PlayStation 3 Slim Teardown

Teardown

Teardown

Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

A first look inside Sony's dramatically redesigned, cooler, sleeker PlayStation 3 Slim! Also check out our PS3 Slim teardown video on YouTube!

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Edit Step 1 PlayStation 3 Slim Teardown  ¶ 

  • It's here! We got our dirty hands on a PS3 Slim a full day before it was set to arrive in the mail!

  • The box, just like the unit, is, well, slimmer.

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  • Along with the PS3 Slim you get:

    • Sixaxis DualShock 3 controller

    • RCA Cables

    • USB Cable

    • Power Cord

    • QuickStart Guide and Instruction Manual

    • Welcome to PS3 and PS Network Blu-ray Disc

    • One of those "Guide to Video Game Ratings" guides that nobody gives a [redacted] about.

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  • On the front left we have two USB ports, a hard drive indicator light, and a Wi-Fi indicator light.

  • Front right yields a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, power button, and eject button.

  • The back has a LAN connection, HDMI port, digital audio-out, multi-connector (RCA or component video) and a new type of power plug.

  • Owners of the current-gen PS3s will notice an absence of the rear manual power switch. All your powering needs are now served by the front power button.

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  • Now that we've dispensed with the pleasantries, let's get into the meat of the subject, so to speak.

  • We start with the hard drive first.

    • A blue Phillips screw is hidden beneath "the blue Phillips screw cover," as we call it. Remove this screw.

      • You can view this blue Phillips screw in all its glory if you'd like.

    • Next, remove the hard drive cover.

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  • The drive enclosure has a metal pull tab attached to it. Pull on it to release the drive from the bay.

  • The 120 GB Toshiba drive, in all its glory. We have a feeling that it's going to be super-easy to upgrade this drive to 500GB...

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  • Remove the three T8 security Torx screws on the underside of the PS3 slim.

  • What's that, you say? Security screws? Yes, that's right. These screws have a pin in the center of them that prevents an ordinary Torx screwdriver from working. These screwdrivers are widely available, just not quite as easy to come by as a normal Torx.

  • Sony did this to prevent people like us from taking it apart.

  • Those three T8 security Torx screws seem to be the only non-Phillips head fasteners on the entire device.

  • This seems a little spiteful-- hardware hacking is a fine American tradition. No worries, we'll make sure it's easy for you to get these screwdrivers.

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  • Seven Phillips screws need to be removed from the bottom.

  • Interestingly enough, the rubber pad on the front-right corner of the PS3 has no screw hidden underneath it. Imagine our surprise when we removed it!

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  • Flip the PS3 over.

  • Wait for it, wait for it...

  • MEGA FAN revealed!

  • This 12V, 1.3A monster rivals the best fans found in desktop PC machines. Sony spared no expense.

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  • Closeup of the massive fan and controller antennas.

  • This is a brushless DC motor, which is fairly standard for fans in devices like this. Brushless motors are quieter than more traditional fans, but require fine computer control to function. It is not a maglev fan like Apple is known to use, however.

  • The Bluetooth and WLAN antennas, intentionally three-dimensional in design, are attached to the lower case with Phillips screws.

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  • Disconnecting two power supply cables.

  • The AC inlet cable is devoid of a third 'ground' pin, surprising for a unit that draws nearly 250W.

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  • Removing the power supply. This is quite a bit smaller than the original PS3's power supply, and presumably has better thermal characteristics.

  • Much to the relief of users worldwide, the power supply is designed for inputs ranging from 100V to 240V AC.

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  • Digging a little deeper into the new power supply.

  • This is a startlingly compact unit. It will be interesting to see what the thermal dissipation is like.

  • This puppy cranks out 18 amps at 12V DC! Fingers beware.

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  • This is the largest fan we've come across in a consumer electronics device of this size.

  • Sony is really taking cooling quite seriously.

  • The ~95 mm diameter 17 blade impeller was definitely designed with quiet in mind. It is extremely stiff and presumably made of ABS plastic.

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  • Tape holding down antenna and power cables.

  • That tape is just begging to be ripped off.

  • We indulged.

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  • A tug at the plug, a twist of the screwdriver...

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  • ...and the Blu-ray drive comes right out.

  • This drive is still quite large, and takes up the bulk of the space inside the PS3.

  • We disassembled the drive, and found that it appears to be a proprietary Sony-manufactured part.

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  • More connectors and screws to unplug/unscrew.

  • The design aesthetic of this machine is quite a bit more bare-bones-functional than Apple's, but is still beautiful in its own way.

