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PlayStation 5 has 120mm double-sided air intake cooling fan

Sony's next-gen PS5 sports a unique 120mm dual-sided intake fan that pulls tremendous airflow to keep the console nice and cool.

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The PlayStation 5 teardown reveal is finally here. Now we get a proper look at the PS5's cooling solution.

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The PS5 features a massive 120mm fan that can pull air from both sides of the console, a new teardown video reveals. The PS5's strange chassis is specifically designed to pull air in a certain way through the intake vents, and the powerful 120mm centrifugal fan is 45mm thick and features sharp fins to direct the airflow. The entire rear of the PS5 is devoted to heat exhaust.

The PS5's cooling solution is somewhat similar to the Xbox Series X's insofar as size, but not in specificity. The Series X's fan is 130mm and pulls air from bottom to top, and the PS5 pulls air from the sides to push out the back.

Read Also: PlayStation 5 is the first console to use liquid metal cooling

Sony also confirms the PlayStation 5 uses liquid metal compound to cool the SoC, which will reduce temperatures quite a bit. Liquid metal compound increases thermal conductivity by 86%, meaning the heat sink will absorb nearly 90% more heat, which is then exhausted thanks to the powerful fan.

This is the first console to ever use liquid metal thermal compound to cool a chip. Sony spent two years developing its liquid metal solution.

Read Also: PlayStation 5's massive heat sink is why the console is so gigantic

The fan and liquid cooling compound are also complemented by a massive heat sink. The heat sink features a huge copper plate and copper heat pipes, but it's positioned in a way to mimic the performance of a vapor chamber cooler. The heat sink takes up a huge portion of the system's real estate and is a vital component to ensure the PS5 stays quiet and cool even under blistering 4K 60FPS processing loads.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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