The differences of the new PS5 model in detail: how the new heat sink affects the temperature of the console

The differences of the new PS5 model in detail

That there are minor updates and revisions of consoles is something quite common. In most cases, these new models seek to introduce small changes or variations in the components. The latest PS5 that is already marketed in Japan is no exception, although, as shown, it seems that not all are joys compared to the launch model.

Austin Evans’ YouTube channel has had access to the 2021 PS5 model (the CFI-1100B ) and has not been able to resist peering inside to find out why it weighs 300 grams less than the original (the CFI-1015B ). The quick answer: a smaller heatsink and a fan overhaul. Of course, as Evans himself shows us, this has advantages and side effects.

The main thing: for practical purposes, and if we do not open the console, we will notice that it weighs a little less, and we will see that the base screw has a different finish. The box, at least the one marketed in Japan, is the same, although the model number is shown on one of the flaps. And what happens inside?

  • The first benchmark Evans puts the new PS5 model through before opening it is the noise level it produces, and this has been lowered from 43.5 decibels to 42.1 decibels.
  • The second test and difference are that the temperature generated by the console itself in operation is 3 or 4 degrees higher: from 52 ° C, we go to approximately 55 ° C.

If we add the three differences, Evans comes to a clear conclusion before opening the console: the cooling system of the PS5 of 2021 is different. And the truth is that it was very well on the way since the most significant change between the two resides in a new, smaller heat sink and a somewhat different internal fan with larger blades.

The heat sink of the first-batch PS5, compared to the smaller ones of the PS5 of 2021.

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How does this affect energy consumption? With both consoles running Astro’s Playroom, we find that, as Evans has been able to measure, the 2020 PS5 asks for 225 W, while the 2021 PS5 (the new model) starts to consume 230 W.

Changes to take into account and possibly achieve that more than one interested party reviews the flap of his future console before acquiring it. All in all, while everything counts, in the end, the true appeal of the PS5 is (and should be) through its game catalog.