  • Several components, including the AC power inlet, are simply held to the unit by the pressure of the screws connecting the top and bottom cases.

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  • A few more screws, and the logic board lifts free of the chassis!

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  • Unscrewing several screws securing the EMI shield.

  • The two identical matte finished brackets in the first picture are designed to apply pressure to the center of the processors, keeping them firmly planted on their heat sinks.

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  • Separating the metal electromagnetic interference shield from the logic board.

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  • The whole [slim] enchilada!

  • Counterclockwise from the left:

    • Power supply, main board, hard drive, EMI shield, heat sink, fan, Blu-ray drive, controller, and plastic case.

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  • That's it for the disassembly, but we'll continue to post board photos and analysis as the information pours in.

  • The logic board. Sony's going green on the inside, to reflect their commitment to the environment. View HUGE version.

  • We've never seen cool snowflake-like patterns in the thermal paste after we removed a heat sink before. This may indicate that the thermal paste was overapplied or that it was not distributed evenly.

  • If you look closely at the thermal paste, you'll see it is a fractal!

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  • The Cell processor looks very spiffy under our lights.

  • We didn't think it was possible to synthesize reality, but the RSX chip (from an Acura?!) proves us wrong.

  • Chip labels: RSX Reality Synthesizer CXD2991EGB 0916HFZ 114477

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  • Multiple manufacturers, multiple functions. The first picture shows two of the four NEC/TOKIN 0e108 capacitors.

    • NEC/TOKIN Corporation creates "next-generation, value-added devices that integrate." Whatever that means.

    • High Speed Decoupling Device Proadlizer PF/A SeriesProadlizer PF/A Series.

  • Dual Elpida 512Mbit RAM chips (there are four total on the board).

  • The third picture shows, from left to right:

    • Marvell Ethernet controller

    • Panasonic HDMI controller

    • Sony AV multi-out controller

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  • But wait -- there's more!

  • Clock generators from left to right:

    • Clock generator (1): ICS 9249AGLF

    • Clock generator (2): ICS 1493DG

  • Samsung K8Q2815UQB-PI4B

  • SW2-301 0920KMOOT

  • Sony CXD9963G8

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  • We put the latest iPod Shuffle on top of the processor. The shuffle is just slightly longer, but the overall area of the processor is vastly larger.

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  • Roll call: all parts and pieces, assemble!

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Comments Comments are onturn off

ok this guy idrain is talkin bout rpms on a drive where can i find that ????? email me abcmjc@gmail.com

michael crump, · Reply

Just a question.. Where's the wifi card? And can I update it to the new wifi ac? Id love to have gigabit speeds on my Sony.

Xander Zoolander, · Reply

this was extremely helpful, I had to replace the 450aaa, shop cost $125.00, after finding the part on ebay (w/ebay credit) and doing it myself...26 cents!

jedimasta1, · Reply

If I bought a PS4 in the USA can I play UK DVDS and Bluray

Matty, · Reply

Hi, I am about to order a PS3 power Ribbon for mine because i have an issue that just started. When you turn it on, it cuts off and you have to keep turning it on over and over until it finally stays on. This is now all the time from being powered off and back on. It literally just started a few days ago. So after some research it looks like it could be the power/eject ribbon. My model number is CECH-2001A. In which picture is the ribbon that needs to be replaced? Is it 18? Thanks!

anthony, · Reply

Hello,

just a question for us importers,

This is a US bought PS3 slim 120gb, right?

Im asking to make sure that my PSU will also support 220v.

thanks.

eithan, · Reply

Quote from eithan:

Hello,

just a question for us importers,

This is a US bought PS3 slim 120gb, right?

Im asking to make sure that my PSU will also support 220v.

thanks.

Yes, and it will run on 220V.

Andrew Bookholt, · Reply

Quote from andrew:

Yes, and it will run on 220V.

Ok, I can finally say that a ps3 slim, bought in the US (says on the cover that it only supports 110v), is working on 220v.

I plugged it just now and it works!

thanks to you guys.

enjoy

eithan, · Reply

mentioned that although its written a 110 V but it supports 220V or in other words it got a universal power supply built in.i very hardly managed to buy a ps3 two months ago from USA.and brought back it back with me in here (Pakistan) here the voltage 220 V.

So i wanted to know that are u really really sure that it got a universal power supply and it ok plug it in directly in here???

Its Model Number is CECH-2001A

Plz plz help me out i cant afford to buy another one

frozenflame,

No modchip now success. this machine will be a flop unless someone finds a means to mod it.

