Checking in with a footprint of 390 x 260 x 104mm (92mm on the digital model), the PlayStation 5 is likely one of the largest consoles that Sony has ever made. Whereas the corporate sometimes releases a slim variant of its consoles three or 4 years later, Matt from DIY Perks (opens in new tab) has created his rendition of the PlayStation 5 Slim. And because the cherry on the highest, he even added a customized liquid cooling loop to enhance thermal efficiency.
The PlayStation 5 digital version is 92mm thick, and Matt’s bold purpose was to carry the console’s thickness all the way down to 20mm, a powerful 78% discount. For comparability, a standard single-disc DVD case is 15mm, so the envisioned PlayStation 5 Slim will solely be marginally thicker. Logically, that implies that Matt should dump the whole lot from the case to the heatsinks to hit his thickness goal. Sadly, the one piece of part that he salvaged from the unique PlayStation 5 was the motherboard.
The YouTuber carved his full-cover water block for the motherboard, flash storage, energy circuitry, VRM, and customized heatsinks for the opposite elements, just like the GDDR6 chips. He additionally made a slick copper case for the undertaking. Admittedly, the copper sheets alone price greater than the PlayStation 5. It is a “for the science” kind of undertaking and one which is not possible for many shoppers.
The PlayStation 5’s authentic energy provide delivers 31A at 12V, making it straightforward for the DIYer to discover a correct various. Matt changed the unit with an HP DP5-750RB An influence provide with a capability of 750W. It affords as much as 62.5A at 12V, which is greater than sufficient to energy the PlayStation 5 and Matt’s customized water cooling loop.
The YouTuber constructed an extended, exterior aluminum case to accommodate the facility provide and the water cooling elements. For the latter, he tapped one in all Alphacool’s 7×40 slim radiators coupled with seven tiny Noctua NF-A4x20 followers for warmth dissipation and an unspecified reservoir and pump.
Matt’s first try ended badly because the console froze throughout his exams and consequently refused to activate. Not glad together with his failure, the DIYer sourced one other PlayStation 5 console and at last bought his undertaking again on observe.
Apart from being slimmer than the unique PlayStation 5, Matt additionally wished to scale back the working temperatures, which is the place his customized water cooling loop is available in. He added three temperature probes to measure the AMD SoC (Oberon), the reminiscence, and VRM. He ran Horizon Forbidden West for a number of hours and recorded 46 levels Celsius on the SoC. Because the temperature probe is not contained in the SoC, he estimated the temperature to be round 65 levels Celsius. The reminiscence posted temperatures of 52 levels Celsius, whereas the VRM solely heated as much as 44 levels Celsius.
Matt in contrast his outcomes to Players Nexus’ thermal exams for the vanilla PlayStation 5. Players Nexus recorded 75 levels Celsius on the SoC, 95 levels Celsius on the reminiscence, and 71 levels Celsius on the VRM. As compared, Matt’s PlayStation 5 Slim noticed 13% decrease temperatures on the SoC, 45% on the reminiscence, and 38% on the VRM.
It is only a matter of time earlier than Sony releases the official PlayStation 5 Slim. Though the upcoming console might be thinner than the unique, we do not anticipate it to be in the identical alley as Matt’s creation. One factor’s for positive, although. The PlayStation 5 Slim will seemingly be cheaper than the common variations.