Sony PS5 teardown video reveals some hardware secrets of the console

Sony PS5 reveals some hardware secrets of its “most transformative console”, including removable slides, dust catchers, and storage expansion.

On October 7th, 2020, Sony revealed the inside look of their latest and most transformative console, the PS5.

The wait is almost over

The PlayStation 5 is an upcoming video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The console was announced last year as the successor of the PlayStation 4.

At the same time, it launches on November 12th, 2020, in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. And on November 19th, 2020, for the rest of the world.

The PlayStation 5 hardware reveal trailer by Sony is aesthetic to watch. It generates a sense of excitement in gamers.

Moreover, Sony will be releasing its long-awaited console approximately a month from now. Sony has shown a bit of excitement through their blog about the launch of their latest console.

The teardown of PlayStation 5

The video begins with Mr. Yashuhiro Ootori, the Mechanical Design Department’s VP in the Hardware Design Division at Sony Interactive Entertainment, introducing the console.

He starts with the console’s basic physical dimensions: 104mm wide, 390mm high, and  260mm deep. Despite the size being more massive than PlayStation 4, Sony’s claims suggest that it will result in “dramatic improvement in performance in terms of processing power and quietness.”

While the front of the PS5 has a USB Type-C port with “SuperSpeed” USB support and a USB Type-A port with “Hi-speed” USB support, the back has two Type-A ports with SuperSpeed USB support, a LAN port, an HDMI (out) power port, and an AC (in) power port.

Furthermore, the two rows at the front are air vents, while the entire backside is the console’s exhaust port. Ootori continues by removing the vertical base and putting it horizontally. He then begins the “teardown” with the external hardware first.

The physical structure of the PS5

The 120mm diameter, 45mm thick, double-sided air intake cooling fan of the PS5 can draw considerable air from both sides. Apart from this, the new PS5 will have two “dust-catchers.” The collected dust can, of course, be cleaned through holes provided, as shown in the video.

Further, the M.2 interface with PCIe 4.0 is installed in the PS5 for future storage expansion.

The technicalities of the PS5 (CPU, Storage, Graphics, and more)

After tearing down the PS5 further by removing the casing, we can check out the Ultra HD Blu-ray drive unit. To be able to reduce the disc spin’s noise, the drive unit is entirely covered with a sheet metal case and mounted with two layers of insulators.

Furthermore, after removing the shield, we can see the CPU, GPU, and hard drives. The PS5’s CPU has eight cores 16 threads, and it can run up to 3.5 GHz [x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen2”].

The GPU of the PS5, however, drives up to 2.23 GHz and can deliver 10.3 TFLOPS [AMD Radeon; RDNA-2 based graphics engine].

Moreover, the maximum bandwidth stretches up to 448 GB per second, made possible by installing eight  GDDR3 [System memory: GDDR6 16GB].

The installation of an onboard 825GB SSD instead of an HDD makes it even better. Moreover, with the Custom SSD, the raw data transfer rate’s speed could reach up to 5.5GB per second. This reduces the loading time of the game significantly.

Sony says they have spent two years working on its liquid metal cooling. The PS5’s SoC has a tiny die that runs at a fast clock rate, which leads to a very high thermal density in the silicon die.

However, the PS5 is installed with liquid metal as its thermal conductor (TIM). This will ensure the long-term, stable, and high cooling performance of the PS5.

Further, the PS5 uses a heat sink/pipe similar to PS3 and PS4 with a 350W power supply unit.

Image courtesy of charnsitr/Shutterstock

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