Sony has quietly overhauled the internals of its newly revised PS5. The latest model, which went on sale in Australia last week, bears the CFI-1200 number and is touted to be 200 grams lighter than the original CFI-1100 variant. Tech Youtuber Austin Evans took on the challenge of tearing down a revamped PS5 console and revealing its internals to figure out what’s changed. Key highlights include changes to the heatsink and an updated motherboard, while the outer plastic shroud remains the same.
Last year, Evans tore down the CFI-1100 model PS5, sparking controversy after claiming the smaller heatsink could cause horrific thermal throttling issues. This theory was dismissed by Digital Foundry, stating that the temperature flow was the same as the launch model CF-1000. Interestingly, these new, lighter PS5 models started appearing in stores in Australia shortly after Sony raised prices in select markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. PS5 prices in India and the US remain unchanged.
New PS5 1200 model according to Evans teardown and testing painting 20–30W less power, while providing “roughly” the same noise and heat output. The updated motherboard is two inches smaller, while the cooling system adds a heatpipe to compensate for the smaller heatsink. These changes result in the PS5 weighing 3.3kg, which is about 200g lighter than the release model CFI-1000. Keep in mind that these values apply to the digital discless variant of the console.
The SSD casing has also changed, with Sony trimming the PCB (printed circuit board) to expose the casing to improve cooling. Going back to the motherboard, Sony has now hidden the CMOS battery under the heatsink – it was exposed before. This means that any time you need to reset/restart your PlayStation 5 (due to a crash) or just diagnose it, you’ll need to disassemble the entire console in order to use it. Evans also noted that Sony has reduced the cost of interior packaging, making it lighter and cheaper to produce.
On Wednesday, Sony also released a new PS5 software update that includes support for 1440p resolutions, new game listing features and UI improvements. The company began testing these features in July, and players running the beta software can access them. The update lets PS5 owners choose a 1440p output resolution on compatible monitors, allowing supported games to run at that native resolution.