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The PS5 is a giant console, the largest in modern history, and a DIY YouTuber has now created a “slim” PS5 model that’s a fraction more than the plastic cases that house PS5 games. Matt Perks, known as DIY benefits on YouTubehas put a significant amount of time and effort into making a PS5 “Slim” that reduces the size from almost four inches to just under an inch.

The result is a sleek copper console that contains the main PS5 components, and a rather gargantuan external power and cooling solution that can be hidden. Most of the PS5’s thickness comes from the heatsink and power supply, so DIY Perks moved those to a long external unit to make the actual console much more attractive atop a TV stand.

The modified PS5 ‘Slim’ in action.
Image: DIY benefits (YouTube

A custom water cooling system replaces the PS5’s existing cooling solution and uses copper plates to channel water across the CPU. This cladding also contains several thermal bridges to cool components such as the SSD and power circuits connected to the PS5’s motherboard.

While Sony has cut the power consumption of some previous PlayStation models to make slim versions, that’s a bit out of reach for DIY and modding. Instead, DIY Perks followed the route of the PS2 or PS One slim models by creating an external power supply.

The slim version requires a giant external PSU and cooling unit.
Image: DIY benefits (YouTube

This external power and cooling unit initially led to disaster, with the PS5’s motherboard burning as the unit tipped over, blocking airflow to effectively cool the console. After the motherboard is replaced, the PS5 “Slim” boots up successfully and plays games as you would expect.

Unsurprisingly, this custom cooling solution also results in some temperature improvements for the PS5. DIY Perks has measured major improvements in RAM and VRM temperatures, noting that temperatures can be lowered further with an even larger external cooling unit.

While some may call the massive power and cooling unit counterfeit, the whole project is still a fascinating 30-minute journey into the trial and error of modding consoles. The custom copper water block is impressive in how simple DIY Perks makes it look, built with a jigsaw and regular tools. Thankfully, scalpers probably won’t go to that much effort to make the PS5 “Slim” a reality on eBay anytime soon.

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