Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Software > Console Gaming

· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· AMD Video Cards
· Nvidia
· Displays
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Home and Garden
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2015
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions

Thread Tools
Old 11-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #26
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1

I had just replaced the cooling fan in my fat 80 Gig bc ps3 because it kept over heating and would get really loud and shut down on me. I used a 19 blade TailsMoon Whisper fan and replaced the thermal paste and it runs really cool now. But i found that the new fan would rub on the heat sink making a really loud grinding noise so I had to add some small washers between the fan and the heat sink which seems to have stoped the grinding. I do find the fan to be loud though I have the ps3 laying down in a very open space it doesn't seem to kick into the high gear like it did before(which was really loud like a jet taking off). I do still find it louder then the 360 and the ps3 slim and i'm not really sure why does anyone have any ideas.
Messingarround is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:09 AM   #27
Super Moderator
Elite Member
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Rockledge, Fl
Posts: 20,047

Originally Posted by kazaam View Post
You could probably clean off the old thermal pad/paste and add something nicer like AS5. I've heard that helps if you're willing to do it.
Good advice. Just serviced my Launch 60GB. The thermal pad had completely dried out and was compressed out to the edges of the Cell and RSX. The fan was hitting so many rpm it sounded like a hair dryer. I suspect it was at 100% speed. And it was still not getting the job done because of the poor heat transfer. The difference in how warm the air being pushed out the vents is, before and after the servicing, is significant. Noise level is now greatly reduced, and conduction will improve as it breaks in.

I had not bothered to look at any pics of the internals. So, I was impressed with how seriously they took the cooling solution. There was no dust in the fins or on the fan either. Seems to shed it very well. In fact the very small amount of dust accumulation anywhere in the unit after years of use, was very surprising.

So, clean the old, dry, pad stuff away. Hit is with some 99% ipa, apply new t.i.m. and problem should be resolved. You should see further improvement yet, in fan rpms, as the t.i.m. breaks in.

If not, the fan is borked, as another poster noted.
DAPUNISHER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #28
PS3 Fanboy
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1

I have two (60GB) CECHC models of which one is a bit newer. Both did have YLOD and I have had one permanently fixed. Using lead solder, which happens to be safer than non-leaded solder (do your research, RoHS never took into account other factors than lead). I do not need to have the YLOD fixed on the other PS3 just yet unless it gets worse or if I get tired of it because it only happens when I either restart or start back up when itís been warm, kind of weird, so could just be a whiskers (NASA's own wording) of the non-lead solder creating a short, but not so sure really.

The PS3 that has had its YLOD repair is the one that has a fan as loud as a jet engine, it actually sounds like a jet engine does when it is warming up at the airport ready to go. When I turn it on it is silent but after a few seconds if I use XMB menu it will start to increase slightly audible then when I load a game or app it will go louder again until it is in full throttle jet engine mode when I start using some power of the components. I see the PSU as the main output of heat.

Not sure what you guys mean when you said it is passive cooling for PSU? Unless we use a fanless and or water cooled one with heatsink it is not passive. I see PC fanless PSU referred to as being passive cooling.

I bought an external cooler for the silent PS3 I have that suffers from YLOD, I have it plugged into its own USB power source so when I switch it off it still cools for as long as I need and while powered on it cools slightly better, but not so good because of the poor design of the PS3 PSU. I know it works well because it will allow me to boot up my PS3 again right after a gaming session if I want, so I just let it run for 1-2 mins then start PS3 again if I need to. Also I feel the heat coming out faster so it works well but it isn't going to cool it down a great deal more. I just see noisy fans as a fault as my silent one doesn't get any hotter than my noisy fixed PS3 does. They are different though because I measured their power use and as I remember the PS3 with silent fan uses about 30W more when idle. Say my other one uses 150W then the other uses 170W. Not sure why, maybe itís just because it is an older model and not as energy efficient.

I also have a broken PS3 and taken that apart and it has dust, but again it is YLOD and needs fixing or selling as is. I think it is to do more with the model its date of manufacture and the number of blades on the fan used. We know the larger the diameter of a fan the quieter it is. My 120mm fan in my PC is silent, a reliable fan should last at least 30,000 hours.

Now back to my other two PS3s.
The one that has been fixed for YLOD was brand new refurbished Sony repair. The actual case is brand new and everything is as far as I know. Not sure what they replace or fix but I thought maybe Sony thought it wise to make fan rev up at full speed at lower temps, so I was thinking since Sony have had their hands on it they did this deliberately thinking it may prevent a YLOD which it never will. Every PS3 and most electronics will always fail because of non-leaded solder. XBOX360 has about a 66% fail rate whereas PS3 is only 2% or something like. This is still a lot though. Maybe the PS3 fail rates are out of date, I don't know.

I am really not sure what to do. I will see if a replacement fan will fix the noisy PS3 and if not then it has to be a fault with the sensor as you were saying, but I doubt this because it being a Sony refurb they would not send a faulty repair out.

I've seen some fit water cooling to their PS3 or just to use external PSU. And I think everything should have the option of allowing external PSU anyway, especially a PC.

Originally Posted by Fallen Kell View Post
I have one of the original 1st gen fat's (the 60GB model which essentially had everything), and have yet to run into a problem. It may be that I am lucky, or more likely that I keep it clean. I replaced my thermal paste about a year ago (3-4 years and most pastes are done). Every 4-6 months I take it apart and clean it out, checking that the fan can still spin freely without ball-bearing noise.

You need to think of it more in terms of a PC than a console... If the fan is spinning up that high, there is probably a reason. You either have poor air flow, bad contact on the heatsinks, or a failing thermal sensor.
PS3 Fanboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2012, 12:02 AM   #29
SaDiZTiKStyLeZ's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 10,587

pee on it
I understand your opinion. I just don't care about it...
Youtube | GameTZ | HeatWare
SaDiZTiKStyLeZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2013, 05:14 AM   #30
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1
Default PS3 Phat Noise

Also I have noise problems!

Its very annoying! What can I do to fix it?

The things I do myself is:
- Replace the old fan for an new one 19 blades
- new thermal paste
- Clean the inside

What next?
markske is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Alpha 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.