Early analysis of the new PlayStation 5 revealed that Sony had changed several internal components and criticized the decision to significantly reduce the console’s cooling system.
Tech YouTuber Austin Evans managed to get an updated PlayStation 5 model that quietly went on sale in Japan and Australia this month.
After disassembling the console, he found that the new console has an updated fan design and small changes to the Wi-Fi antennas, which may be in line with the plans to install the new wireless module mentioned in a Sony document earlier this year.
However, by far the most significant change found during disassembly was the confirmation that the redesigned console weighs 300g less than the original model – as first suggested in Sony’s hardware manual – due to the significantly reduced heatsink.
A heat sink is a device designed to dissipate heat from processors, GPUs, and chipsets so that they can operate more efficiently and safely. Without effective cooling, hardware can fail over time and this can affect performance.
Original PlayStation 5 already warming up and the recent introduction of expandable NVMe SSD storage requires users to add additional cooling with an additional heatsink.
The new PS5’s heatsink appears to have been much smaller than the original design, likely thanks to new knowledge from the Sony engineering team, as well as cost savings.
Sony has sold PS5 consoles at a loss since launch, but recently said that digital PlayStation 5 can now be sold at a profit for the first time.
This could have been due to the virtual removal of copper from the heatsink of the new PS5 model, as shown in Evan’s teardown. During the pandemic, the price of copper fell. increased significantly and contributed to the shortage of components required for the production of electronic devices.
While a smaller heatsink doesn’t necessarily mean the new PS5 will run hotter than the starter model, Evans’ temperature test, which only took readings from the exhaust vents and not internal components, showed that the new model generated about 3 ° C. More heat. than the launcher console.
However, this could easily mean that the new model is simply more efficient at dissipating heat rather than running hotter components, so more rigorous testing will be required to determine if the new heatsink has actually affected performance.
Evans said in the video, “I believe what happened to Sony, now that they have almost a year of PS4 data and have spent more time testing, they determined that for now, yes, it’s going to be a little hotter, it’s probably , ok, and it won’t affect things much. “
He went on to criticize Sony’s decision to reduce the PS5’s heatsink. “I don’t think there is any argument that this is the worst console, at least for thermals and cooling,” he said.
“Maybe they changed some of the Wi-Fi stuff, maybe as we get deeper into that, we’ll find more quirks and features, but as far as I understand, I’d rather launch the PS5.”
While the starting PS5 hardware uses the CFI-1XXX model numbering scheme, the updated model uses the new CFI-11XX model numbering scheme.
As previously suggested, the revamped PS5 has confirmed a new screw for attaching the console to the stand, which can now be adjusted manually instead of using a screwdriver.
Sony is reportedly planning to begin production of a new PS5 hardware upgrade with AMD’s “new semi-custom” 6nm processor in 2022.
In May, the company announced that the standard PS5 model would hit payback starting June 2021. “Since then, we predict it will gradually become more profitable from then on,” said PlayStation boss Jim Ryan during an investor relations event.