Harry Butler writes:
"Having watched Harry literally just finished building it and turning it on, our initial impressions to the noise are that without a game in the drive the Xbox is finally, truly silent. It's incredible. Drop a DVD in and it's also very quiet. As soon as you drop a game in the DVD drive though then it spins up and the whole thing deafens you again. Until Microsoft allow games to be played off the hard drive, there seems to be little cure for the inherent DVD issue. It's already known that you can't swap it for a new drive."