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Introduction

The world of video game platforms has been changing quickly. Manufacturers have resorted to mid-gen refreshes to keep up with 4K TVs and VR headsets. Last month we tore apart the PS4 Slim, and now we're tackling the third iteration of this generation. We may be amateur gamers, but we're revved up to tear the PlayStation 4 Pro down, professionally.

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your PlayStation 4 Pro, use our service manual.

Since this is the third version of the PS4, maybe we should call it the PS4 3? Anyways, here are the specs: 8-core AMD "Jaguar" X86-64 CPU, clocked at 2.1 GHz (up from 1.6 GHz) 4.2 TFLOPS AMD Radeon-based graphics
  • Since this is the third version of the PS4, maybe we should call it the PS4 3? Anyways, here are the specs:

    • 8-core AMD "Jaguar" X86-64 CPU, clocked at 2.1 GHz (up from 1.6 GHz)

    • 4.2 TFLOPS AMD Radeon-based graphics

    • 8 GB GDDR5 RAM + 1 GB DRAM

    • 1 TB removable and upgradeable hard drive storage

    • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

    • Blu-ray × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV

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Hamburger, meet Big Mac—the Pro version has one layer on the Slim version. It's also quite a bit bigger overall. This behemoth still carries the label PlayStation 4, but the model number on ours is CUH-7015B. We also spot a couple "Warranty void if removed stickers" (booo) and tons of different ports (yay!):
  • Hamburger, meet Big Mac—the Pro version has one layer on the Slim version. It's also quite a bit bigger overall.

  • This behemoth still carries the label PlayStation 4, but the model number on ours is CUH-7015B. We also spot a couple "Warranty void if removed stickers" (booo) and tons of different ports (yay!):

    • Power

    • HDMI 2.0

    • PlayStation extension port

    • S/PDIF optical audio output

    • USB 3.0

    • Ethernet

will you teardown the High speed HDMI cable?

Da Kutkale - Reply

When you're exploring unknown territory, it helps to have a map. We called up our buddies at Creative Electron, and they put their X-ray vision to good use. So far we're expecting to find... bees? And a big fan. I'm not the only one who sees honeycomb, right?
  • When you're exploring unknown territory, it helps to have a map.

  • We called up our buddies at Creative Electron, and they put their X-ray vision to good use.

  • So far we're expecting to find... bees? And a big fan. I'm not the only one who sees honeycomb, right?

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This triple-decker design is a little different from the ''first'' fourth PlayStation we tore down, but that doesn't stop our teardown engineers—without wasting time, we flip the console over, pop the first panel, and hit pay dirt! A single, standard Phillips #0 screw stands between us and hard-drive-swapping glory. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout. Replacements are awesome, and in keeping with a long tradition: every PlayStation to use a hard drive has had a user-replaceable hard drive.
  • This triple-decker design is a little different from the ''first'' fourth PlayStation we tore down, but that doesn't stop our teardown engineers—without wasting time, we flip the console over, pop the first panel, and hit pay dirt!

  • A single, standard Phillips #0 screw stands between us and hard-drive-swapping glory. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Replacing the internal hard drive doesn't break warranty and it gives the users the option to cheaply upgrade to a larger drive or maybe even go with a SSD drive to take advantage of the SATA3 controller in PS4 Pro. If a SSD is to expensive, there are SSHD options, eg. like the new Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD.

Hoder Jensen - Reply

Can the PS4 Pro handle the thicker 4tb laptop drives? 15mm thickness. It took some improvisation to get the drive into my launch day PS4

Justin Rasmussen - Reply

Same question.

Does PS4 PRO accepts 15mm HDDs?

Vadim Naliusnij -

You could also put a HDD in the 'fat' PS2s!

Ben Shepherd - Reply

Which worked great for game backups even though it was originally meant for one of the Final Fantasy games or the PS2 Linux Kit.

Ryan Morash -

And just a couple more Phillips screws later, the 2.5" HGST HTS541010A9E680  hard drive is free from its caddy shackles.
  • And just a couple more Phillips screws later, the 2.5" HGST HTS541010A9E680 hard drive is free from its caddy shackles.

