Friday, March 12, 2021

PC Modder Designs And Builds World’s First Water-Cooled PlayStation 5

Water cooling is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the most effective forms of keeping the temperatures of one’s gaming PC low and quiet. In the case of the Vietnamese modder, Modding Cafe, they decided to apply the cooling technique to another kind of gaming machine: the PlayStation 5 (PS5).

Based on the Vietnam-based modder’s 13-minute long YouTube video, the custom PS5’s water-cooling components were all made from scratch, creating from first disassembling and reverse-engineering the console. As with all custom-made water-cooled system, the PS5’s custom onboard AMD Ryzen chipset gets a waterblock directly into it. In this case, however, everything – from the waterblock to the piping – is machine cut directly into a single piece of acrylic, which also sort of doubles as the PS5’s side plate.

The end result of Modding Cafe’s endeavour makes their PS5 look like something out of this world. Point in fact, the finished product looks nothing like the original PS5, while the built-in RGB LEDs lend an absolutely garish element to the overall design.

Now, it goes without saying that Modding Cafe’s actions are experimental by nature, and they are far from being the first ones to walk the road of customisation; that honour goes to another dBrand, the popular custom skinning brand that created custom side plates for the console, albeit at the ire of Sony and its Interactive Entertainment division.

On that note, we should remind you that manually disassembling your PS5 will most certainly void the warranty. Also, removing the out-of-box heatsink from the chipset would be ill-advised, given that both components are conjoined by liquid metal, and not your average thermal compound.

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