Threedays, · Reply

Quote from eithan:

Ok, I can finally say that a ps3 slim, bought in the US (says on the cover that it only supports 110v), is working on 220v.

I plugged it just now and it works!

thanks to you guys.

enjoy

Thx for the precise answer, I had the same exact question and was wondering if the claims of a universal supply were for some other version of the PS3 slim. Arguably it would be sort of crazy for Sony to produce many different power supplies when a universal one would just work.

miguelito, · Reply

Quote from Threedays:

No modchip now success. this machine will be a flop unless someone finds a means to mod it.

Why would someone want to mod a console ? To help out piracy?

Alexandru, · Reply

Hi, I am from Fiji Islands. We use 240v here. My relative is getting the PS3 Slim for me from USA. So the PS3 slim will work here in Fiji with no problems rite??? or do i need a step up transformer to be sure?? thanks alot !!

Quote from miguelito:

Thx for the precise answer, I had the same exact question and was wondering if the claims of a universal supply were for some other version of the PS3 slim. Arguably it would be sort of crazy for Sony to produce many different power supplies when a universal one would just work.

jvsexy, · Reply

Quote from andrew:

Yes, and it will run on 220V.

Does the power unit above is same with the one inside the new PS3 sold in Japan? I plan to buy one in Tokyo and bring it home. My country uses 220v. Thank you for your help!

googoo123, · Reply

Do you know anything about the cracking noise that a lot of the slims are making? Many people say it's just the noise of the plastic heating up and expanding after you turn it on. Could this "expanding" cause something inside the ps3 to crack or break?

bkeller, · Reply

Quote from googoo123:

Does the power unit above is same with the one inside the new PS3 sold in Japan? I plan to buy one in Tokyo and bring it home. My country uses 220v. Thank you for your help!

I answer this myself. The unit I bought in Japan works just fine, Though at the back of the unit it is written 110v only!

googoo123, · Reply

Cara acabei de ligar meu play3 de marca americana que marca 120v no console, numa rede 220v,fiquei com muito medo mas tomei coragem e pluguei na tomada,ta funcionando com sucesso.Só que ele esquenta um pouco,mas acho que isso é normal.Vcs me ajudaram muito,posso dizer concerteza que o play 3 slim é bivolt!!!obrigado

ubirajara, · Reply

Just a quick question. Can you please look up when the console you took apart was made? It should state it on the bottom of the long sticker in step 8.

megaup987, · Reply

More detailed specs about all PS3 Version at

http://www.edepot.com/playstation3.html#...

mr5989, · Reply

It will work anywhere in the world. The main power supply in any PS3 console is UNIVERSAL.

Quote from frozenflame:

mentioned that although its written a 110 V but it supports 220V or in other words it got a universal power supply built in.i very hardly managed to buy a ps3 two months ago from USA.and brought back it back with me in here (Pakistan) here the voltage 220 V. So i wanted to know that are u really really sure that it got a universal power supply and it ok plug it in directly in here??? Its Model Number is CECH-2001A Plz plz help me out i cant afford to buy another one

jvsexy, · Reply

Quote from eithan:

Ok, I can finally say that a ps3 slim, bought in the US (says on the cover that it only supports 110v), is working on 220v.

I plugged it just now and it works!

thanks to you guys.

enjoy

What cable do you buy for 230v in europe? i bought the PS3 slim 120GB(model CECH-2001A) from Amazon and i'm stationed in europe.

Thanks

James, · Reply

Does anyone know about that blu-ray disc that came with the console? I bought a 250gb PS3 from wal-mart and there wasn't one in the package.

Nathan, · Reply

WOOOHHOOOOO...!!!everybody,hey i after doin too much research that ps3 had unniversal power supply..i couldnt risk loosing my console,So i finally opened my ps3 and found out its true...PS3 does have a universal voltage..its really true

frozenflame, · Reply

Quote from frozenflame:

WOOOHHOOOOO...!!!everybody,hey i after doin too much research that ps3 had unniversal power supply..i couldnt risk loosing my console,So i finally opened my ps3 and found out its true...PS3 does have a universal voltage..its really true

My console is a us slim ps3 (120 GB)

frozenflame, · Reply

Quote from Threedays:

No modchip now success. this machine will be a flop unless someone finds a means to mod it.

There really isn't much modding that can be done, it supports ripping games to the hard drive, it can browse the internet, the only reason I can see to mod it, would be to restore playability for PS2/PS1 games.

