Alright guys, I know I have helped out many of you, now, I want to take a step off in a watercooling tanget: my 160GB PS3 slim.
I want to watercool this sucker, since it appears to get pretty damn warm after several hours of GT5 racing. But, I haven't come across any specially-made blocks. There apparently was a set from Koolance, but I can't find much info on it and it seems to be discontinued...however, I'm going to email them and ask. Regardless, I need to figure out some specifics such as block mount points to determine which blocks I actually could use. Anyone have a schematic of the PS3 Slim board? Hmmm...
Also, has anyone come across any good console modding sites that might be a good reference? Even those with the replacement shells, etc. I'd consider getting a 2nd outer shell to cut on so the original remains intact. Even if I end up going the route of simply adding fans...does anyone have any links right off hand? I'm doing some Googling, but so far, hit or miss on most.
@rubix...first step would be to take it apart , measure the chip and chip spacing ..you may get away with placing full cover 5970 block with some minor machining or universal blocks
I would try to dust it off first or reapply new TIM http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/2006/1111/ps3.htm
Nice, that helps. Looks like I can probably figure out some rough dimensions and determine a universal block I could use for each.
Next, time to look for a secondary PS3 external casing so I don't have to destroy the original one. Hmmm...
My PS3 is brand new...I bought it the day GT5 was released, like Nov 25th or something...so it should be really clean/dust free inside. I don't really want to disassemble it prior to tear down and build if I don't have to. But, it might be the case...**IF** I can find time to pry myself away from GT5 for a few days.
I just don't like the heat it pumps out...its insane.
Great edit/add. That pic helps give a ballpark idea of what I'm looking at. *Sigh*...maybe I need to get off the crack and tear it down to see the guts. It's a hard habit to give up...
ive hand made a watercooling system for my ps3 it took 6 months but ive done it now my ps3 is amazinyly fast and dosent break a sweat i have to replace the can of R 134 because it cools the water to ice cold so my ps3 is fast but a bit heavier and the can is no bigger tha a small canned drik so it aint bad
hope u get yours cu
ps3 slim gets much hotter than u think but the air dosent actually carry all heat out it gets to about 50 degrees but you cant feel the heat so uch because there is a much smaller fan so less of the heat get out
the pump was around $50-$60 and it was a Alphacool Laiang D5 Vario Pump 655
the blocks were pc blocks but they fit quite well they were EK-Supremacy CPU blocks.
i also used Mayhems X1 UV Red Premixed Watercooling Fluid it was about $10
I didnt actually think of pic ((aint got camera) or build log because didnt think ill put on blog soz about that.
ohh and to adjust the harware clock speeds etc i put a different hard drive loaded with and atheros boot up and did it through that quite compicated but in turn it works u could make a pc out of but that would take agggggggggggggggggggggggggggggges!!!!!!
I've seen several tests where they changed the HDD with an SSD and there was no difference in load times on a PS3. Changing a hard drive wouldn't result in a faster PS3, you'd need to actually clock the hardware somehow. Sony includes directions on how to DIY replace/install a new or larger HDD in your own PS3, so it's not too tough.
I basically scrapped this idea since my PS3 doesn't get that hot and I didn't want to carve it up. I also pondered the idea of having to buy watercooling hardware that would almost equal or be greater than the actual cost of the PS3 itself.
Still wouldn't add a significant amount of load, even if all were running. Remember that console hardware is typically 3+ years behind current-gen PC's and console vs. PC are different design architectures when it comes to data processing.
Not for me...I'm assuming this thread got revived by some random Google search. I'm likely not going to mess with it at this point as I could find other projects I would otherwise spend my time as a watercooling project. My oldest son plays the PS3 far more than I have over the past year and I'd rather not introduce some kind of quirky cooling that he'd have to deal with if there were ever an issue...maybe when he gets a bit older.
I'll go ahead and close this...if there is more interest, please open a new thread with current and relevant discussion.