Introduction

Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3's heat sink. Before reattaching the heat sink, it is essential to apply a new layer of thermal paste.

Image 1/2: The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

  • The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.

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  • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

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  • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

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  • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

That small metal bracket/socket set up looks completely different in the ps3 I'm working on. Model: CECHK01.

Any suggestions?

Marcus - Reply

Image 1/1: Six 52 mm Phillips screws
  • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

2 more smaller screws (don't know what size...small) just below the top middle screw and top right screw (in the picture). Look for the arrows...

E Goo - Reply

after you remove the screws, you may have to push a tab to take the cover off if you meet resistance on one side of the cover. Here is a link to a video that explains it, saved me lots of trouble:

http://youtu.be/jZgekNsRB-A?t=1m54s

ericksi33 - Reply

Thanks @ericksi33, this really helped me out.

hogurt -

1st attempt, fan loud. Ps3 lasted about 2 wks. 2nd attempt noticed very poor contact between heatsink & cpu,gpu when taking it apart. Research - Found a better way to apply thermal past. I personally disapprove of guide on this. A small bit about the size of a grain of rice in center of cpu is plenty. Clamp the heat sinks back on. Then take it apart & check contact area. Thermal paste should have spread to about the size of a quarter.(more is better. Less then a nickel size is poor contact) possibly weak clamps. Carefully applied pressure onto the cpu & gpu, pressing them into the heatsinks before clamping heatsink clamps on. Achieved greater then quarter sized thermal past spread. Fan silent in comparison & ps3 lasted about a yr. Rarely did I ever hear the fan go to high and get loud after that. About to begin my third fix on this same ps3. One of the first 80g backwards compatible. other then those notes and that this guide was for a different model ps3 (minor differences) I liked this guide. easy to follow.

brettgomes - Reply

Although the battery is described as proprietary, it looks like it is the common CR2032 lithium coin battery that is used in calculators and some computers. I haven't had to replace mine but I suspect under the heatshrink cover is a battery holder which will allow the coin battery to be removed and replaced. Then wrap with electrical tape and reinstall.

RickP - Reply

I tried this with the heatgun and it ruined my PS3. The CPU and GPU are NOW RUINED!!! It did not work for and made things worst!!! I sent it to a place to get reballed and they said the HEATGUN had overheated my processor and killed them!!! So think twice about doing this. Just because it is already broken, DON'T THINK YOU CAN'T MAKE IT WORST!

georgehollyoh - Reply

Why would you try it with a heat gun, no were is it mentioned to do that

Phillip Pereira -

There are 2 additional screws to remove , front center and front left , just behind the already marked screws.

mikentc90 - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the top cover.
  • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

  • Remove the top cover.

Disconnect the memory card ribbon cable.

Tobias Stockmann - Reply

The top would hardly budge on the left back corner and was stuck on the right back corner. There is a plastic hook that needs to be unfastened to lift the top off. It is located in a hole on the top back corner on the right hand side, so the corner straight across the on off button. Just gently push the plastic hook a bit front the rear of the machine with a spudger. It gives easily and the top will be free to lift off after that.

cornellg - Reply

Image 1/1: Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.
  • Disconnect the Blu-ray power cable from the motherboard.

  • Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

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  • Lift the Blu-ray drive from the edge nearest the power supply and rotate it away from the chassis enough to access its ribbon cable.

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Image 1/3: Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself.
  • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

  • If replacing the Blu-ray drive, transfer the power cable to your new drive.

Not all systems look like this, some have tape instead of the flap.

gatewaynomad - Reply

Every system that I have seen has had the ZIF connector, while some had tape over the connection as well. If your connectors are taped, be sure to remove the tape, then proceed with undoing the ZIF connector.

Brett Hartt -

The version 2 systems baseboard PCB started switching to the new narrow 24 pin ZIF header/ribbon and Blu-Ray drive connection.

You should not attempt to detach the taped ribbon cable from the drive end first as described above for the older wide 60 pin ribbons. You must remove the drive and ribbon as one unit to protect the fragile ZIF sockets.

The slimmer fragile ribbon is taped to the drive housing to afford a more secure ZIF connection. The opposite base connection is slightly under the PSU.

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shadetree - Reply

From continued

One should firstly remove the PSU: Disconnect the drive power cable as described above. Unscrew the 5 (3-P1 2-P2) PSU mounting screws. Now leaving the power cables attached, lift the PSU off the power baseboard PCB pins and move over slightly to access the baseboard drive cable end ZIF. Release the ZIF latch and slide the entire (drive and ribbon) strait away from the baseboard ZIF to disconnect.

After the complete drive/ribbon removal, you can carefully remove the restraining tape on the bottom of the drive to release the ribbon ZIF, then remove the 24 pin ribbon from the drive logic PCB.

Install in reverse order making sure to add new tape to secure the ribbon to the drive.

shadetree - Reply

I needed to remove the PSO completely to reach the baseboard drive cable end ZIF. To do that disconnect the power and data (I assume) cables and then pull the unit straight up. To longish prongs are heading straight up into it from the baseboard and it is a bit tight, so gently pull until it's clear.

cornellg -

If you are replacing the Blu-ray drive, you must use the same daughterboard that came with your PlayStation 3. The daughterboard is paired to the motherboard, and the Blu-ray drive will not work with a different board. -------------- I understand however my daughterboard is not on the bottom of the blu-ray drive it must be on the inside. Is there any advice out there on how I go about doing this as I am not sure what I am doing???? If someone could post a link or any tips it would be greatly appreciated.

jimmy - Reply

When I received my new drive there was a sheet that said you could keep the old boards but you have to 'flash' them with the ps3's digital information. Currently trying to figure out how.....