Chris Green, · Reply

WARNING--- DEPENDING ON YOUR PS3 MODEL, THE WIRES ARE DIFFERENTLY PLACED THEN TEARDOWN---WARNING

You have been warned.

tdogg daplaya, · Reply

Hi Guys! great site, thought I would check here before upgrading my PS3 HD to a 500GB. BUT, you guys have a 7200rpm HD linked in your steps, from what I have read, a 7200rpm HD can burn out your PS3 (or whatever the term is). 5400rpms seem to work fine, is there a way that you guys can confirm/dis-confirm that a 7200rpm drive can ruin your PS3? thanks for the great site!

ldrain, · Reply

I have the CECH-2001A and, though you could probably get by with a T8H for the security screws, it appears to actually be T9H.

Great teardown BTW! Maybe add a bit about opening the Blu-ray drive?

Jon Lochbihler, · Reply

there are 4 t8 security screws

warren, · Reply

That fan looks superb. Its just sexy.

katboi, · Reply

Hi All,

I have bought a PS3 slim 320GB model no. CECH-2501B from Gamestop USA and I want to know if it will work directly at 240 volts?

It says only 120 volts in the manual and aslo on the PS3 console.

Thanks,

Pls send me an email: ogie_chengdu@yahoo.com

Rogersfabro,

Hi Ifixt staff: I have a doubt about the new ps3 slim: Is this model presenting problems of overheating? with the fan that is inclued can the ps3 slim overheat? Greetings!

Snake, · Reply

that fan is actually not that big. it is smaller then the one in the old ps3 which is 120 mm

james42519, · Reply

Thanks guys! You can't imagine how useful it is to have this kind of info and validation.

edotan, · Reply

Hi all.

Does the slim need an external cooler fan or this one is good enough?

I've had the fat one and i bought an external fan as many people recommended to.

Thank you.

kobkob, · Reply

Quote from james42519:

that fan is actually not that big. it is smaller then the one in the old ps3 which is 120 mm

I don't think the size of the fan itself is what there referring to, i believe it is the size in relation to the device that it is in.

sp33dwagon, · Reply

anyone knows if PS3 80 GB CECHL01 has an universal power supply?

sanan magoi, · Reply

This is a great find, thank you for posting this article. I have the CECH-2001A (120GB Slim) and I will move to Beijing, China this year. I've been concerned about power matters from the PS3, to my computer and LCD monitors... et cetera.

From what I understand with all of this I simply have to get a new power cord for my PS3 then? :) China's voltage is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC.

Nathan, · Reply

I just realized I double posted by accident. I was still waking up this morning before I realized the comments are sectioned off >_<;

Nathan, · Reply

Read that the Slim would use under 100W during full load, why would the supply need that amperage ?

johndrinkwater, · Reply

You say the unit draws 250W, but it is far from that. Not even the power supply would allow that, its max. is 221W (18A@12V+0.9A@5.5V). The unit itself draws ~95W at max.! Just there is a large safety margin. (Not even the very first PS3 model drew more that 200W at max.)

power consumption datas

dezz, · Reply

Yes it is indeed a universal Powersupply. Picked the 250GB version from Amazon USA. It works perfectly in India. All you need to do is to change the power cable.

In India, you can ask for a good taperecorder cable in any electronics shop. This cable will do the job.

Fameleaf, · Reply

Quote from Fameleaf:

Yes it is indeed a universal Powersupply. Picked the 250GB version from Amazon USA. It works perfectly in India. All you need to do is to change the power cable.

In India, you can ask for a good taperecorder cable in any electronics shop. This cable will do the job.

MODEL # I use is CECH-2001B.

Additional ref:

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3326 shows the PSU model number (EADP-220BB)

The above PSU is certified as 100-240 V ac by Underwriters Lab (UL).

http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/templ...

http://www.google.co.in/search?rlz=1C1CH...

Hope this helps :)

Fameleaf, · Reply

More on the power supply:

Does it say on the outer (on the PS3 unit) label that the input voltage rating is 100-240?

fergie, · Reply

Hi Guys, After reading through, I tested the PS3 slim at Malaysia. It works!! It works!!!

For second opinion,

I refer to this site for the serial number of the power supply

http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/templ...

xcalibur7th, · Reply

Quote from xcalibur7th:

Hi Guys, After reading through, I tested the PS3 slim at Malaysia. It works!! It works!!!

For second opinion,

I refer to this site for the serial number of the power supply

http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/templ...

xcalibur7th, where did u get your ps3 slim, the US?

and what is the power supply in Malysia?

just trying to make sure i got this post right and I can plug my US bought ps3 slim in a 220v socket.

much appreciated.

thanks

eithan, · Reply

By any chance... Do anyone know for sure if the PS3 Limited Edition Metal Gear Solid(the one that can read the PS2 games) has the power supply designed for inputs ranging from 100V to 240V AC ??? I have the USA version but Im living now on Europe and nobody has give me a clear answer yet.

