The new experiment refutes claims that a smaller heatsink means a warmer console. Last month, Sony started shipping a slightly modified version of its PlayStation 5 console with a smaller, lighter heat sink and a few other changes. Previous PS5 mods and analyzes made headlines as they showed the new PS5 was much warmer than the previous version based on the temperature of the air leaving the console. If you assume that a smaller heatsink will automatically be worse at dissipating heat, that makes sense. But the closer, more accurate YouTuber testing at Hardware Busters International confirms our doubts about that claim and shows that the PS5's exhaust air is warmer because the new cooling sy
Hardware tested APU, memory, VRM, and exhaust air temperature while Devil May Cry 5 was measured. Both PS5 models have air output a few degrees warmer than the previous model, but on average, the new PS5 APU is about 11°C cooler, shrinking from around 51°C to 40°C. Memory and VRM temperatures increase slightly on the new PS5 - memory temperature rises about 7°C and VRM temperature rises about 1.3°C - but none of these increases should have a significant impact on reliability or the life of the console. A much greater drop in APU temperature is worth compensating for.Compare the CPU, RAM, VRM, output temperature of the original PS5 and the modified model with a smaller heatsink. Hardware Busters International
These results only compare the old PS5 to the new PS5, and the numbers may look different than the larger sample size. But they should at least convince you that the newer, lighter PS5 heatsink doesn't automatically result in a console that's warmer, taller, and more likely. The new PS5 model number is CFI-1102A, while the original is CFI-1000 - if you want to be sure of the new version, look up these numbers.
The hardware team identified several subtle hardware differences between the system monitor and the new version, but they figured out pretty much everything to keep the console cool - the number and type of fans, fan speed, head level, and so on. The sound - the same or almost the same. The new PS5 was roughly decibels longer and consumed a few watts of power in most cases, but this kind of slight discrepancy between consoles is normal and not necessarily related to heat dissipation or other internal changes.
Additional tests show that the smaller, lighter heatsink keeps the PS5 cool.