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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

The world’s first PlayStation 5 ‘slim’ is now available on a YouTuber . exists because of

The PS5 is a giant console, the largest in modern history, and a DIY YouTuber has now created a PS5 “slim” model that’s a fraction more than the thickness of the plastic cases that hold PS5 games. Matt Perks, known on YouTube as DIY Perks, has put a lot of time and effort into making the PS5 “slim” that brings the size down from about four inches to about an inch.

The result is a slim copper console that houses key PS5 components, and a massive external power supply and cooling solution that can be hidden away. Much of the PS5’s thickness comes from its cooling heatsink and power supply, so DIY perks moved the actual console on top of the TV stand to a taller external unit to make them more attractive.

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Modified PS5 ‘Slim’ in action.
Image: DIY Perks (YouTube)

A custom water cooling system replaces the PS5’s existing cooling solution, and uses copper sheeting to channel the water to the CPU. This sheeting also includes several thermal bridges that help cool components like the SSD and power circuitry that attaches to the PS5’s motherboard.

While Sony has reduced the power consumption of some previous PlayStation models to create a slim version, it’s a bit out of reach for DIY and modding. Instead, the DIY perks took the route of the PS2 or PS One Slim models by creating an external power supply.

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The slim version requires a spacious external PSU and cooling unit.
Image: DIY Perks (YouTube)

This external power and cooling unit first resulted in disaster frying the PS5’s motherboard as the unit fell over and blocked airflow to effectively cool the console. After swapping out the motherboard, the PS5 “Slim” successfully boots up and plays the game as you’d expect.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this custom cooling solution results in some temperature improvement for the PS5. The DIY perk measured major improvements in RAM and VRM temperatures, and noted that temperatures could be lowered with an even larger external cooling unit.

While some would ditch the massive power and cooling unit, the entire project is still a fascinating 30-minute journey into trial and error modifying the console. The Custom Copper Water Block is impressive in how simple it looks as a DIY perk, made using a jigsaw and regular tools. Thankfully, scalpers probably won’t put nearly as much effort into making the PS5 “slim” a reality on eBay anytime soon.

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