  • While the PlayStation team boasted about the Pro's SATA III support, this stock hard disk drive is rated at 3.0 Gb/s (SATA II).

    • Or is it? According to various online sources, this guy is actually a 6.0 Gb/s HDD. Regardless, at 5400 RPM this platter drive will never reach SATA III speeds and is pretty similar to the drive we found in 2013.

  • No worries, though—armed with the right tools and some elbow grease (and a snazzy new 6.0 Gb/s SSD), you can cut your lag load times in half and get back to gaming.

Hitachi HDD. Nice!

preziremprokletigugl - Reply

hitachi hdd is best. btw, no mechanical hdd reached full sata2 speed yet. So for mechanical HDD, no point to talk about SATA3.

Will O - Reply

并这不是所有机型都是hgst,实际使用toshiba的机型可能更多.换过3台不同版本的pro,包括made in jp的版本都是toshiba的hdd.

phenomx100 - Reply

  • As expected, we're gonna have to remove these "Warranty void if seal removed" stickers to go any further.

    • Adding a bit of insult to injury, the screws hidden beneath are Security Torx screws—specifically designed to stop you getting in.

  • Luckily, even the most dastardly screw head is no match for our 64 Bit Driver Kit. With the case cracked open, we can remove this large metal shield.

    • Unfortunately, all this does is give us a view of the motherboard's backside.

    • Based on our experience with the PS4 Slim, we decide to flip everything over and see if the grass is any greener on the other side...

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
With the beast on its back, the opposite panel pops off after some prodigious prying—but no "warranty void" stickers! Alas, removing this panel isn't the panel-cea we were hoping for. We can pull out the power supply, but nothing else.
  • With the beast on its back, the opposite panel pops off after some prodigious prying—but no "warranty void" stickers!

  • Alas, removing this panel isn't the panel-cea we were hoping for. We can pull out the power supply, but nothing else.

  • While you can't remove the fan, you could certainly clean it from here—maybe that's why we're granted this non-warranty-voiding access zone.

It's cool that you can replace the PSU without voiding the warranty

Ben Shepherd - Reply

Actually it seems the PSU is secured with a couple of screws from the bottom, and the only way to get to those is by removing the bottom panel and pulling off the warranty stickers.

Jeff Suovanen - Reply

there`s two posts from this side for the screws- one is just below the guy`s index finger

jontyhawkes -

what this metal glossy thing above the power supply does?

onlysoab -

Does the top cover of the console snaps off just buy pulling it up? no screws-hard drive nothing?

onlysoab -

what this metal glossy thing above the power supply does?

onlysoab - Reply

Does the top cover of the console snaps off just buy pulling it up? no screws-hard drive nothing?

onlysoab - Reply

i can reach the fan just by pulling up the above cover ? only that???

onlysoab - Reply

above the power supply.... what it this? what it does?

onlysoab - Reply

What power supply is it I need a new one because i dropped my ps4 pro when moving home now it dose not go on I think it's the power pack the no working

Colin gettler - Reply

With the top panel removed, we focus our attention towards the power supply unit. Unlike the 2013 model, which topped out at 165 W, this PSU dishes out 289 W of power (1.5 A @ 4.8 V +23.5 A @ 12 V). According to the official technical specifications, the PS4 Pro pulls 310 W of power total. The balance is probably spent in transforming power from AC to DC.
  • With the top panel removed, we focus our attention towards the power supply unit.

  • Unlike the 2013 model, which topped out at 165 W, this PSU dishes out 289 W of power (1.5 A @ 4.8 V +23.5 A @ 12 V).

  • According to the official technical specifications, the PS4 Pro pulls 310 W of power total. The balance is probably spent in transforming power from AC to DC.

  • And now for the million dollar question: Why is this console so much bigger than the original?

    • For comparison purposes, we lined up the PSU from the PS4 Pro (left) and the original PS4 (right). While there's only an 74.2 g difference between the two units, the requisite heat pipe and fan add a bit more bulk to the Pro to wick away excess heat generated by the additional GPU.

