Chipsets That Can Flash Xbox 360 Drives

By JonathanHuppert

Updated September 22, 2017

Flashing your Xbox 360 requires a SATA cable.
i SATA connector. A close up. Isolated on a white background. image by Andrey Khritin from

"Flashing" your Xbox 360 DVD drive involves using a computer program to edit the DVD drive's .bin firmware file to run back-up copies of games or movies. Flashing is performed via a SATA cable connection between the DVD drive and the computer. Only certain computer SATA chipsets are capable of running the program necessary to edit .bin firmware files, some chipsets can only work under specific settings, and some chipsets do not work at all with the Xbox 360 flashing program.

The following chipsets can flash Xbox 360 consoles. You can determine your computer's SATA chipset by consulting your user manual or by clicking "Start," then "Control Panel," then "System," then clicking the "Hardware" tab, clicking "Device Manager," and selecting the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section.

NVIDIA nForce 2 IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce 4 IDE Controller Intel P45 (ICH10R) ASUS P5QC Intel ICH9 Intel ICH (i810,i815,i840) Intel ICH0 Intel ICH2M Intel ICH2 (i810E2,i845,850,860) Intel C-ICH (i810E2) Intel ICH3M Intel ICH3 (E7500/1) Intel ICH4 (i845GV,i845E,i852,i855) Intel ICH5 Intel ICH10 Intel ICH10R (Asus P6T V2 Deluxe) Intel ICH10R+P45 Intel ESB (855GME/875P + 6300ESB) Intel ICH6 (and 6) (i915) Intel ICH7/7-R (i945, i975,945P with silicon 3231 SATA controller) Intel ICH9R Intel PIIX3 for the 430HX etc Intel PIIX4 Intel PIIX4 for the 430TX/440BX/MX chipset Intel PIIX Intel 82801EB (ICH5) Intel 6300ESB (ICH5) Intel 82801FB/FW (ICH6/ICH6W) Intel 82801FR/FRW (ICH6R/ICH6RW) Intel 82801FBM ICH6M Intel Enterprise Southbridge 2 (631xESB/632xESB) Intel 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7, identical to ICH6) Intel 2801GBM/GHM (ICH7M, identical to ICH6M) Intel SATA Controller IDE (ICH8) Intel Mobile SATA Controller IDE (ICH8M) Intel SATA Controller IDE (ICH9) Intel SATA Controller IDE (ICH9M) NVIDIA nForce 4 SATA Controller NVIDIA nForce 2 SATA Controller NVIDIA nForce 3 SATA Controller NVIDIA nForce MCP04 SATA Controller NVIDIA nForce MCP51 SATA Controller NVIDIA nForce MCP55 SATA Controller NVIDIA nForce MCP61 SATA Controller NVIDIA 750i NVIDIA Nforce630i (flashed a benQ and lite-on) NVIDIA Nforce570 (Samsung M28) Silicon Image SIL-3512 ATI SB600 (configured to legacy IDE) AMD 780G

The following chipsets for SATA connections have been determined as incompatible for Xbox 360 flashing:

NVIDIA GeForce 8200 (ABIT A-N78HD)

Some users have used certain SATA chipsets to flash Xbox 360 consoles but other users have claimed those chipsets do not in fact work. The following chipsets may be incompatibile with Xbox 360 flashing, or may only work under certain settings:

ATI SB400 EVGA X58 with Intel ICH10 Intel 82801 G ICH7