PS5 gets frosty in new custom water-cooled build

This crazy custom water-cooled PlayStation 5 reduces temperatures to a frost 51C while playing next-gen games at 4K resolution.

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Renowned PC modder Nhenhophach created the world's first water-cooled PS5 to hit low temps in demanding 4K workloads.

The PS5 stays pretty quiet and cool by itself, but modders have taken things to a whole new level with a specially-built water-cooled PS5. The console sports a fully customized waterblock, two thin 120mm Noctua NF-A12x15 Chromax fans set in 240mm radiator, an Alphacool pump, and other vital additions like new thermal pads (Sony has been criticized for the PS5's stock thermal padding).

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So did the setup reduce temps? The water-cooled PS5 hit roughly 51C while playing Astro's Playroom for 1 hour on a 4K display, which is pretty good. The PlayStation 5 already has great cooling thanks to its dual-sided 130mm axial fan and unique chassis, which is specifically contoured to direct air into critical components. The liquid-cooled thermal compound was also removed in favor of a direct CPU cooler.

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The modder says this is just the beginning of his custom PS5 builds, and that he will even start selling them to consumers. The team even plans to pack in a water-cooled PS5 into a PC, similar to Origin PC's crazy Big O build.

"We are continuing to prepare for a commercial version, and are also ready to integrate the water-cooled PS5 into one of our next PC builds. Don't miss it."

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Spawnwave's temp tests show the PS5's APU can level out around 62C while gaming, whereas the RAM can jump to 71C. CNET, however, used a FLIR camera to measure the temperature of the PS5's heat output and only got ~35C.

Gamers Nexus might be the most thorough with PS5 temp testing:

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