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Improving design PlayStation 3: cooling mod

In this article I will tell you how to improve the cooling of the game console Sony PlayStation 3 Slim. We will not disfigure the design of the Playstation 3 Slim, but only make minor changes for better cooling.

I recently received the first in my life video game console. This Sony PlayStation 3 made in a slim design.

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Many users would immediately began to play PlayStation, but I decided to conduct technical inspection of its innards in order to ensure its long-life model. This PlayStation 3 was used 5 years.

My console PlayStation 3 Slim has a code CECH-2104A. The processor and graphics chip made on 45 and 40 nm technical process. This is one of the coolest versions of PlayStation 3.

After first disassembling of console I replaced the thermal paste and polished radiator cooling system.

Before:

ps3 cooling radiator

ps3 cooling

After:

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ps3 cooling

I was very surprised when I saw the temperature is 65 degrees in idle mode after 20 minutes of play. For comparison, the processor of my computer idle heated to 35 degrees. People on the forum said that it is a normal temperature for the PlayStation 3 Slim.

I disassemble the PlayStation and analyzed its design. Console sucks cool air through a very small gap at the bottom of the housing. It was not enough. So I decided to make an additional duct.

ps3 cooling

I cut a hole with the size as size of the PlayStation cooling fan. But in the bottom left corner of holes I had to remove one mounting bolt. If you want to save this mount, you will need to reduce the length and height of the hole on 1 cm.

ps3 cooling

You could cut a large hole solid, but I prefer 3 small. This will keep the metal grid against accidental twisting.

ps3 cooling

On the reverse side of the lattice I pasted foam. It protects the interior of the PlayStation 3 Slim from dust, and creates a resistance to the air. Resistance helps to better ventilation rest parts of consoles

ps3 cooling

I made this first time in my life. Looks good. 🙂

ps3 cooling

To cut holes I used a coping saw. Last time I used it 16 years ago in school. 🙂

After this modification, I played in GTA 5 about 2 hours. Immediately after the close of the game PlayStation 3 Slim shows the temperature of only 60 degrees for the processor and graphics chip. Through time, the temperature dropped to 56 and 53.

I also used a light grid, rather than black, so dust was less noticeable.

ps3 cooling

ps3 cooling

And back in black:

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Also I added cooling on down side:

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Pavel Churiumov

Beginner web-programmer and not beginner designer. :)

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