The only noise you want to hear when playing a console game is the audio coming out of your TV. But all games consoles have fans to keep them cool while pumping out 1080p or 4K visuals. If you want a completely silent console, it’s time to start modding, and that’s exactly what one gamer did to his PS4 Slim.
FanlessTech pointed us in the direction of the modder in question who goes by the name FanlessGuy on Facebook. The PS4 you see pictured above looks nothing like the PS4 Slim it is based on, but it sounds completely different. The only noise coming from this console happens when a game disc spins. There are no fans, and therefore zero noise output if a game is running from internal storage rather than disc.
FanlessGuy used a combination of aluminum, wood, and stone to replace the active with passive cooling. The noisy hard drive was also replaced with a silent-running SSD. As well as looking like a piece of art, this fanless PS4 Slim has apparently been running faultlessly for the past six months.
It may weigh 10.4 kilograms and be quite a bit bigger than a PS4 Slim (360-by-290-by-140mm), but it actually runs cooler than the original. FanlessGuy states that under load (81 Watts) the unmodded PS4 Slim can reach temperatures as high as 66 degrees Celsius. His fanless version can run Doom for hours and never goes past 51 degrees, that’s despite a power draw of 83 Watts.
FanlessGuy believes the same fanless design could be tweaked for the PS4 Pro. He has also considered making the Xbox One fanless, but is unsure as to whether the hard drive can be replaced with an SSD. It’s also important to note this isn’t his first fanless console. Back in 2013 he performed a similar passive cooling mod to a PS3 Super Slim.