At the end of August, a new PlayStation 5 revision CFI-1200 began to arrive. At that time, it was only known that it was once again lighter than the previous version of the console. It was left to hope that someone would dare to disassemble the newly purchased PS5 to find out why. We didn’t have to wait long – YouTuber Austin Evans looked inside the new revision and found a lot interesting things.

While outwardly the new PS5 does not differ from the “old” one (except for the fact that the weight is reduced by 200-300 g), inside the differences turned out to be more than enough. Firstly, the motherboard has decreased in size by about 5 cm, and secondly, the cooling system has received an additional heat pipe behind and a smaller radiator. In general, the new motherboard together with cooling now weighs a little more than 1 kg (~220 g less than the original version).

PlayStation 5
The new revision is in the center, the previous one on the left, the original model on the right.

In addition, Sony has changed the location of many components due to the new board design – for example, the CMOS battery, which used to be “in sight” and easily replaceable, is now completely hidden under the heatsink, so if you need to replace it with a new one, you will have to completely disassemble the console. The SSD compartment has also changed, and now there is no board along the entire length of the drive, instead, a metal plate is installed. Presumably, this is done for better cooling.

Reducing the heatsink never pleases players, because they immediately assume the worst – less efficient cooling and, as a result, overheating of the console. But this does not seem to be the case: Austin Evans notes that the new revision of the PlayStation 5 consumes 20-30 W less power than the previous one, while the noise level and heat output remained at the same level.

Well, it looks like Sony’s next step is to shrink the body size. Waiting for the PlayStation 5 Slim?