Cheap GPU causes Xbox 360 red ring of death


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.