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Sony’s new PS5 has been completely redesigned inside and uses less power

Sony has completely revamped the internal design of its latest PS5 models. A modified PS5 model started appearing in Australia last month, and now YouTuber Austin Evans has taken a look at the internals and discovered quite a few changes. Sony is using a new, smaller motherboard for the PS5, with different cooling and even changed the SSD enclosure.

All of these changes add up to another weight reduction, but there are no obvious changes to the exterior of the PS5. The real big change is the updated motherboard on the PS5. It’s shrunk by about two inches, and cooling is slightly different for the PS5 thanks to an extra heat pipe on the back and a smaller heatsink.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a redesigned cooling solution on the PS5. Sony shipped a modified model with a smaller heatsink last year. The new motherboard and heatsink on this 2022 PS5 now weighs 2.5 pounds, according to Evans, which is a pound lighter than the original design.

Sony has also moved a lot of components with this new motherboard design, and that means the CMOS battery is now completely hidden under the heatsink. It’s been exposed before, making it easier to switch out, but Evans claims you’ll now have to completely disassemble the PS5 to replace the CMOS battery.

Sonys new PS5 has been completely redesigned inside and uses

A smaller heatsink inside the newer PS5 model (1200).
Image: Austin Evans (YouTube)

The SSD enclosure has also been changed in this new PS5 mod. It no longer has a PCB along its entire length and instead has exposed metal. It wasn’t immediately clear why Sony changed this particular part of the PS5’s design, but Evans speculated it was to help improve heat dissipation.

All of these changes could add some real-world benefits for the PS5. Evans claims that this new PS5 model draws 20-30 watts less during gaming, while delivering the same amount of noise and heat output.

“Sony has shrunk almost everything, including the motherboard and internal packaging, to be light and almost certainly cheap (for them),” Evans said On Twitter. The new PS5 model comes just as Sony raises its PS5 prices outside the US. Sony is increasing its PS5 prices in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Prices are rising by 10 per cent in Europe, 21 per cent in Japan and around 6 per cent in the UK.

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