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  • Pull the control board ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

Some PS3 versions do not have a separate control board, since the buttons and LEDS are located on the motherboard (for example, in my PS3 model CECHG04). In this case steps 10, 11 and 13 are not applicable.

markp - Reply

Image 1/2: Remove the control board and its attached cable from the PS3.
  • Remove the two 12 mm Phillips screws securing the control board to the lower case.

  • Remove the control board and its attached cable from the PS3.

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Image 1/1: Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)
  • Remove the following eight screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

    • Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

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  • Remove the control board bracket.

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Image 1/2: Remove the hard drive bay cover.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive bay cover away from the lower case.

  • Remove the hard drive bay cover.

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  • Lift the motherboard assembly out of the lower case.

My Ps3 was a little different..

The rear backing plate is connected to the fan shroud beneath the unit that is screwed into the bottom of the case.. And these large chrome pieces attatched to the fan were stuck to the tray that the board is on. Came a part pretty rough, guessing the ps3 got so hot it turned the grease into glue lol

intotec239 - Reply

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  • Remove the 7.7 mm Phillips screw securing the ground strap to the chassis.

On my PS3 the ground wire(green/yellow) was actually routed under the bolt for the power supply, so I had to remove the power supply before I could removed the AC inlet

jorgebustos2254 - Reply

Image 1/2: While depressing its locking mechanism, pull the AC-In connector out of its socket on the power supply.
  • Pull the AC-In cables slightly away from the rear cover for clearance to access the AC-In connector.

  • While depressing its locking mechanism, pull the AC-In connector out of its socket on the power supply.

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  • Pull the AC inlet out from the bottom of the rear cover, minding any of its cables that may get caught.

I had to loosen the two screws on the perforated cover to get the ground wire out.

asciimo - Reply

Had to remove 2 screws (the top 2 screws marked in step 25) to get the ground cable out.

deuxphoria - Reply

Like @asciimo and @deuxphoria, I had to loosen the same two screws to get the ground wire out. When you're putting the PS3 back together and you're doing the steps in reverse, it helps to leave those two screws unscrewed during Step 25 and wait until you put the AC inlet back in Step 18.

hogurt - Reply

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  • While lightly pulling the rear cover away from the logic board assembly, use the flat end of a spudger to release the clips along the top and bottom edges of the rear cover.

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  • Remove the rear cover from the logic board assembly.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the fan from the motherboard.
  • De-route the fan cables from the plastic finger molded into the heat sink.

  • Disconnect the fan from the motherboard.

  • Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

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  • Remove the two 9 mm Phillips screws securing the memory card reader to the chassis.

Only the very first release of the PS3 used to have the memory card reader. Most recent models do not have it (such as my PS3 model CECHG04). In this case just skip steps 22 and 23.

markp - Reply

Image 1/2: Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.
  • Lift the memory card reader out of the PS3 enough to access its ribbon cable.

  • Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket and remove the memory card reader.

I have a CECHA01 and the card reader is attached to the top cover. Per comments at step 5, the 2 screws mentioned at step 22 are removed at step 5. The ribbon cable mentioned here in step 23 should be removed at step 5.

Jon Tyre - Reply

Image 1/1: Pull the connector toward the front of the PS3.
  • Disconnect the DC-In cables from the front of the heat sink.

  • Pull the connector toward the front of the PS3.

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  • Remove the five 9 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the chassis.

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Image 1/1: Remove the power supply.
  • Lift the power supply by its front edge to clear the two posts attached to the motherboard.

  • Remove the power supply.

I had a small black wire taped to the side of my power supply. If you have this - remember to remove the tape, first, or you run the risk of pulling the wire out.

Oliver Clare - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the two brackets held under the screws you just removed.
  • Remove the four 16.5 mm shouldered Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the motherboard.

  • Remove the two brackets held under the screws you just removed.

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Image 1/1: The heat sink may still be held in place by the thermal paste. If this is the case, gently pry the heat sink away from the motherboard housing. Make sure to not bend the copper piping on the heat sink.
  • Lift the motherboard assembly off the heat sink.

  • The heat sink may still be held in place by the thermal paste. If this is the case, gently pry the heat sink away from the motherboard housing. Make sure to not bend the copper piping on the heat sink.

  • Be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste when reattaching the heat sink.

  • Never applied thermal paste before? Our thermal paste guide makes it easy.

    • If you're following the YLOD repair guide, stay tuned for where to apply the replacement thermal paste.

so do we apply arctic silver 5 thermal paste to the heat sink pads that attach to the CPU GPU,Or do we only apply thermal paste to the chips /pads CPU GPU ?

David - Reply

In some PS3 versions, such as my PS3 model CECHG04, the heat sink is attached to the lower half of the motherboard shield, so in order to remove the motherboard you have to lift the top cover and detach the motherboard from the heat sink.

markp - Reply

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  • Remove the three 5.7 mm #0 Phillips screws securing the fan to the heat sink.

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  • Remove the fan from the heat sink, minding its cables that may get caught.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Thank you for the help

G Y - Reply

i make thermal compounds. just wondering do i need to use a grease that has silver or is an aluminum based grease good to use

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