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Video: Inside PS3 Super / Ultra Slim, Internal Disassembly Pictures

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126w ago - Following up on the PS3 super / ultra slim unboxing, first look, and HDD guide, today I've opened Sony's new console to see what is inside.

I've made a video of the disassembly, and some pictures of the new MSX-001 motherboard.

As you can see, there's a lot of modifications on this model: MB, BR drive, HDD emplacement and so on.

You can see the Blu-ray drive, very small than older BR drive.

PS: To remove the 2 glossy pieces, you just have to slide to the right like the PS3 fat.

According to pereb27, the new model features no RSX IHS (but still contains a Cell IHS) potentially meaning the end of the dreaded PS3 YLOD... it looks like Sony finally did something right.

Below are some PS3 super / ultra slim internal disassembly pictures and videos, as follows:

Finally, here is a PlayStation 3 Super Slim Teardown Guide for those interested as well.

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#31 - PS4 News - 125w ago
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More pics for the above post...

#30 - PS4 News - 125w ago
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Below is a PlayStation 3 Super Slim Teardown Guide (via ifixit.com/Teardown/PlayStation-3-Super-Slim-Teardown/10670):

Nearly six years after the release of the original PlayStation 3, Sony released the third iteration of the third iteration of PlayStation console, the PlayStation 3 Super Slim.

It is undeniably slim, but is it really super? Only a teardown of iFixit proportions can tell. Join us as we explore the internal hardware of a redesigned fan favorite.


  • Phillips #0 Screwdriver
  • Phillips #1 Screwdriver
  • Plastic Opener Tool
  • T8 Torx Security Bit Screwdriver


#29 - Takeshi - 125w ago
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I know, that the cooling is better, but this means only "rare YLOD", not "no YLOD". As long as you have BGAs, there are solderjoints, which get faulty. I had PS2, PSP and DS with broken solderjoints at an BGA, all the BGAs had no IHS. And - big suprise - the Xb360 has the same problem without having an IHS IHS. Therefore it's absolutely crap, that the PS3 will have no YLOD because of the missing IHS.

With or without BGA station, you have to remove the IHS. If there is no IHS, it is easier.

And no, reballing is not the ony way to repair the YLOD, you can only use a reflow, if you do a good reflow. The problem is, that many people reflow their mainboard a heatgun, heat it up for a few minutes and that's it. This is a bad reflow, but not the only way to reflow a BGA.

One more thing. The IHS does not define the temperature alone. The fan-speed effects effects significantly more on the cooling than the IHS. If the heat transmission is worse because of the IHS, than the fan speed gets higher and the GPU-temperature is the same -> no effect on the temperature, only on the fan-speed. And the temperature is preset in the PS3, to hold the temperature at the same level, indipendent of the cooling situation.

#28 - atlask2 - 125w ago
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no ihs mean a better TDP for the RSX, so a bit less risky to have an YLOD on this model.

With or without a ihs, you'll always need a bga station to repair correctly a ylod... reflow it's that the crap

#27 - Takeshi - 125w ago
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No IHS does NOT mean no YLOD. Which idiot told you this crap?

It only makes it easier to fix the YLOD, that's all.

#26 - atlask2 - 126w ago
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Nice avatar atlask2. I have it buried somewhere in my harddrive lol

Cool videos. Did you use a regular screwdrivers or did you have the sony kit I've been seeing online?

I have a box with 100 "pins"

You need just two type : a phillips and a torx 8

#25 - niwakun - 126w ago
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everything is compact. it's very notable that WiFi/Bluetooth Chipset is far more smaller now and now embedded on motherboard, same with Blu-ray drive..

#24 - d3adliner - 126w ago
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Surprised no one has asked about swap tricks.

#23 - NTA - 126w ago
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Nice avatar atlask2. I have it buried somewhere in my harddrive lol

Cool videos. Did you use a regular screwdrivers or did you have the sony kit I've been seeing online?

#22 - technodon - 126w ago
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would like to see a nor backup from this board


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