Good design and quality Delta PSU.

preziremprokletigugl - Reply

The PS4 Pro incorporates an APU with a single GPU. There is no "additional" GPU

Jordan Condipodero - Reply

where would be the best spot to grab 5v (no standby) from the psu/mobo?

sepiah37 - Reply

anyone know the model/part# of the PSU internal power cable connectors (male & female)?

Shane - Reply

Thwarted by the lack of any more screw heads on the PSU-side of the PS4 Pro, we flip it back over and flip our attention to the the motherboard. Burrowing through a layer of shielding  behind the CPU reveals this cool X-shaped retaining bracket, similar to ones we found in another console. And directly underneath it, we dig up a plastic-and-metal cover that looks to be the consumer electronics version of a pizza saver, protecting the back of the board from the heat sink retaining bracket.
  • Thwarted by the lack of any more screw heads on the PSU-side of the PS4 Pro, we flip it back over and flip our attention to the the motherboard.

  • Burrowing through a layer of shielding behind the CPU reveals this cool X-shaped retaining bracket, similar to ones we found in another console.

  • And directly underneath it, we dig up a plastic-and-metal cover that looks to be the consumer electronics version of a pizza saver, protecting the back of the board from the heat sink retaining bracket.

  • Lifting the motherboard reveals a lot more thermal management. Highlights include a giant copper heat sink and dedicated pads for six chips on the motherboard.

what is the size of that backplate X? i wanna mount an AIO watercooler. What size do i need?

Davorii - Reply

from what i read the mounting holes should have a distance of 60mm

sepiah37 - Reply

Let's take a closer look at the front side of the motherboard:
  • Let's take a closer look at the front side of the motherboard:

    • SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) CXD90044G SoC (includes AMD "Jaguar" Cores and AMD Radeon GPU)

    • Panasonic MN864729 HDMI transmitter

    • Samsung K4B4G0846E 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM

    • Renesas SCEI R9J04G011FP1

    • International Rectifier 35218 V625P 5VNQ

    • Fairchild Semiconductor DG26CF FDMF 6840C

    • Cypress CYUSB3312 USB 3.0 hub controller

wheres the second GPU chip?

xtphty xtphty - Reply

there is none, just one chip (APU)

sepiah37 - Reply

Fairchild semiconductor use thermal pads?

Charls - Reply

And bringing up the rear:
  • And bringing up the rear:

    • 8 x Samsung K4G80325FB 8 Gb GDDR5 (1 GB × 8 = 8 GB)

    • Sony J20H091 Wireless Communication module (Marvell Avastar 88W8897 underneath)

    • SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) CXD90036G

      • This is a Custom ASIC on Marvell's 88EC128-BNS2

    • Samsung K4B4G0846E 512 MB DDR3 RAM

I would like to add an external Bluetooth antenna to this. I see the Sony J20H091 Wireless Communication module has 3 anntena connections on it, any idea what one is used for the Bluetooth?

Jade Laybourne - Reply

The fan and optical drive seem almost within reach—and yet they're screwed in from the bottom, where a large heat pipe assembly keeps guard. However, we're not scared. Okay, we lied—we're a little scared. We manage to extract the heat pipe gear without serious injury, clearing our way to that spinny thing that blows air.
  • The fan and optical drive seem almost within reach—and yet they're screwed in from the bottom, where a large heat pipe assembly keeps guard. However, we're not scared.

  • We manage to extract the heat pipe gear without serious injury, clearing our way to that spinny thing that blows air.

  • This Nidec fan is rated for 2.1 amps at 12 volts, or 25.2 watts. So that's where all that extra PSU power is going...

How to disassemble this Nidec fan? Does the instruction exist?

tvojangel2000 - Reply

where can i buy it?

tvojangel2000 - Reply

We pluck out the optical drive, claw-game style. We do some more clawing (and unscrewing) to get this beast open. We find: A lot of springs.
  • We pluck out the optical drive, claw-game style.

  • We do some more clawing (and unscrewing) to get this beast open. We find:

    • A lot of springs.

