We have just taken apart the new PlayStation 3 Slim!
Sony clearly took cooling very seriously with this machine, which is quite easy to take apart but requires special security-bit Torx screwdrivers to dismantle.
We made a video of the result as well. Feel free to check it out on YouTube!
Highlights from the teardown:
* Sony stuck with a lot of the same chip manufacturers as the original PlayStation 3. We were expecting them to shift suppliers more, especially with commodity components like Apple has done.
* The upgraded 120 GB drive is a Toshiba-manufactured, 5400 RPM standard notebook SATA drive.
* The interior of the device is dominated by the fan, heatsink, and desktop computer-sized Blu-ray drive.
* The fan is an innovative design, with a massive 95mm diameter and whopping 17 blades!
* Sony used a Marvell Ethernet controller, Panasonic HDMI controller, and their own Sony-branded AV multi-out controller.
* The design aesthetic of this machine is a bit more bare-bones-functional than Apple’s, but is still beautiful in its own way.
* It’s evident that Sony’s chief design focus was effective heat dissipation. Sony used a large piece of custom molded plastic to route air from the fan over the heatsink. Time will tell how successful they were.
* This PS3 feels quite rugged. The plastic is stiff and high-quality, and the machine is very easy to service once you have the right Torx screwdriver.
Some pictures from the teardown: