I’ve owned my 60GB PlayStation 3 with its hardware based PS2 compatibility for just over three years now. As of late, I’ve noticed that the fan gets quite loud and I’m a bit worried about the console’s longevity with all that heat it’s expelling.
So I decided to look up PlayStation 3 disassembly guides and found this thread on the official PlayStation forums which detailed three tips to get these older PS3 consoles running cooler:
- Replace the original ZSSR5391A or the APS-226 power supply with the cooler running APS-231 from the PlayStation 3 40GB model
- To run cooler while still supplying enough power for the 90 nm Cell and RSX
- Replace the 15 blade fan with the 19 blade version found in the original launch PlayStation 3 60GB models
- To move more air and a bit quieter
- Replacing the thermal paste with Arctic Silver 5 or equivalent.
- To improve heat dissipation
I already have Arctic Silver 5, but I had to order the fan and the power supply from eBay. None of the parts I was ordering were going to be new, so I tried to keep costs as low as possible.
I managed to find a power supply for $32.01 after shipping and handling. It should arrive in a week or two if it follows previous shipping times from Hong Kong. As for the fan? I’m not having much luck. The cheapest I could get is $26 or so shipped to me. But, if I ship it to the U.S. and have it brought over to me, I could get it for about $20 or so. It also means that I’ll get the fan in mid-September since the people bringing it over the border won’t be making a trip until then.
I’m not sure which path I’ll take with the fan, but I am looking forward to this little project. I’ve seen tear downs already, but I’d like to disassemble my own. I’ve already disassembled an Xbox 360 after a RROD. I want things to be different for the PS3, so I would like to disassemble a PS3 before a YLOD happens.