    • A lens assembly on a track, with some sweet stabilization action.

    • And some sweet gears.

where ist the power cable for the odd-drive? one of those ribbon cables? which one?

sepiah37 - Reply

  • The optical drive's laser pickup assembly is ready for its closeup.

    • Remember to deactivate your lasers before poking them.

  • We use a little compressed air to move the pickup arm. It's super responsive and likely does a great job with skip protection.

    • Handy for gaming while 'froadin, or while living in California.

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With some determined prying, we remove this triple-decker PS4's middle tier. Turns out it's just a plastic frame, which we quickly pull away, revealing a final component or two. This LED light guide catches light from the LEDs on the left-hand board, and also serves as the button covers for the mechanical switches on the two right-hand boards. This LED light guide catches light from the LEDs on the left-hand board, and also serves as the button covers for the mechanical switches on the two right-hand boards.
  • With some determined prying, we remove this triple-decker PS4's middle tier. Turns out it's just a plastic frame, which we quickly pull away, revealing a final component or two.

  • This LED light guide catches light from the LEDs on the left-hand board, and also serves as the button covers for the mechanical switches on the two right-hand boards.

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PlayStation 4 Pro, deftly disassembled. Miss the PS4 Slim teardown? Check out our speedrun video teardown on YouTube.
  • PlayStation 4 Pro, deftly disassembled.

  • And because we love you, here's a bonus X-ray image of the PS4 Pro controller.

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Final Thoughts
  • No adhesive makes disassembly and reassembly easy.
  • The non-proprietary hard drive is simple to access and upgrade/replace—and doing so will not void your warranty.
  • While you can freely clean the fan, removing it—and other components—requires lots of (warranty-voiding) disassembly.
  • Security screws and tamper-evident seals discourage users from disassembling and repairing their PS4.
Repairability Score
8
Repairability 8 out of 10
(10 is easiest to repair)

46 Comments

Can anyone confirm if the GPU in this Pro is actually a Radeon RX 480 put together with the Jaguar cores?

Kenneth Rodriguez - Reply

Its got 2304 cores so same as RX 480 but seeing as how they need to maintain compatibility id say the shaders aren't true GCN 4 like the 480 but still GCN1.1 like the original PS4.

Owen10578 -

Is the PS4 pro power supply a dual voltage

dejinas - Reply

Yes. When you zoom-in left picture in step 8, it says 100-240

TeaMu -

It is not "dual-voltage". It works in the range od 100V to 240V. You can use it with 176V, for example...

preziremprokletigugl -

This should also put to rest anyone who took Cerny's "mirrored GPU" comment too literally and thought there were two separate GPUs in there. Obviously it was meant to simplify doubling the compute units within one larger GPU.

tipoo - Reply

does the ps4 pro have heating issues because it runs hotter than the original ps4

mike - Reply

The ps4 pro heatsink is about twice the volume of the original ps4 heatsink. I've had no overheating issues even after playing for several hours.

Ben Shepherd -

Probably because it's overclcoked, drawing more power and thus more heat output.

Lionel -

Pls advise if PRO accepts 15mm thick HDD?

It would be great to upgrade to 4Tb.

Vadim Naliusnij - Reply

The maximum hight of the HD/SSD inside the caddy for the PS4 Pro is 9.5mm. There is no way a juicy 15mm 5 TB HD (or similarly large SSD) is going to fit inside there.

Squishy Tia -

You can likely get a 4TB in there being its so big . They said no way with the original OG thick ps4 and I did it in 30 -40 minutes start to finish with no cutting or drilling. Just finesse and patience. And a couple loosened screws. Just dump the drive caddy...and work that b*tch in there...baby steps...

GALEN ERSO -

Does the power supply not have a grounding pin? That seems like a serious oversight.

madsglahder - Reply

Any thoughts on replacing RAM as time goes by? I don't know much about computers anymore, and certainly not consoles.

Thanks

Lionel - Reply

The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard. It is not user replaceable. Besides that, there are no GDDR5 modules for sale. They exist as FBGA packages only for OEM installation.

