An enthusiast has created a unique PlayStation 5 Slim – only 20 mm thick and with a liquid cooling system

The PlayStation 5 is one of Sony’s largest consoles – its dimensions are 390 × 260 × 104 mm (92 mm for the digital version). Typically, a manufacturer releases a Slim version of new home consoles about three to four years after the original model was released. However, enthusiast Matt from YouTube channel DIY Perks decided to create own unique Slim version of PS5. Moreover, he equipped it with a liquid cooling system.

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Matt set himself the task of reducing the thickness of the console to 20 mm, which is 78% less than the original. For comparison, a DVD box is 15mm thick. The enthusiast abandoned the standard case of the console, leaving only its motherboard from the console. Even the power supply connector had to be dismantled, since its height turned out to be too large. Instead, I had to use an external power supply.

For his project, Matt created a custom copper water block that completely covers the motherboard and cools the batteries, GDDR6 memory chips and integrated SSD chips, including with the help of heat pipes. A water block was also produced from copper to cool the processor of the set-top box and the console case.

It should be noted that the alteration turned out to be very costly. The amount of copper that was used here will cost more than the PlayStation 5 itself. But the final result turned out to be very interesting. The project took several months to complete.

The original PlayStation 5 power supply provides 31 A at 12 V. It was not possible to use it in the project. Firstly, he turned out to be fat, and secondly, he has a very unusual shape. Fortunately, an alternative was found quickly. An HP DP5-750RB 750W power supply was used as a replacement. It provides up to 62.5A of current at 12V, which is more than enough to power the set-top box and custom cooling circuit.

For the power supply, as well as for the radiator and other elements of the LSS, the enthusiast created a separate aluminum case. As part of the LSS circuit, a compact radiator Alphacool 7×40 was used. Seven Noctua NF-A4x20 20 mm fans are responsible for its cooling. Also, the enthusiast used very durable rubber tubes of the LSS circuit, which he dressed in copper insulation.

The first attempt to create a PlayStation 5 Slim was unsuccessful. At the same time, due to a stupid mistake already at the final stage of the assembly. Matt assembled the prefix and wanted to hang the block with the radiator and the LSS system on the wall after checking it, but before that he placed the latter precariously on the floor. As a result, the cooling fans were blocked. As a result, the console overheated and died suddenly. Attempts to revive the motherboard did not lead to anything. The new motherboard was donated by a video sponsor, which produces custom side covers for the PlayStation 5 with better ventilation.

By reassembling the console and adding temperature monitoring elements to the motherboard, the enthusiast received a very thin custom PlayStation 5 equipped with a liquid cooling system. Then came the tests.

As expected, the huge copper water block, combined with the FLC, significantly reduced the temperature of the main components of the PlayStation 5. For example, the AMD APU temperature dropped from 75-80 degrees Celsius to 46-65 degrees Celsius, the chip memory temperature dropped from batteries – from 71 to 44 degrees. A truly outstanding result.

Sony will definitely release the official PlayStation 5 Slim at some point. However, it, of course, is unlikely to be equipped with a liquid cooling system and, of course, will not be as thin as Matt turned out. But the upside is that the official PlayStation 5 Slim is very likely to be cheaper than the original PlayStation 5. At least that was always the case with previous generations of Sony consoles.

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