The release of the revised version of PlayStation 5 has created much controversy over SONY’s decision to cut costs by reducing some of the key components of its console’s cooling system. This has caused many to lay their hands on their heads and speculate on the thermal performance of the new PS5 revision. Is the new PS5 worse or is it just gossip?
Often, reality contradicts logic, and what appears evident at first look while reviewing data and forming conclusions from it ends up opposing popular perception. And this is exactly what happened with the upgraded version of the PlayStation 5, when a writer jumped to conclusions a few weeks ago after seeing how SONY had changed the hefty and pricey copper heatsink with a smaller aluminium/copper one.
What are the new PS5 revision’s temperatures?
They did not hesitate for a second to examine the efficiency of the existing PS5 model from German media outlet Igor’s Lab, and because the data is more essential than the story, we will explain what they observed after conducting temperature testing on both new and old PS5 models.
What is striking is how the average temperature of the PS5 main APU or SoC has decreased; keep in mind that the SONY console uses AMD’s SmartShift technology to perform small speed increases, which it does to compensate for the lower number of Compute Units on its GPU when compared to the Xbox Series X. Instead, we discover that the RAM and VRMs have increased their temperature by a few degrees.
What is the reason behind this? Well, let us not ignore that the RAM is placed on the other side of the PCB from the APU in the PS5, so it is natural that the temperatures are greater, and it appears that the simplified cooling system has impacted the memory more than the APU, which has variable clock speed.
In any event, we must keep in mind that, depending on the gaming profile, the system modifies clock speeds, resulting in increased energy consumption and heating. This is crucial to underline because the console will not run a PS4 game at the same speed as a PS5 game, and we don’t know which games the folks at Igor’s Lab have tried both models with.
The new PS5 is a little louder!
SONY has also made improvements to the console’s massive fan, which has resulted in an increase in average noise of one decibel, which is not less than predicted. Let’s not forget that one of the PS5’s architectural enhancements over its predecessor is the decreased level of noise it makes, especially when compared to the PS4 Pro.
In any case, the temperature of the SoC has decreased significantly, the temperature of the VRM and VRAM has increased and remained within acceptable limits, the loudness, while increasing, is ineffective to the average user’s ear, and in short, SONY may have hit the key to ensuring the console’s improved performance, because 11 degrees less can mean sustaining the highest frequencies in certain scenarios.
In summary, the thermal balance is considerably better today, and cooling is emphasised in the system’s most critical component, its SoC, therefore in the absence of performance testing, the new PS5 version indicates better approaches.