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See The New PS3 Super Slim Torn To Itty Bitty Pieces

Posted on Thursday, October 4 @ 10:51:45 Eastern by


The mad scientist tinkerer extraordinaires over at iFixit tore down the new PS3 super slim, just like they do with every new expensive electronic device that comes along, and have done with past PS3s. So, what makes this PS3 so slim? Low carbs? Paleo diet? Forcing a USB dongle down its throat until it gags and pukes?

Of course, the biggest change comes from the new top-loading disc drive. As I pointed out a couple months ago, despite its smaller size, the PS3 super slim actually needs additional overhead clearance to get the disc in and out. It's not a lot, but depending on your TV stand, it may be too much.

iFixit notes that the top-loading disc drive is "repair friendly". But what's not repair friendly, are the fans and heat sinks, which are found below the motherboard assembly. If either of these have an issue—an issue often found in previous PS3 models, especially the fatter, original PS3s—you'll have to remove the motherboard assembly to access them. However, iFixit does conclude that it help the design stay more compact and solid.

Other standout changes include rubber padding around the disc drive to reduce noise, and less power consumption. If only they could do something about how long it takes to update the firmware and get to playing games.

iFixit gives the PS3 super slim a 7 out of 10 for fixability, noting that Sony has made a console that is not only a smaller form factor, but it's also lighter, quieter, and consumes less power. Take from that what you will, then enjoy the pieces of PS3 super slim below.










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