The PlayStation 5 is gigantic for a game console. There’s no two methods about it; Sony’s newest devoted gaming system is a beast of a machine that occupies extra space than a typical Mini-ITX {custom} PC. It’s larger than the Falcon Northwest Tiki we simply reviewed, and that machine got here with a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

Most of the house inside is taken up by two issues, an enormous block of copper that serves as a heatsink for the AMD-designed, TSMC-manufactured 180W SoC, and the awkwardly-shaped energy provide. When you strip the system right down to its motherboard (with hooked up elements), it is truly strikingly trim.

Seeing that gave Matt over at YouTube channel DIY Perks an concept: what if we beat Sony to the punch with a “PS5 Slim?” For these unaware, the PlayStations have traditionally had a mid-life refresh that shrinks the scale of the system by half or extra, and ever for the reason that PlayStation 2’s “PS2 Slim,” they have been referred to by that moniker.

Well, Matt did a superb job on the venture. Sourcing a number of sheets of copper at important private price—over 250 GBP, greater than $300 USD—he fully fabricated a totally-custom liquid-cooling answer for the system, together with its SoC, RAM, flash reminiscence, and energy supply elements. He salvaged the chilly plate from a water-block meant for PCs, and fully changed the facility provide of the machine with a TFX PSU out of an HP system.
The PS5 motherboard with put in cooling equipment. It’s nonetheless super-thin.

After making a case for the system from a mirror-polished copper sheet, he slapped all of it collectively solely to comprehend that he had killed his unique PS5 within the course of. Fortunately, he occurred to have one other one available because of a sponsor take care of D-Brand.
Reassembling every part a second time—now with thermal sensors in place—he discovered that his {custom} cooling answer was in a position to drop the temperatures on the PS5’s elements significantly. While the SoC temperature did not drop that a lot, it is already very well-cooled within the inventory PS5. The different elements obtain significantly much less consideration in the usual chassis, but within the slim mannequin they keep frosty.

Of course, we have now to confess that his “PS5 Slim” venture makes one huge shortcut on the highway to slim-ness. The energy provide, inside on the inventory PS5, was moved to an exterior system that additionally serves because the pump and radiator for the water-block constructed into the principle chassis. There’s additionally the small matter of the truth that the supplies for his venture price greater than a complete second PlayStation 5 system!

Still, there is not any denying that the system runs nice and appears super-slick sitting beneath a TV. As lengthy as the large pump-radiator-power-supply system is stored out of view, it is definitely the best PS5 round—when it comes to each appears and temperatures.