PS5: The new model heats up much less than the original, but worse

PS5: The new model heats up much less than the original, but worse


The new PS5 model heats much less than the original model, according to a study by Igorslab, made in collaboration with the YouTube channel Hardware Busters using much more accurate heat measurement tools than those used by other youtubers and sites. So it would not be worse, but better from this point of view, producing 10 ° less.

Previous analyzes, such as the now famous one by youtuber Austin Evans, were based on IR meters, not very reliable to have of the actual heat production values ​​of an electronic device, because they do not take into account certain factors such as air flows.

According to the new analysis, the newer PS5 model dissipates heat better and is more light, as it is the result of various experiments by the Japanese multinational, which for example has already revised the mainboard twice, now in its third version, and has slightly changed the components that deal with power supply.

Temperatures without games started 4K ray tracing temperatures Speaking of the famous heatsink, not only is it lighter, but it also has new heat exchangers, which allow the console to work at a lower temperature than the mod original. In addition, the new PS5 consumes 5 Watts less with no games running but with the console on, which is cheaper while paused. With games started running at 4K with ray tracing, the consumption is 10 Watts more than the previous model. In reality, the figure is not as negative as it might seem at first glance and must be contextualized: since the new model heats up less even with the maximum workload, it means that the SoC can maintain a higher clock, albeit very little, for a longer time.

temperatures with games started As far as temperature measurement is concerned, Igorslab used probes placed inside the body, the most accurate system ever to obtain precise data, discovering a new internal thermal balance, for which the CPU is cooled more than RAM or other components. The reason for this choice is quite clear: those components that can give problems in case of too high temperatures are favored. The conclusion is that the processor of the new PS5 produces 10 ° less heat than the old model, thus being able to maintain a higher clock for longer.

Otherwise the two console models are practically identical , especially from the point of view of the noise level, which has remained unchanged.

Fan noise The substance is that whoever talked about a new PS5 model worse than the old one did it based on partial and incomplete data, after using some unsuitable tools to reach such a conclusion.

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PS5 games take up a ton of space. Here's how to boost your PlayStation storage

a knife on a cutting board: There © Provided by CNET There's a new option for expanding your PlayStation 5 storage, and it's really quick and easy to set up. Dan Ackerman/CNET

One of the biggest gripes about the otherwise awesome PlayStation 5 has been that modern games are so big, there's just not enough storage to hold more than a handful at a time. The last Call of Duty game clocks in at around 185 gigabytes, and even fresh out of the box, a PS5 only has about 700GB of free space. 

The first answer was to hook up an external solid-state drive -- a cheap and easy solution, with a catch. You can play PS4 games directly from the external SSD, but not PS5 games. You can only store them there to free up space on the internal drive. 

But now a new beta version of the PS5 OS allows you to use the previously hibernating extra M.2 hard drive slot inside the PS5. You can join the beta program with a few clicks right here. It just took me a few minutes to get signed up. 

There are a couple of problems to overcome before you can start downloading all your games onto the new M.2 drive. First, you need to open up the PS5 case, undo some screws and properly install the drive. Second, the most popular compatible drives are mostly sold out and hard to find right now. You can keep an eye on in-stock M.2 drives and prices here.

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I got my hands on a big 4-terabyte Seagate FireCuda 530, which includes a built-in heat sink, a requirement for an internal PS5 drive. The 1TB version is usually around $250, while this 4TB version is upwards of $900. 

Here's how I got the new drive installed in a matter of minutes. 

Read more: Need more PS5 storage? Here's how to pick the right M.2 SSD

a close up of an oven: Under the back cover of the PS5 is this metal plate. Unscrew it to find the empty drive slot. Dan Ackerman/CNET © Provided by CNET Under the back cover of the PS5 is this metal plate. Unscrew it to find the empty drive slot. Dan Ackerman/CNET

Remove the back cover of the PS5. Grab the top right corner while the system is lying face down and pull both out and down at the same time. It'll pop off with a big thwack! sound, but don't worry about it. 

Remove the metal plate covering the open SSD slot. There's a single screw holding it on. Fun note, the screw has the four PlayStation button symbols on it. 

Insert the new M.2 drive into the slot. There's a second screw sitting inside the empty bay. Remove it and use it to secure the top of the M.2 drive once it's properly seated. 

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Then just reinstall the metal plate, snap the cover back on and turn on the PS5. On booting, the console will ask if you want to format your new drive. Naturally, the answer is 'yes,' and once you do that, you can go into the system settings and ask the console to automatically install new games to your new drive. 

After I installed and set up the drive, I tried transferring a few games from the default drive to my new SSD. Call of Duty, which is nearly 200GB, transferred in about 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Returnal, around 50GB, transferred in about 40 seconds. 

The process was easy, so the hardest part might be finding a compatible M.2 drive in stock.