Yupe, · Reply

I got an PS3 slim from US, Model CECH 2001A. Though the label on the body says power supply needed is 110V only, works fine in 220V. I tried and it worked fine in India in 220V.

Arup, · Reply

I'm from india , i recently bought a ps2 slim 250gb CECH-2001B from the US and am succesful in playing it in india. I connected to the 220v plug using an older ps2 220-240v cable. No step down transformer is needed. Am using a power strip with fuse for protection.

mica, · Reply

Quote from mica:

I'm from india , i recently bought a ps3 slim 250gb CECH-2001B from the US and am succesful in playing it in india. I connected to the 220v plug using an older ps2 220-240v cable. No step down transformer is needed. Am using a power strip with fuse for protection.

mica, · Reply

Hi All,

I have bought a PS3 slim 320GB model no. CECH-2501B from Gamestop USA and I want to know if it will work directly at 240 volts? It says only 120 volts in the manual and aslo on the PS3 console.

Thanks,

Pls send me an email: ogie_chengdu@yahoo.com

Rogersfabro,

Use a 5A kettle cord , the ps2 power cord is 2.5A ~250v , it will heat up. Buy a power cord with 5A ~250v (5A kettle cord with fuse) and use it on a US ps3 slim, it will not heat up.

mica, · Reply

Quote from mica:

Use a 5A kettle cord , the ps2 power cord is 2.5A ~250v , it will heat up. Buy a power cord with 5A ~250v (5A kettle cord with fuse) and use it on a US ps3 slim, it will not heat up.

oh and also where can i get this 5A kettle cord??

pbang, · Reply

IM VERY NERVOUS I HAVE A PSOP3 SLIM BOUGHT IN usa LAST WEEK I AM IN AUSTRALIA, WE HAVE 240V 60HZ........SHOULD I BE NERVOUS!! OR IS IT OK TO USE THE US PSP3 THAT SAYS ON THE STICKER ON CONSOLE 120V 60HZ

JON, · Reply

Quote from pbang:

oh and also where can i get this 5A kettle cord??

Did you have any luck finding a 5A kettle cord? i bought a PS3 Slim 120gb(CECHs2001A) from amazon. i live in germany and would like to hook it up to 220v.

James, · Reply

This is a great find, thank you for posting this article. I have the CECH-2001A (120GB Slim) and I will move to Beijing, China this year. I've been concerned about power matters from the PS3, to my computer and LCD monitors... et cetera.

From what I understand with all of this I simply have to get a new power cord for my PS3 then? :) China's voltage is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC.

Nathan, · Reply

I live in Argentina and was wondering if i could use my ps3slim 250gb that i bought in the us with an adapter NOT A TRANSFORMER cause the sockets here are different instead of buying a new power cord that would match the socket here.Or does it only work with the power cord from my region.220w in Argentina

carlos, · Reply

Quote from carlos:

I live in Argentina and was wondering if i could use my ps3slim 250gb that i bought in the us with an adapter NOT A TRANSFORMER cause the sockets here are different instead of buying a new power cord that would match the socket here.Or does it only work with the power cord from my region.220w in Argentina

Yes, it will work with a new power cord. Please read the other notes on the teardown, as this question has been answered at least ten times already.

Andrew Bookholt, · Reply

Can you please confirm if this can work on 240Volts~AC

Kalyan, · Reply

Can anyone confirm if the PSU is universal like all the previous PS3 models?

Mobe1969, · Reply

Please please have a deeper look at the PSU and see if it works with 220/240V. I know it says 110/120V on the back, but the PSU might support 240V too. There is a big pricedifference from US to eg. Denmark so I would consider bringing one home on my next trip to the US if this will work. Thank you :)

hansbe, · Reply

Quote from hansbe:

Please please have a deeper look at the PSU and see if it works with 220/240V. I know it says 110/120V on the back, but the PSU might support 240V too. There is a big pricedifference from US to eg. Denmark so I would consider bringing one home on my next trip to the US if this will work. Thank you :)

yes.. i want know this too. Is a universal power supply like te ones in PS3 phat?

Can yo take a closer picture on te PSU specs

jriquelme, · Reply

Quote from jriquelme:

yes.. i want know this too. Is a universal power supply like te ones in PS3 phat?

