PS3 Slim Dissected


Early sales of the much anticipated PS3 Slim have already begun, and some have taken the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the internal layout as well…

Old power supply:


The new power supply unit:


The power consumption has supposedly been halved, along with the noise output.


Versus the Xbox 360:


The PS3 comes equipped with a “Reality Synthesizer”:


You can see more of the disassembly at source, as well as find out how to take the unit apart should you be so minded.

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    Comment by EspadaKiller
    05:02 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is awesome, they really cut alot ;)

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    01:15 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bet there will be a "Made in China" pirated PS3 circulated by next month.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will take a while to make this happen, because of that stupid fuck of BluRay which takes boatloads of space on your PS3 hardisk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the reality synthesizer does what?

    Comment by Mnemosynë
    02:44 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's basically the equivalent of a graphics card in a pc. It's basically a modded Nvidia 7800GTX with a SHITload more ram included. Thats pretty much sucks, pretty much the reason why games can't run at 1080p on the PS3 at decent frames.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And pretty much reason why no games are 1080p on both systems, and why 360 has to upscale to 1080p using its hardware scaler. Actually infact, there are more 1080p games on the PS3 than there are 360. Ho hum.

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    Comment by ChaosAngelZero
    05:34 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Proof of this, Anon?

    Not only there are about the same amount of native (that is, true) 1080p games on both systems, due to this very piece of hardware the PS3 renders most games at a lower resolution than the Xbox 360, particularly important games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Resident Evil 5, among others.

    And I DO have proof of what I'm saying:

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reality... Synthesizer?

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    Comment by Tate
    02:22 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    gotta love sony for having such names for it's chips like emotion engine and now, reality synthesizer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    gotta love Nvidia for having such names for it’s chips like Geforce and now, GTX/GTS/GT/1900,8800,4500,295,265>>>.

    Comment by Furikake
    05:43 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather Sony spend more money bribing developers to make more decent exclusive games for the PS3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reality Synthesizer?
    Oxymoron, much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The main reason games look better on the 360 over the PS3 is because of the companies that make the games. 360 had a year head start. Game developer used the 360 as a benchmark for next gen console. Plus Sony using the Cell chip and not a stander chip has many developer shaking their head because they don't know how best to use it. The PS3 is a better console period. All the numbers speak for them self. BUT if you don't know how to use it right your gonna have problems with it no matter how ever good the system is. As far as The Slim. IF my old one brakes then I'll get it. (Unlike the 53% fail of the 360.) Launch machine baby!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 30/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont be an idiot, You say you dont see any point of a Slim ps3 ?

    The power consumption is less. It also uses less materials to manufacture... wich means saving money Duh ... The Slim is also less expensive for use common people tp buy see its easy if you think about it .. dont Post unless you have a valid point Not like "i dont see the point of the slim" use that loaf of meat in your head.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think im gunna be sick

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    With that kind of spacing between ICs, Sony can still make that thing smaller -_-

    Comment by MusicalNote
    11:43 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "CRAP! Mom! I lost my PS3 in the couch cushions again!"

    Comment by Schrobby
    00:16 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wait for an emulator. There's still tons of games I haven't played, so I see no need for a new console.

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    Comment by Exitium
    09:51 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh the humanity, leaving the Wii out of the dissection. Joking aside, it seems to have improved some.

    Comment by MusicalNote
    11:42 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In this article: Voiding warranties.

    Comment by The_Real_TRUE_GOD
    11:06 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heck no PS3 to me, I prefer to spend all on PC.

    PC FTW!

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    Comment by ChaosAngelZero
    05:50 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, the RSX is the console's CPU (according to the pics' filename)? lol uninformed Sony fans.

    Actually, besides the absurd design of the Cell Broadband Engine (which was originally aimed at servers, which is where it has found the most success), the RSX is a hilariously outdated independent pixel/vertex shader architecture-based chip, unlike the 360's modern unified shader architecture-based Xenos. Aaaaand, it just has 256 MB of GDDR3 VRAM clocked at 700 MHz (producing a bottleneck with the CPU's and main RAM's 3.2 GHz), while the 360 has an incredibly efficient 512 MB GDDR3 unified system/video RAM pool at the same 700 MHz with 10 MB of additional eDRAM.

    So, to summarize, the Xbox 360 has 10 additional megabytes of RAM compared to the PS3, and it's this extra RAM the one responsible for the better antialiasing method and overall superior looking titles.

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    Comment by N.R.
    06:18 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "So, to summarize, the Xbox 360 has 10 additional megabytes of RAM compared to the PS3, and it’s this extra RAM the one responsible for"
    making a shiny red ring of fire?
    Seriously 360 doesn't look better then PS3. They are almost the same except my PS3 will not defect in the upcoming year and there is more then 50% that your 360 will. Care to flip a coin?

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    Comment by ChaosAngelZero
    04:25 29/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There. Have a laugh, kid. I've already covered why this RRoD happened and why it was unavoidable, but I can't be arsed to look it up again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "It happens when a solder connection between the GPU (Graphic-Processing-Unit) and the Mainboard break or become loose. The basic reason I found is that the metal housing of the 360 is not straight bended by production. The bended area is exactly there where the GPU sits. That means if you screw in the Mainboard it will exactly bended like the metal case. This mechanical tension to the mainboard will break the soldered grid ball connection ealier or later. The original X-clamp does not produce enough pressure to the heat sink to keep the mainboard straight connected to the GPU. The original X-clamp is made of ordinary steel what really doesn`t help in this case. It lost pressure in a few months. "

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh, just fucking replace the shitty heatsink that comes with the 360. Assuming you're not a dumbass, you can do it without voiding your warranty. Heatgun / Hairdryer + Sticker = Comes off easily without ripping.

