Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/26/ifixit_ps3_slim/

PS3 Slim unscrewed

iFixit takes latest console to bits

By James Sherwood

Posted in Games, 26th August 2009 10:07 GMT

As postal services the world over prepare for an flood of PlayStation 3 Slim deliveries, the guys at iFixit.com have already taken a screwdriver to Sony’s latest console.

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iFixit took the PS3 Slim to bits

Sony’s chief design focus for the PS3 Slim was more effective heat dissipation, iFixit concluded after taking the Slim to bits.

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One for the fans

To achieve this, Sony used a large piece of custom-moulded plastic to route air from the console’s fan to its heatsink. The fan, iFixit discovered, has a “massive” 95mm diameter and employs a “whopping” 17 blades.

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The cooling assembly minus fan

The console’s interior is dominated by the fan, heatsink and a “desktop computer-sized” Blu-ray drive, iFixit added.

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The Blu-ray box

In terms of technical features, little else has changed between the two models, iFixit noted. For example, the console teardown revealed that Sony stuck with many of the same chip manufacturers in the PS3 Slim that it worked with for the original model.

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The HDD is easy to swap

A 120GB, 5400rpm Toshiba Sata hard drive is installed into the PS3 Slim, but Sony installed its own AV multi-out controller. The electronics giant turned to Marvell for the redesigned console’s Ethernet controller and to Panasonic for the PS3's HDMI controller.

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The motherboard in all its glory

Most gamers probably aren’t planning on taking their PS3 Slims to pieces, so if aesthetics are more your thing then it’s worth noting that iFixit also concluded that the console’s plastic body is rigid and of high quality.

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The revamped Cell CPU

However, if you are thinking of dismantling your PS3 Slim, then iFixit has helpfully laid out the entire process online. ®