In temporary: Sony’s PlayStation 5 is without doubt one of the largest consoles the corporate has ever produced. The Japanese gaming big traditionally launches a slimmer revision a number of years right into a system’s lifecycle however one modder did not wish to wait that lengthy and took issues into his personal palms.
Matt from DIY Perks just lately dismantled the still-in-short-supply PS5 and set about shrinking its footprint. The normal PS5 measures 4.1 inches thick however Matt needs to get it right down to lower than one inch (0.79 inches, to be precise). Key to carrying out that purpose might be to completely revamp the cooling system and relocate the facility provide.
Much of the PS5’s girth is necessitated by heatsinks designed to maintain the system’s numerous parts from overheating. Once these are stripped away, you will discover that the PS5’s motherboard is definitely fairly skinny. Of course, these parts nonetheless should be cooled else they’d go up in smoke inside seconds of powering on the system.
For that, Matt turned to water cooling. But even off-the-shelf parts will not reduce it right here as they require an excessive amount of headroom for this explicit software, so Matt needed to fabricate a customized three-layer water block out of copper to maintain every part cool.
His methodology could seem a bit crude and the ultimate product – even after a fast polish – would not look as pristine as one thing you’d count on from a retail producer, however the cooling loop is air / water tight and that is all that basically issues. Spacers and thermal glue have been positioned on the cooling plate to assist take away warmth from secondary chips that additionally get heat. The SoC obtained a brand new coat of liquid metallic, and the unique bracket was used to carry the plate in place.
A handful of different chips additionally acquired spacers to dissipate warmth to a separate lid. The VRMs, nevertheless, wanted beefier cooling, so Matt modified the PS5’s unique heatpipe to attach it to a secondary liquid channel he made into the copper sandwich water block.
Another hurdle Matt needed to sort out was the facility provide. Sony mounted the PSU within the PS5 however doing so right here would kind of defeat the aim of the venture given its dimension. Matt as a substitute went with an exterior energy provide, which is the place issues turned a bit much less aesthetically pleasing.
Matt opted for a pc energy provide and mounted it in a protracted, rectangular case that additionally accommodates the water cooling system’s radiator and pump.
A customized cowl was fabricated to match the remainder of the aesthetic earlier than it was all buttoned up and polished. After a little bit of a scare, the system ultimately fired up and was prepared for thermal testing to see if it was no less than as environment friendly as a inventory PS5. But then, catastrophe struck.
Matt inadvertently blocked the consumption on the radiator, which led to the system overheating and seemingly kicking the bucket. Fortunately, he had a spare PS5 readily available and was in a position to do a fast transplant of its internals to get again up and operating. This time, he added thermal probes to simply examine temperatures at key places, and there have been no points.
Temperatures with the water cooled PS5 have been far superior to a inventory PS5, however that was to be anticipated. Best but, the chassis measured in at simply 1.9cm (0.75 inches) which is even thinner than anticipated.