    Comment by EspadaKiller
    03:45 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2 says hi to crappy Halo 3 graphics :)

    And you're stupid if you think RAMs are the reason that the 360 games have better graphics, i laugh at the 360 fanboys here, calling Cell useless for the PS3, where the 360's Xenos cores are from the design of the PS3's Cell :P

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    Comment by ChaosAngelZero
    06:07 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not saying Halo 3 has good graphics, chump. Think about both Gears of War and Forza Motorsport titles for those. Even stuff like Fallout 3 looks and plays way better on 360.

    And the Cell's final design (with all those useless synergistic processing elements) doesn't translate to a better videogame programming and development platform but work pretty well for a server platform and is cheap to boot, you get it now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:35 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully some Anons didn't bought a PS3 yet, this one is a bargain!

    Comment by GuhRooGaTRAVIS
    19:34 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just got my PS3 slim from bestbuy. Hell of a lot lighter and a little bit smaller. I like the sleek shiny feel of the old PS3 rather than the slim's feel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    did i saw tapes?... is this really the sony quality?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tape is an easy and cheap method to secure wires, some of these are strong enough to remove hair (bad first hand experience, don't ask...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    reality synthesizer X
    don't worry if you are tech impaired, marketing can cover that for you.
    In this field, both Microsoft and Sony are masters

    Comment by Mnemosynë
    02:42 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh, the RSX =/= Modded Nvidia 7800GTX with a shitload of more RAM. It sucks compared to anything you can get for the PC now.

    20:11 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    but Sony is the master of microsoft. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd at the second picture. Looks like there's a Wii built in the PS3 Slim. ;-)

    Comment by Tyris
    19:30 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats an XBox 360 in ps3-slim-disassembled.jpg
    Notice how it doesnt look -anything- like the other pictures?

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    Comment by Artefact

    Yes, yes, caption added.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    everytime there is a PS3 slim article, its like a kick in the nuts. 500$ for a 40GB fat.

    Rage face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fair prices only go to those that wait. heh

    Although to be fair, the number of ps3 games I want to play can still be counted with one hand. So I wasn't really going without.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And the 40GB has a fail-tastic drive that'll break in a year, too! Fantastic buy!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:02 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'll wait for the ps3 super slim.

    20:07 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll wait for the ps4. >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ps3 super slim = psp2

    Comment by MeidoNiac
    00:09 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't that make it PS2 super small?

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    Comment by Shaawin
    18:57 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont see the point in having a slim.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, if your someone with an old one there's really no point ( unless you want the bigger HD, and the unit to take up less space). Though I think it's mostly to bring in more customers/buyers.

    Comment by deluxe
    02:28 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Useless statement is useless. It's obviously not meant for you.

    Comment by Nin
    07:02 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    O: Look at the second picture! Sony actually put a Wii inside their PS3!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's for the pettanko crowd

    Comment by Boobs
    09:06 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see the point in these fucking PS3 posts.

    Yeah yeah, you're a PS3 fanboy, I fucking get it.

    That doesn't make the system good or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's targeted at those who weren't so ready to buy the PS3 fat.

    Comment by King of Hentai Gods
    19:22 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'll buy slim if it really cheaper :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they made anymore cheaper it will as reliable as an xbox.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reference FAIL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... If you want dirt cheap shit.. This is not for you..... Go find some shady deal or used consoles...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    mind if I add more "GURO"???
    *Poke out your eyes*
    hahaha... *grin*

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    Comment by Blu_Haze
    22:28 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'ed

    Comment by Super Wanker
    20:39 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mah eyes! MAH EYES~!!

    Comment by Wind bind
    21:21 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atleast where i live you can trade in your old one + 2 games and buy the slim one for about 80$ at Gamestop. so not tooo bad

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    10:08 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly, which sucks for ppl like me. (T_T)

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    Comment by Renegade Angel
    07:37 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bought my fat PS3 when it first came out for about $700 (With a fan, game and extra controller). I for one would not trade in my fat PS3 for this slimmer version. Especially since my PS3 is backwards compatible. (Hardware not software)

    Comment by Lelouch Rochefort
    19:05 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd get myself one since i don't have a PS3 yet plus it's more sleek in design compared the the previous one which is really huge for me which i can't have in a small room like mine.

    Comment by Cinnamon
    19:49 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that if you don't have the space for the fat, then you don't have for the slim too. It isn't so smaller.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, i had space in mind as well.

    Comment by Booger
    03:15 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a tiny apartment room, and I managed to squeeze in an imac, a micro home theater, an HD ready TV, and a fat PS3 on one table, what is there to complain about?

    The "phat" PS3, btw, has a smaller vertical footprint than a slim (which needs a $24 stand).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    when i think of sleek, i think of shiny. i think ps3 fat is sleeker

    Comment by MarineRX179
    23:02 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Depending on how you look at it...

    Comparing PS3 fat to PS3 slim...if the PS3 slim's power supply really can reduce the power consumption/power draw by that much, it should run cooler than the PS3 fat, thus have a longer lasting life-span.

    Comment by Kelly
    20:15 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good point~
    I was gonna say "Thats it?"

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