Can yo take a closer picture on te PSU specs

To all those who asked, it is universal! I added a picture of the power input specifications to step 12. Game on!

Andrew Bookholt, · Reply

Quote from andrew:

To all those who asked, it is universal! I added a picture of the power input specifications to step 12. Game on!

Just to add to Andrew's post:

The power supply can accept a 240V AC input. Here's the hi-res version of the power supply specifications picture.

Miroslav Djuric, · Reply

Now there's a new PlayStation 3 Slim with a 250GB hard drive. I know you've done the 120GB teardown, and found that it has a universal power supply. Does this hold true for the new 250GB? I work for Uncle Sam overseas and want to ensure it'll work if I plug it into the wall as is. Sure, I could use a step-down transformer, which would change the voltage from 220-240v to 110v, but it would do nothing to step-up the 50Hz current coming out of the wall to the 60Hz one in the U.S... and that could spell disaster for anything with a disk drive.

According to the PlayStation official website: http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...

Schmendrik,

Quote from andrew:

To all those who asked, it is universal! I added a picture of the power input specifications to step 12. Game on!

Yeeeeeah!!! Thanks very much for the fast reply. Btw, im form Paraguay-South America... and im waiting for my PS3 Slimmer from amazon.

Thanks again

jriquelme, · Reply

Quote from miro:

Just to add to Andrew's post:

The power supply can accept a 240V AC input. Here's the hi-res version of the power supply specifications picture.

Man, I love you guys. I mean it!

Mobe1969, · Reply

Quote from andrew:

To all those who asked, it is universal! I added a picture of the power input specifications to step 12. Game on!

This news is just three kinds of awesome! Thanks, guys!

jpm, · Reply

Quote from miro:

Just to add to Andrew's post:

The power supply can accept a 240V AC input. Here's the hi-res version of the power supply specifications picture.

Thanks for posting that Hi-Res Pic.. We are all happy. You guys are awesome

Kalyan, · Reply

What about Japanese PS3 slim ? Does anybody know if it works on 240V ?

Anonpkmn, · Reply

I've read that the US version works on 220/240V but anyone know about the Japanese version CECH2000A - the case says "100V @ 2.5 50/60 Hz".

Beachnut, · Reply

Quote from Beachnut:

I've read that the US version works on 220/240V but anyone know about the Japanese version CECH2000A - the case says "100V @ 2.5 50/60 Hz".

I bought my Slim in Japan, and as I'll be moving back to Europe soon, I tried looking for that info on Japanese sites. This is what came up:

http://pocketnews.cocolog-nifty.com/pkns...

If you scroll down a bit you can see pictures of the power supply. Obviously the serial number is the same as with the US version and it also clearly says "100-240V". Hope that helped!

cloud84, · Reply

This certainly helped a lot as I bought my PS3 in Akihabara and brought back home to the Philippines (220v country).

Many thanks!

Verbl,

cloud84, that's reassuring if it is the Japanese version pictured. The US version is CECH2001A.

Beachnut, · Reply

I just bought the ps3 slim from USA. It says its a 120V~2.1A 60Hz. Will this work in Europe where there is 220V ? Its a CECH2001A model. If no then where can i get a slim with 110-220V?

Kunal, · Reply

Hi, I am from Fiji Islands. We use 240v here. My relative is getting the PS3 Slim for me from USA. So the PS3 slim will work here in Fiji with no problems rite??? or do i need a step up transformer to be sure?? thanks alot !!

jvsexy, · Reply

Is there any chance we can get a higher res photo of the power board PCB and maybe even a top down so we can see the floor plan?

thanks!

bayareagnar, · Reply

Quote from jvsexy:

Hi, I am from Fiji Islands. We use 240v here. My relative is getting the PS3 Slim for me from USA. So the PS3 slim will work here in Fiji with no problems rite??? or do i need a step up transformer to be sure?? thanks alot !!

Hi,i just got my PS3 Slim yesterday & with a sense of suspense & fright, i plugged it in my home socket (220v)..then i turned it on...one small red standy mode appeared on the PS3s power button...then i pushed the power button !!!!!!!!!!

ITS WORKING PERFECTLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now i can finally play Metal Gear Solid 4 !!!!

:)

jvsexy, · Reply

Quote from Beachnut:

I've read that the US version works on 220/240V but anyone know about the Japanese version CECH2000A - the case says "100V @ 2.5 50/60 Hz".

