Sony officially released a revised edition of the PlayStation 5. The PS5 V2 has a smaller and lighter heatsink as well as a new fan which is quieter.
The revised PS5 V2 weighs about 300 grams (0.66 pounds) less than the original model. As it turns out, Sony shaved off some metal off the heatsink and plonked a new fan. As a result, the PS5 V2 runs quieter but hotter, claims a report.
The Sony PS5 V2 has a new heatsink that’s lighter and a fan with lesser fins:
Sony had announced last month that it would be revising its original PS5 Digital Edition model to make it lighter. Some of the new models have the ID “CFI-1100B”.
Newer editions of Sony PS5 are arriving with the CFI-11XX numbering scheme. The older or original Sony PlayStation 5 models had the CFI-1XXX numbering scheme.
So I got my hands on one of the updated CFI-1100B model PS5s. Full video (https://t.co/jCmJ1QuT2a) just went live but…
🔥 Rear exhaust temps are 3-5C higher
⚖️ Weighs 0.3 KG or 0.6 LBS less
🪨 Heatsink is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller
💨 Has a slightly redesigned fan
🔩 Upgraded stand pic.twitter.com/RYnLijakk6
— Austin Evans (@austinnotduncan) August 28, 2021
The only visible design change was the screw that secures the stand when users place the console vertically. The new screw features a thicker, textured head, which makes it far easier to twist by hand. The original PS5 had a rather plain screw that needed a flathead screwdriver or a coin to rotate.
Austin Evans got his hands on the revised #PS5 and did a teardown. Here's what we learned:
1) Different fan blade design
2) Darker color green silicon
3) Rewiring on the wifi chip
4) Smaller heatsink
— 🎮I1AXEL1I🎮@TSGPLive (@1AxelGaming1) August 28, 2021
Technology YouTuber Austin Evans has posted a rather detailed comparison video. The video shows a revised unit of the PS5 Digital Edition from Japan to an original PS5 Digital Edition model.
After tearing the two models apart, Evans quickly discovered Sony had installed a smaller and lighter heatsink. Additionally, the company was using a new fan.
Upon closer inspection, the YouTuber discovered the weight of the new revision’s internal board with heatsink was 1368 grams (3.0 pounds). The original PS5 has a board that weighs 1639 grams (3.6 pounds).
New PS5 Revision Is Worse | Buyer Be Very Aware 👀
❌ Runs 9 degrees hotter
❌ Wattage increased to 230 watts
❌ Smaller heatsink
❌ Cheaper materials
❌ Sony making a profit now at YOUR expense
What a scam…😱 pic.twitter.com/NFXEdKVbkn
— ◇ Xbox_Serious_X|S ◇ (@Xbox_Series_XS) August 28, 2021
Speaking about the fan, Sony has used a new one, which Delta Electronics manufactures. The new Delta fan has 17 wing blades, but the original Delta fan has 23 wing blades. The wing blades on the new 17-wing Delta protrude longer into the center than the original 23-blade Delta fan.
The Sony PS5 V2 runs slightly hotter and is a bit quieter than the original Sony PlayStation 5:
According to preliminary tests, the PS5 V2 runs a little hotter than the original Sony PlayStation 5. Evans claims the newer iteration reached temperatures of 55°C. The original PS5 topped at 52°C with the ambient temperature hovering at 24°C.
New PS5 running 9 degrees hotter. This why I’m waiting for that slim slim slim model preferably with heatsink. pic.twitter.com/VW70uXkAKg
— ALL MIGHT (@ALLM_I_G_H_T) August 28, 2021
Apart from the 3 degrees of additional heat, the revised Sony PS5 is actually quieter. The fan noise in the new CFI-1100B variant is lower, claims Evans.
New version of the PS5 uses a smaller, lower-cost heatsink:
❌ Cheaper components
❌ Runs ~9° hotter
✅ Same performance
✅ Reduces weight by 0.6lb
✅ Uses less copper
Price of copper has skyrocketed the last year and it's becoming scarce. This change will increase production. pic.twitter.com/xMaq5Lfrva
— TmarTn (@TmarTn) August 29, 2021
Simply put, the Sony PS5 V2 runs a little hotter but is also quieter. It is not clear if the extra heat is the result of the smaller heatsink or the better performance of the new fan. It is important to note that Evans himself indicates that more testing is needed.
Besides the heatsink and the fan, Sony has embedded a new Wi-Fi receiver component. Evans did not elaborate on the technical aspects of the new layout of the wireless internet communication module.
My thoughts on new PS5 Heatsink;
-More cost/manufacturing friendly design, Sony engineers know what they are doing. Less mass doesn't mean worse cooling
-Doesn't affect the consumer and is only 3 degrees hotter which is negligible
-Still cooler than XsX
-Has more games than Xbox pic.twitter.com/AFqmQvdITs
— HYPED (@iamalitayyeb) August 29, 2021
Although the PS5 V2 does run a little hot, it is quite possible that the game console will function optimally. Sony has had a full year to study the real-life usage of the PlayStation 5.
The company could have easily optimized the design of the heatsink and the fan. These components could extract the heat with a reduced footprint.