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 Post subject: Anybody do any mods to make a PS4 quieter?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:16 am 
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Has anybody done any work on the PS4 to make it quieter? My PS4 is generally quiet but the fan ramps up on high load games. The fan noise doesn't have a bad characteristic to it, but it's still louder than I'd like.

I heard that poorly applied/poor quality thermal paste is a common issue for the APU/heatsink. I replaced the thermal paste but I'm still getting the fan ramp up. Has anybody done anything to the PS4 and found success?

Here's ifixit's teardown of the PS4.

The front of the PS4 looks like this:
https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/GJTFSYCusv5nVEVF

Here are some pics of the heatsink:
https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/K3OJ1apPMABkXiJE
https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/PZAftggR6IfwqUfD
https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/pdkUusOIgotjVmCZ

All 3 HSF pictures above are with the PS4 flipped over and turned around, so you're looking at the bottom of the PS4; the back of the PS4 is at the bottom of each image. The power supply brick runs along the back of the PS4 so there's minimal airflow there. The HSF is behind the USB ports at the front. The front is not "open". It seems like airflow only goes through the side.

It seems like the easiest way to reduce the APU temp is to open up the airflow. So the options are to open up the side of the PS4 more or cut a hole at the bottom and then put some feet on the PS4 so air can flow through the bottom.

Has anyone tried that or done anything else?

Hmm I guess there are youtube videos for it.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSsGYQSbGC0


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