Squishy Tia -

By the way, I'm super excited about replacing the hard drive with an x400.

Does the old hard drive contain an operating system that needs to be transferred over? Or is this plug and play expandable memory?

Lionel - Reply

You can insert a brand new, unformatted drive and it will format the drive just fine. You will need to get the *FULL* firmware (~900 MB) from Sony's system update webpage, not the smaller delta update which is ~320 MB in size. Once the new drive is installed, you put the flash drive on the rear port (unless you have an ultra thin one that can fit into the obnoxiously recessed front ports), turn the PS4 Pro on, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Installation takes ~20 minutes for a fresh HD. Shave a few minutes off for SSDs.

Squishy Tia -

You're a legend. Thanks for your support mate!

Lionel -

Back in 2013, a lot of PS4 owners say the PS4 is to noisy. This was with the 90mm Delta with a motor with much smaller power consumption. The fan of the PS4 Pro is not much bigger in millimetres. But it can use about the double of power. This means the fan speed can go up much higher even the noise.

Would the people send the PS4 Pro back this time for the noise? Because it makes no sense. Lower fan noise with the same fan model means lower rotation speed too. And finally it means hotter chips and a higher risk of damage.

If you see the heatsink of the Pro and compare it to the normal PS4, you will see it is not much bigger than before. So you will need more airflow to cool the APU chip this time. The TDP is rising significant.

This thoughts are made in parallel with computer hardware and the cooling of this. An actual graphics card has a bigger heatsink than the PS4 Pro on the same TDP.

TheLOD2010 - Reply

I haven't noticed any more noise than the PS4 or the PS4 Slim. In fact, the only people I have ever heard complain about noise from fans on any PS were people that don't regularly clean/dust or vacuum. Last buddy that was complaining about noise from PS3 fan, when I opened it for him, it looked like it had hit a cat on the freeway going 60mph.

George Leon -

Sir I'm Vignesh from India i got ps4 pro in Japan in box it shows 100v. Can i use in india 220v or need step down transformer. please help me out.

Vignesh Asok - Reply

Vignesh, you don't need a step down transformer as it works on dual supply voltage, just get a conversion adaptor and you are sorted.

Varun Chand -

Did you try the Japanese model with 220V? I just happened to get one too, and I'm going to return the machine if it doesn't work outside Japan.

larpo -

Regarding the fan in the ps4pro, the genius of the removable top cover is that you can go topless , (lol)and not void the warranty, and place a screen guard over the fan opening thus allow alot more cooling air to flow over the Heatsink.

more air = less noise (generally)

the ps4pro at idle in a 20c room is whisper quiet.(and is quiet using it) So if you have the ps4pro in a hot room (80f) and you noticed that it was noisy, you could make the ps4pro topless and eliminate or reduce the noise.

GREAT thing is that going ps4pro topless does not void the warranty (no stickers to break)

I would not suggest doing this on a ps4slim, due all the wires the top covers.

The top cover does not "protect anything" meaning there is not any wire that can be snagged, unlike on a topless ps4slim.

Paul Summers - Reply

Actually, more air, more noise. That is always the case. I suspect you meant "the more free area, the less the noise". Velocity plays a bigger factor in mechanically generated noise than volume does, most of the time. Less restriction, more free area, means lower velocities, which means less noise.

You of course can also have harmonics & vibration issues , faster spinning motors usually present more sound & harmonics issues in general, however, that typically isn't an issue with these tiny motors.

George Leon -

A heavy rain burned the power supply of my PS4 Pro (with a week of use) through the ethernet cable. Where can I buy another font? What is the model of it?

jeanduarte2 - Reply

Mano, pela porta ethernet foi a placa mae tbm, triste mas já era

tjbelotti -

Hello everyone!

I am from India and I just bought a PS4 Pro from the US that I'm bringing back home to India in the next week.

Just like its predecessors, PS4 Pro also works on dual voltage supply (the packaging only mentions 100V, reason for many to get confused) so all I would be needing is a conversion adaptor for the power plug, no step down transformer needed.

Now, my QUESTION is, the power cord supplied with it is an "I-SHENG IS-14A 10A 125V 1250W".