Guys,

Bought my PS3 Slim 7 days ago through Amazon. Model CECH2000A on it. It says it is 120V only, but works perfect with 220V in Israel. Only replaced the cable who just doesn't fit the wall. As simple as that. Sony just lies about it.

ronenl, · Reply

okay so obviously according to this site and most people here it works aboard in countries with higher voltage. But what about prolonged usage. has it given anyone any problems?

pbang, · Reply

Quote from Schmendrik:

Now there's a new PlayStation 3 Slim with a 250GB hard drive. I know you've done the 120GB teardown, and found that it has a universal power supply. Does this hold true for the new 250GB? I work for Uncle Sam overseas and want to ensure it'll work if I plug it into the wall as is. Sure, I could use a step-down transformer, which would change the voltage from 220-240v to 110v, but it would do nothing to step-up the 50Hz current coming out of the wall to the 60Hz one in the U.S... and that could spell disaster for anything with a disk drive.

According to the PlayStation official website: http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...

250GB (CECH-2001B) one also has a universal power supply. Had no issues connecting it to 240 volts in India. One has to use a Indian cable (tape recorder cable or a sony cybershot camera ac cable etc o Indian make).

Fameleaf, · Reply

Lots of people asking about US to Europe but what about the other way around? If I have a UK brought PS3 phat (40GB) and PS3 Slim (120GB) would these both work with a change of kettle lead or would I need a step up/down convertor?

Sadsurfer, · Reply

I am about to buy PS3 250GB in US in an hour and bring it to India with me. Are there any issues about playing Blue-Ray disks or Play Station games which I buy from India?

Vinod, · Reply

Quote from Schmendrik:

Now there's a new PlayStation 3 Slim with a 250GB hard drive. I know you've done the 120GB teardown, and found that it has a universal power supply. Does this hold true for the new 250GB? I work for Uncle Sam overseas and want to ensure it'll work if I plug it into the wall as is. Sure, I could use a step-down transformer, which would change the voltage from 220-240v to 110v, but it would do nothing to step-up the 50Hz current coming out of the wall to the 60Hz one in the U.S... and that could spell disaster for anything with a disk drive.

According to the PlayStation official website: http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...

All electronics work ONLY in DC and not AC that's what the power suppy is for , to convert AC to DC . DC does not have any frequency , so the input freq of 50 or 60 hz is immaterial

arnab221, · Reply

Hi All,

I have bought a PS3 slim 320GB model no. CECH-2501B from Gamestop USA on March 2011. It says only 120 volts in the manual and aslo on the PS3 console. I plug my PS3 directly to 220v here in my country (Philippines) and it work great. No step down transformer or adapter.

Thanks to this forum.

Rogersfabro,

Is the lens on the Blu-ray drive exact as on previous versions?

I have already replaced it twice on my 80GB PS3

afrangel, · Reply

Whats the cr2032 battery for? Does ever need to be replaced?

Jake1y, · Reply

Quote from Jake1y:

Whats the cr2032 battery for? Does ever need to be replaced?

It's to keep the system's internal clock running. It should be replaced when it runs out, but that will probably take years to do (and even if you don't, the lack of a clock isn't so bad).

maui boy no ka oi, · Reply

Hello i bought the PS3 Slim 120GB and it says on the PS3 back that it supports 120V~2.1A - 60Hz i live in Israel and the power supply here is 220v i i have a converter that have a Fuse Protection Input: 220 or 110 AC 50W Output: 110 or 220 AC 50/60Hz can i use it in Israel with that? and i saw that u said that i only need to change the power cord and it will work in 220v, are you sure that its right?? couse people told me that if i'll do that with 220v cord the muchine can blow up

Iredel, · Reply

What interface does the drive use? SATA, or a proprietary connection?

Chris Green, · Reply

I wouldn't want to have to change that CR2032 battery! At least it's not soldered to the board...

surfsmurf, · Reply

Why do they not use silver paste

ryan1909, · Reply

I am thinking it's a good thing you took it apart as this creates the perfect opportunity to do a better thermal paste application.

miniskunk, · Reply

Oh, it would appear from the motherboard that we won't be seeing a slim with more than 2 USB ports in the future (I was hoping the rumoured 250Gb version would have more than 2). Very frustrating - my 60Gb has 4.... so I am not sure if I should 'upgrade'....

Xenicus, · Reply

That is Beautiful. Do you have a picture from a better angle? Like the one of the RSX.

katboi, · Reply

Quote from katboi:

That is Beautiful. Do you have a picture from a better angle? Like the one of the RSX.

Unfortunately, the laser etching on the face of the cell processor is nearly invisible when viewed straight-on like in the RSX picture. We had a hard enough time making the text visible on the shot we have (notice the reflection on the board).

