After entirely too long, Jasper has finally been discovered in the wild. As we originally predicted back in early October, the first Jaspers were identified by being labeled 12.1A on the 12V rail. Somewhat surprisingly, the first ones discovered also came with a 150W PSU. We of course knew this would happen eventually, but many believed that early Jaspers would use left over 175W PSUs. It's still possible there are some Jaspers floating around labeled as 14.2A and including a 175W PSU that were simply never recognized for what they were. Also as predicted, the Jasper motherboard featured a new PSU power connector that prevents using a newer, less powerful power supply on an older Xbox that needs more power. This information wasn't confirmation enough for some, but no doubt remained after one was finally dissected. One other interesting tidbit is the inclusion of 256MB of on-board flash, allowing Microsoft to forgo the memory card for Arcade systems and also to preload NXE without a hard drive.

So far it appears that lot number 0842 from team FDOU or CSON and 0843 FDOU have been confirmed Jasper. Unfortunately, the somewhat confusing bit is that some of these same lot numbers have also been confirmed to be Falcon. Clearly, we are in the midst of a transition period, so there are still no guarantees based on external box markings. If you get a console labeled 12.1A on the 12V rail and comes with a 150W PSU, you can be assured that you have a Jasper-based console.

I would like to reiterate that Microsoft will likely never comment officially on Jasper or any other Xbox 360 revision, so don't waste your time trying to contact them. Along the same lines, your average retail employee is not going to have a clue what you're talking about if you ask, so don't bother.

It may take a few weeks for these to become more common - I still can't find one locally myself, and it would be a total crap shoot ordering online. So the hunt continues around here. We'll have our own dissection and analysis as soon as we can get our hands on one. And if you're hunting for one yourself, post all of your findings in the official thread in the AnandTech Forums.

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  • MCSim - Monday, December 01, 2008 - link

    I got a Xbox 360 Arcade that is rated for 14V, but it has the new power connector. Is it Jasper then? I think it has the Lite-ON dvd-drive too. Reply
  • ashegam - Monday, December 01, 2008 - link

    from what I've read "all" of the xbox 360's have the Lite on dvd drive starting from march of 08. Reply
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  • semo - Sunday, November 30, 2008 - link

    didn't click on the link but are you just plugging your dumb website? Reply
  • Lifted - Sunday, November 30, 2008 - link

    He's just plugging his website here for SEO purposes since AT doesn't use the nofollow tag within the comments section for some reason. Since they don't care, I might as well start boosting the ranking on my websites here too. Reply
  • secretanchitman - Saturday, November 29, 2008 - link

    i am one of the few who is lucky enough to find a jasper...basically from my knowledge, you can only get a 360 arcade in jasper form, i havent seen any pros or elites (well, apparently one guy on the xbox-scene forums has a jasper elite, but im not so sure yet/i didnt look into it much) with jasper yet.

    honestly, just check the xbox you are going to buy and see if its lot 0843x or higher, manufactured 10-23-2008 or later, and by team FDOU.
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  • SuperGee - Saturday, November 29, 2008 - link

    I think the cheapest version is great demand for. So it average shelf time is short. Could be that the falcon stock is sold out prety fast. I'am prefere a elite, and I'am afraid the stock will sitting a bit longer in store of those falcon versions. Reply
  • soydios - Saturday, November 29, 2008 - link

    couldn't you ask the retail employee to check the PSU? give them the reason "I want to get the newest version; it was just upgraded." Reply
  • cbm - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 - link

    Yea I'm sure they'd love it if you walk into gamestop and ask them to open a bunch of packages for you.

    You obviously have no concept of retail.
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