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DISASSEMBLED: Sony's PS3 Slim

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 46 comments

Where's the fun in having something new and shiny if you don't know what your latest gadget looks like on the inside?

Those of you waiting on a PS3 Slim probably haven’t gotten your brand new toy yet and so, have nothing to play with or tear apart. Until then, here's some nice pictures of the device torn asunder and laid out on the operating table for your viewing pleasure.

Our kind friends at Rapid Repair emailed us earlier to let us know they were planning a disassembly as soon as they got their hands on the device. Fast-forward a few hours and the lovely Maya let us know that they had gotten their PS3 Slim early. Check out the pictures of their disassembly below! For the full gallery and step by step instructions on how to find your way around the inside of Sony's latest console, click here.

 

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    08nwsula , August 26, 2009 3:46 AM
    at least the 360 comes with an self-destruct feature, you have to manually destroy the ps3. crappy playstation.
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    crisisavatar , August 26, 2009 3:29 AM
    cool o.O
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2009 3:38 AM
    where the heatsinks for the cpu?
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    08nwsula , August 26, 2009 3:46 AM
    at least the 360 comes with an self-destruct feature, you have to manually destroy the ps3. crappy playstation.
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    hunter315 , August 26, 2009 3:47 AM
    Looks like someone just voided their warranty!

    Its rather impressive how much they managed to shove in there, im curious if its going to have overheating issues with that much shoved it and not much space for airflow, only time will tell.
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    fonzy , August 26, 2009 3:53 AM
    I thought the Cell processor would much smaller, especially the 45nm.
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    hotsacoman , August 26, 2009 3:54 AM
    a70lwhere the heatsinks for the cpu?


    Last picture, bottom left. This is exactly the design most laptops use, most of the ones I've opened anyway.
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    OwinC , August 26, 2009 3:55 AM
    Well sense the kids have taken it apart. It is left to the grownups to put it all back together again.
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    festerovic , August 26, 2009 4:37 AM
    ALMOST looks small enough to fit in a laptop..
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    megamanx00 , August 26, 2009 4:42 AM
    The packaging of the Cell and RSX is still the same but it would be interesting to compare them to their previous versions with the heat spreader removed. At least that heatsink is a heck of alot smaller now :D .
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    ravenware , August 26, 2009 4:48 AM
    a70lwhere the heatsinks for the cpu?

    It uses a blower fan design with a shroud.
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    belardo , August 26, 2009 4:57 AM
    The chips are small, you're looking at a large heat-spreader.

    Even on the inside, it has a fancy SONY logo on the cooling duct ;) 

    This is a very elegant design... over the original PS3. Far simpler than the 360.

    Curious... how easy it is to replace/upgrade the Hard Drive. With the PS3-ORG being an access panel. The big photos of PS3-Slim shows what LOOKS like an access panel for the HD (and its in the right place compared to the internal photos) - on this article, it doesn't seem to work that way. There is a screw that holds the HD cage in place, preventing an easy access panel from working. But that screw could be optional.
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    redgarl , August 26, 2009 5:08 AM
    Really impressive to see so little stuff on the PCB... really interesting. Now, I understand why Sony made the new design and it is clear why they are saving a lot of money.
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    xophaser , August 26, 2009 7:15 AM
    i always though the cell chip was a bunch of smaller chips floating around on a motherboard.
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    dacian_herbei , August 26, 2009 8:40 AM
    put some photos side by side of current CPU and GPU and old CPU and GPU.
    actually I think someone has already asked this.
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    amnotanoobie , August 26, 2009 10:43 AM
    Now I'm waiting for what Ben Heck could do with the PS3 Slim.
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    ryokinshin , August 26, 2009 10:56 AM
    redgarlReally impressive to see so little stuff on the PCB... really interesting. Now, I understand why Sony made the new design and it is clear why they are saving a lot of money.


    Easy access hdd panel on the front vs fat PS3 with is on the back. Always had user replaceable hdd unlike the mess of an upgrade system MS has.
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    ryokinshin , August 26, 2009 10:56 AM
    redgarlReally impressive to see so little stuff on the PCB... really interesting. Now, I understand why Sony made the new design and it is clear why they are saving a lot of money.


    Quoted wrong person lmao.
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    ryokinshin , August 26, 2009 10:57 AM
    BelardoThe chips are small, you're looking at a large heat-spreader.Even on the inside, it has a fancy SONY logo on the cooling duct This is a very elegant design... over the original PS3. Far simpler than the 360. Curious... how easy it is to replace/upgrade the Hard Drive. With the PS3-ORG being an access panel. The big photos of PS3-Slim shows what LOOKS like an access panel for the HD (and its in the right place compared to the internal photos) - on this article, it doesn't seem to work that way. There is a screw that holds the HD cage in place, preventing an easy access panel from working. But that screw could be optional.


    Did it twice........
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    viometrix , August 26, 2009 11:53 AM
    i still prefer the older fat brother.... i like the looks better, and mine is nicely modded
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    Zenthar , August 26, 2009 12:32 PM
    For those wondering, the HDD is rather easy to access, see this video.
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