Andrew Bookholt, · Reply

I want know,Cell still use 7 SPE or by advantage of 45nm use 8 SPE.

razin, · Reply

Quote from razin:

I want know,Cell still use 7 SPE or by advantage of 45nm use 8 SPE.

I'm going to guess it still uses seven, it may only have seven SPE on die this time though. Adding a couple additional features on a new version of an older console has a habit of making owners of the older version angry. It would result in developers having to add additional time for development on games for each console version, another non-starter.

BTW, where are the GDDR3 chips that should be present near the RSX?

MeltedRabbit, · Reply

Interesting how the chip is labelled 'Reality Synthesizer'

IIRC the equivalent chip on the PS2 was labelled 'Emotion Engine' I always figured that was what made my PS2 so temporomental :P (ok so I never had a PS2, but you get my point)

HalTheHacker, · Reply

How is the RSX Reality synthesizer from Acura? I don't see any other brand than Sony on it.

Peter Nguyen, · Reply

Do the Dual Elpida 512Mbit RAM chips (X2) means it has 2Gb RAM??????

Raoul, · Reply

Quote from Raoul:

Do the Dual Elpida 512Mbit RAM chips (X2) means it has 2Gb RAM??????

512 megaBITs x 4 = 2 gigaBITs / 8 = 256 megabytes.

jse, · Reply

Quote from jse:

512 megaBITs x 4 = 2 gigaBITs / 8 = 256 megabytes.

That sounds correct. The PS3 has a split memory architecture that uses 256 MB of main memory (close to the Cell), and 256 MB of local memory (close to the RSX).

kutaragi, · Reply

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gig12345, · Reply

hi got a ps3 slim 250gb very neat but looking at your site inside it makes me very nerves now because its compact and builts a lot of heat but it pops and bursts sometimes rellly loud so im hoping its nothing to worry about but go figure first time i dont get the extended warranty

charles, · Reply

Does the finding of a Samsung K8Q2815UQB-PI4B flash chip mean that the new PS3 Slim only has 16MB of flash memory?

Otonashi, · Reply

Mac Humor? I don't get it.

katboi, · Reply

Quote from katboi:

Mac Humor? I don't get it.

I'm a Mac user, and neither do I.

What is that Apple thing? A USB pen?

Sisee, · Reply

Sorry, the text was ambiguous. We were trying to show the relative size of an iPod Shuffle. I updated the text.

Kyle Wiens, · Reply

Quote from Sisee:

I'm a Mac user, and neither do I.

What is that Apple thing? A USB pen?

It's an iPod shuffle displayed for scale. Are all Apple users that obtuse?

Yorgi, · Reply

Quote from Yorgi:

It's an iPod shuffle displayed for scale. Are all Apple users that obtuse?

Not really. I have no interest in the shuffle and haven't seen the new model much, so I didn't recognize it.

Surely a coin, a key or some other every day item would have been better for a size comparison.

Sisee, · Reply

hi... im a hardware enthusiast... did thing like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahw8UsJ56...

and like this on my forum in Paraguay...

http://www.miplaystation.com/foro/viewto...

I want to know... the PS3 slimmer versio has universal power supply like the phat ps3? (100 to 240v)

jriquelme, · Reply

Quote from jriquelme:

I want to know... the PS3 slimmer versio has universal power supply like the phat ps3? (100 to 240v)

Same here!

azimzaim, · Reply

Quote from azimzaim:

Same here!

It does check out the first few steps where they unpack the PSU

jsz, · Reply

Quote from jsz:

It does check out the first few steps where they unpack the PSU

Step 12

jsz, · Reply

It's kind of pointless to do a scale comparison on that, because the actual chip is not visible. The actual chip is much smaller and what you are seeing is just a heat spreader (which is not silicon BTW) on top of the Cell chip and RSX. The Cell processor in this Slim is manufactured with the 45nm process and is 115mm2 in size. A tech site should know when looking at a huge thing like that heat spreader, that it's not an actual chip. A silicon chip of that size would cost enormously.

DrEvil, · Reply

Quote from DrEvil:

It's kind of pointless to do a scale comparison on that, because the actual chip is not visible. The actual chip is much smaller and what you are seeing is just a heat spreader (which is not silicon BTW) on top of the Cell chip and RSX. The Cell processor in this Slim is manufactured with the 45nm process and is 115mm2 in size. A tech site should know when looking at a huge thing like that heat spreader, that it's not an actual chip. A silicon chip of that size would cost enormously.

:A wise-&$$ like you should know that "cost enormously" is grammatically incorrect.

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