The new PS5 Slim is not energy efficient, according to a teardown video


In Sony’s history, the relaunch of a newer, slimmer variant of its PlayStation console also means an improvement in power consumption due to the downscaling of its APU. Now, the upcoming PlayStation 5 Slim, also known as PS5 Slim, retains most of what the PlayStation 5 originally had when it launched in 2020.

The PS5 Slim isn’t out yet; However, Linus from Linus Tech Tips got his hands on a real unit, all thanks to dbrand, a company known for its aftermarket side plates for PS5 and other products.

Linus’ teardown video of the PS5 Slim shows how the standard variant compares to its slim design, and the results were significant. The PS5 Slim has been shrunk to the largest possible size without sacrificing its overall cooling performance, which is a good thing. However, Linus discovered during his test of how the console consumes power, his experiment concluded that the PS5 Slim consumes electricity identically to the standard PS5.

“However, we did some tests and the results surprised us,” Linus said in his video. “The PS5 Slim was identical to the previous one. “We expected it to be different in some way.”

Linus also showed us that the PS5 Slim consumes the same power from idle mode to gaming; the results were insignificant.

After Linus disassembles the PS5 Slim and discovers that the PS5 Slim’s APU is the same 6nm size as the standard PS5, he concludes that the PS5 Slim is instead an upgrade in terms of the overall size of the console.

When Sony announced the PS4 Slim in 2016, three years after the first PS4 launched in 2013, it significantly changed its APU scale (from 28nm to 16nm). It made the console energy efficient without sacrificing overall performance.

It’s disappointing that Sony hasn’t opted to make a much more efficient variant of the PS5; Instead, the company decided to release another update to the PS5 but in a smaller form factor without significant improvements to its power consumption.

The PS5 Slim is scheduled to launch at the end of this month of November.


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