having this tool made opening the 360 a very painless process. I was excited to have two torx drivers in the kit, however the T8 driver started stripping the T8 screws almost immediately. I was then forced to acquire another T8 driver of higher quality. The T10 driver worked fine throughout the whole project. Despite the instructions showing that the bolts in the CPU and GPU heat-sinks can be removed with pliers, I personally found that a wrench was necessary. The pliers I used just shredded the corners of the bolts.

    Cleaning the inside (EASY): After all the dust was air blasted out, it was time to use the included cleaning solutions to remove the thermal compound. I had to profusely thank Microsoft at this point, as this compound was spewed all over the motherboard, and there was much cleaning to be done. I was skeptical of “Cleaner #1” as I am only familiar with using rubbing alcohol to clean inside a computer. This cleaner is noticeably yellow and suspiciously lemon fresh. However, it worked wonders at removing the thick, sticky thermal paste mess. I followed up with “Cleaner #2”, which was seemingly rubbing alcohol. I got the CPU and GPU to a mirror finish.

    Installing repair parts (NIGHTMARE): I tried to install the southbridge clamp first, but found that the corner that was cut off in order to accommodate the heat-sinks was not cut correctly. Thankfully this was just a thin piece of aluminum, so it was cut easily with a shears. The instructions make the installation of the uniclamp look seemingly simple. In reality, it is best done with at least two people, because trying to hold the motherboard, screwdriver, and remove tape pieces without losing any washers is a nightmare. Additionally, you must make sure that there is even pressure applied from each of the screws. Which is extremely difficult, because it would be a miracle for you to have perfectly straight pieces to work with at this point. You also have to sand down two metal standoffs in the case by, according to the instructions, at least .75mm. I had to sand mine down at least 2mm. This is not possible with only the small piece of relatively fine grit sandpaper that the kit provides. After this, I found that the motherboard (with all the repair parts installed) was still not fitting in the case. The 8 screws (provided in the kit) that hold on the uniclamp were causing the ports to not line up with their associated holes in the case. I then had to further go out of my way and pound indentations in the case to accommodate the screw heads. The instructions say that the whole repair process takes “at least 1 hour”. While I suppose that is technically true, this repair took me (and an additional person) over 8 hours spread across 2 days.

    Testing for success + fine tuning (EASY/INTERMEDIATE; REQUIRES LUCK): At this point I had everything physically installed (except the optional DVD drive belt), and was quite ready to test the system. I had not replaced the case assembly however, as I figured more adjustments would be necessary. So I plugged everything in, turned it on, and promptly got 3 red lights (upper right quadrant unlit). Keeping in mind that I did not get these lights before. The instructions said that the most likely cause of failure is that the heat-sinks aren’t mounted perfectly even. After 3 tries of fiddling with the screws, I resigned myself to the likelihood that my problem would have to be fixed with the optional “overheating method”. This method involves loosening the GPU heatsink screws to overheat the GPU, and keeping cool air on the CPU so the system doesn’t shut down. My first try at this had the system shutting down right away. Further attempts at additional air cooling on the CPU, and air restriction on the GPU did not fix this. I then guessed (correctly) that the GPU heat-sink had been unscrewed too much, and tightened it just a bit. To my ultimate surprise, this time when I turned the system on, I got all green lights! At this point I was happy to take my luck and put everything back together…

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  3. Sylar34 says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not Impressed, March 28, 2014
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    Sylar34

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    This review is from: XBRdepot eXtreme Complete Drill-free Uniclamp (TM) Kit for XBOX 360 ft. Stars 900 Thermal Compound GPU CPU Shims eXtreme-III (TM) RAM Thermal Pad Set Super Open Tool Set & Extra Mods (EZ Version No Drilling) (Video Game)
    I received this kit and quickly determined that it was missing the tool to open the X-Box. Thankfully, the instructions also show how to open the X-Box without it. The instructions were easy to follow for the most part but it starts to get a little frustrating when they have to differentiate between the traditional X-Box 360 and the Slim version (or EZ as stated in the instructions). This is when things got hairy. This kit comes with a mixture of steel and plastic washers. The traditional X-Box 360 requires the use of ONLY steel washers to which the kit does not nearly have enough. Also, this kit claims that there is no drilling necessary but it fails to mention the fact that there is only no drilling necessary for the “EZ” or Slim X-Box. They claim that it will take 1-2 hours to complete but it took me 4. When all was said and done though, I hooked my X-Box up to find that this product did not resolve the issue. It is impossible to tell if it was this kit, my misuse of the kit, or if there is a soldering issue as is common with the traditional X-Box 360. I am giving this kit 2 stars instead of 1 simply for the fact that they shipped me something (albeit incomplete) on time.

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