Thick and bulky, the PlayStation 5 can become slim and discreet … as long as it is drastically modified to accommodate a water cooling circuit. An ambitious, attempted and successful edit from the DIY Perks YouTube channel.
If you’ve managed to buy one, your PlayStation 5 is now probably cluttering up your TV stand … or displaying its towering monolithic figure right next to it. Determined not to wait for Sony to launch a slim version (slimmer, but that’s not immediately relevant), the YouTuber of the channel DIY Perks has embarked on an extreme streamlining project of the console to fit it into a case of just 2 cm thick.
The result is impressive … but so is the degree of modification required. Because to achieve this, the YouTuber installed, and modified by hand, a water cooling system taken from the world of PCs.
A modification that you will hardly be able to reproduce at home …
After completely disassembling the console to keep only the motherboard, the interested party had to unsolder the power connector to overlap several copper plates to the PS5 circuitry. The latter, coupled with a waterblock pressed against the SoC and manually clipped, allowed for the installation of a functional and even devilishly efficient water cooler. ON Forbidden West Horizonthe so-customized PS5 managed to stay cool with just 45 degrees in play, versus the original 75 degrees of cooling on the same title.
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The other side of the coin, because there is necessarily one when you want to limit yourself to a 2 cm thick case: the water cooling radiator (which allows you to cool the water that passes through the water block) and the power supply block had to be housed in a long secondary box, designed to be housed in the back of a TV cabinet… and therefore be “invisible”.
Surely astounding, this PlayStation 5 modification remains particularly difficult to replicate. In addition to the huge budget needed to put together the necessary components, equipment and a good deal of know-how are required for the operation. An operation that can also lead to major failures of the console if it is not performed according to the rules of the art … or if something unexpected happens, like at the end of the video.
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