Youtuber builds ‘PS5 Slim’ of 2cm thick with external power and water cooling

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YouTube channel DIY Perks packed the PlayStation 5 hardware into a flat case that’s about two inches thick and works with water cooling. To make this possible, the power supply has been made external and the radiator and pump are also outside the housing.

DIY Perks custom made an all-copper case for the PlayStation 5 motherboard and a waterblock that is the same size as the whole. As a result, the entire case acts as a huge water cooling block, cooling all components on the motherboard.

There is no room for a power supply in the thin housing. The water pump, radiator and associated fans do not fit in there either. DIY Perks combines those parts in an external housing, which, according to the maker, could be concealed behind a TV.

The complete process of making the case and cooling pad and customizing the PlayStation 5 is shown in detail in a half hour video. Not everything goes right the first time, but eventually DIY Perks successfully gets its ‘PlayStation 5 Slim’ working.

Sony is known for introducing a thinner model a few years after releasing a console. This usually happens about three years after the release of the original model, and this is possible because new revisions use smaller chips that heat less.

The 2013 PlayStation 4 received a Slim version in 2016. The PlayStation 3 came out at the end of 2006 and got a Slim variant in 2010. If Sony follows that strategy with the PlayStation 5, an official PlayStation 5 Slim is not expected until late 2023 or early 2024 at the earliest.

‘PlayStation 5 Slim’ by DIY Perks with external power and cooling. Photos sourced from YouTube video.

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