Can I plug this 125V power cord to my 240V wall socket in India? Will it damage my PS4 or the cable in any way?

Also, the power supply doesn't have a grounding pin, will this pose any problems for me?

Varun Chand - Reply

Just buy a 240V rated cable. The 125V rated one, will work, and insulation will be more than sufficient. But you never know.

If the PSU does not have a ground pin, then what can you do. It will work, but if live touches some metal part of the case, that part will become live. And fuse will not activate.

Also, the power supply is not "dual voltage", because it does not only owrk with 2 different voltages. It works with wide range of voltages (for example fom 100V all the way to 240V, and everything in between). But it should say at what ranges of voltages it works.

preziremprokletigugl -

what this metal glossy thing above the power supply does?

onlysoab - Reply

Does the top cover of the console snaps off just buy pulling it up? no screws-hard drive nothing?

onlysoab - Reply

Yeah dude, I just opened up the top cover last night, it's not that easy you see on clips, to pull the top cover off the body, you will need more strength. Not easy but you will finally pull it off.

no screw, nothing, just your hand.

itsmeajtran -

i can reach the fan just by pulling up the above cover ? only that???

onlysoab - Reply

Look at Step 6...

It look like if you take off that metal plate, there's room for a 12mm or 15mm hard drive, if you also don't use the caddy. Just don't use that (seemingly useless) metal plate (or better yet, just trip off the area that would cover the hard drive).

So maybe 9.5mm HDD (currently, 2TB) is the limit for those who are not modders and respect warranty. But that's not those of us on this site!

William R - Reply

hi, I am jamil from Pakistan, I want to purchase ps4 pro, i need one clarification, in pakistan, most of the electronics devices are made in china, ps4 pro as well, Does chine assembled ps4 pro is equal in quality to other one like made in u.s or cananda etc

jamil ahmad - Reply

Anyone have an idea how much power from the PSU the fan draws at peak load and if it was to draw more (replacement fan for example) cause issues?

Justin O'Grady - Reply

does the middle plastic tier cover have any screws or can just simply prying would do the trick? I would like to paint the covers, wouldn't want to disassembly the whole things other than the covers only.

mrshah19912 - Reply

Hi, would a PS4 Pro bought at the US work on a 220V ??? I am from URUGUAY, my brother in law is travelling to Miami next week. Thank you!

Martina Etcheverry - Reply

集成度相当高,电源很给力,我喜欢

buyuliang - Reply

I'm just trying to figure out how this and xbox one s gets an 8 when the switch gets an 8 but is so much simpler.

Matt - Reply

They each have their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of repairability. A user-replaceable hard drive with a standard/non-proprietary form factor is a huge plus though. All three devices use some form of tamper-resistant sticker or screw to discourage you from opening them up—but once you're past that, they are all straightforward to disassemble and reassemble with zero damage. No doubt if this were a 100-point scale you'd see slightly different scores, but on a simple 10-point scale they're all roughly an 8. ;)

Jeff Suovanen -

where can I buy ps4 pro internal fun???

tvojangel2000 - Reply

I purchased and have been using the T9 tamper proof screwdriver for my first ps4 and it fits perfectly. I haven't taken apart a pro yet but my question is did they change the screws to T8 like the ps3s. Thanks in advance.

KcXbox Repair - Reply

We used a T8 for the teardown. Probably worth having both in your toolkit if you like to tinker though. ;)

Jeff Suovanen -

I just bought this PS4 Pro same one that you're tearing apart brand new in box I was able to play one day today I got up to play and it won't come on I push the button it beeps then it shuts right back off I can't hold the button down and make it go in safe mode it just doesn't do anything there either help me please I was so excited to get this now regretting it and wishing I had a got a Xbox instead

Becky Graham - Reply

Hello,

I'm looking to purchase a pro to replace my old Ps4.

I moded mine with an external antenna so I can use it in any room in my house. Am I able to do this on the Ps4 Pro? On the wireless chip I see three antenna connects what one is used for the Bluetooth?

Jade Laybourne - Reply

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