Here is how to keep your PS3 cool, quiet and long living

PS3-Sense posted some tips about keeping your PS3 cool, quiet and long living. Some of them are really useful so its worth taking a look at it.

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Saaking3051d ago

They're a very small minority. Most PS3s are very quiet

prabx3051d ago

im part of that minority unfortunately :(

f7897903051d ago

Mind was silent when beside my tv, but when I moved it to it's own section on an open shelf it got loud because the hot air just circulated in that small space.

LiL T3051d ago

That first pic is a fail unless he has the fan sucking out air because thats the exhaust side. I have my PS3 raised on a couple old ps2 games but it has been on since launch (it gets reset for FW updates thats it) and never had any prolems.

iamtehpwn3051d ago

My 40gb PS3 oddly gets hotter/louder then all my friend's PS3s.
Not sure why though. >_<

MmaFanQc3051d ago

we only see the front in the horizontal position and only the back of the console in the vertical position....

accurate accurate?!?

will113051d ago

I got my 60gb the first day it came out and it is very loud and gets very hot. I am thinking of buying a PS3 slim just for this reason

Winter47th3051d ago

It's already cool, quiet and long living.

N4G king3051d ago

damn that white PS3 looks sexy
i saw all the colors in the stores
but i have a black one

anyway on topic

my ps3 still runs as if it was new

Megaton3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

My refurb goes to vacuum cleaner status if it's warm inside the house. My original PS3 YLOD'd when the fan was quiet and it was cold inside the house. When it wants to die, it'll die.

Ocelot5253051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

mine died 2 months ago, but it was my own fault, I sometimes played 14 hours was 4 months out warranty but:
you only need your receipt.

here the link for repair in the BeNeLux:

for people who live in other countries:
-option 1: immigrate to belgium or the netherlands (we have free healthcare and cookies)
-option 2: search for the link for free repair for your country, it will be a b!tch to find, you won't find the link on the official PSsite

Nikuma3051d ago

I had my PS3 on for about 3 months straight and it never got hot or noisy. O_o The thing was literally on 24/7, if I wasn't playing a game it was doing folding @ home. 80gig BC MGS4 bundle PS3.

SaiyanFury3051d ago

The early model PS3s do, in fact, put out a lot of heat, and while they don't get loud it doesn't hurt to get rid of that excess heat. I have a small 9" metal blade fan blow on my PS3, and on my original model Xbox 360 when I play them to blow away the ambient heat around my systems when I play them. Now my newer 80GB PS3 puts out no heat at all from the top vent (I stand it on it's side). Interesting redesign, I was quite surprised. I can leave it on for hours and I'll never feel a change in heat coming from that vent, nor will I hear the internal CPU fan.

Multi-Console Owner3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

Q: How do you keep your PS3 cool, quiet and long living?

A: Operate it under normal conditions.

PS3s work just fine when they're operated without any modifications. I play mine for 10 hours at a time and it's more quite than my dead grandpa 3 states away and blows out cool air the whole time! This isn't the console that overheats from sitting at it's main-menu, sounds like a jet engine when sending a message and dies for absolutely no reason.

Wiitactics3051d ago

My PS3 slim run super quite but it still gets hotter than my old 60GB model, believe it or not. =(

ThanatosDMC3051d ago

The old ones get hot but they remain quiet. Not as loud as a 360 in a nice air conditioned room. The Slim would probably the coolest and quietest one yet.

barom3051d ago

My 60gb gets actually pretty hot and pretty loud (especially during the summer). But it's still not as bad as my brother's 360 (when the disc drive is spinning).

That said I remember reading up on this and came along some article about the PS3s being produced with two different fans. One 15-blade and one 19-blade. The 15-blade is the one that's fairly loud and the 19-blade is quiet (most people said they had to literally put their ear close to it to hear it. I can attest to this as I have (likely) the 15-blade that gets fairly loud once it gets going, and my friends and my brother has a really really quiet PS3.

I'd feel bad since I'm the odd one out of the bunch but I have hardware ps2 bc, which none of them have. So that's how I pat myself in the back everytime I hear the fan going off.

Real Gambler3051d ago

Wow, an article showing how to prolong the life of the PS3, yet, they show a fan blowing the HOT air BACK INTO the PS3... Yes, he is showing the air flow correctly (yellow arrow), so if you would like to "help" the PS3, the fan is backward...

This thing is designed well to evacuate the heat by itself. Forget extra fans, you can even forget the coke cans. Just put it where the hot air coming out of the console can get away easily. Don't squeeze it somewhere, make sure the air flow is good and let the huge internal fan do his job!

DaTruth3051d ago

Mine gets hot, but doesn't really get loud unless I'm [email protected]; Which I don't do anymore because of that. I'd like to help, but not at the expense of my 60gig with EE.

BLuKhaos3051d ago

Yeah I think that's what sent a lot of PS3's to an early grave.That's the main reason why I never left my PS3 running on [email protected]

shadow27973051d ago

Does anyone actually do that fan test? I'm interested if it would be worth it.

My 80 Gb gets pretty loud and hot. It didn't use to. Nowhere near my 360's volume, but still loud enough to worry me. I'm interested in doing a fan test and then vacuuming like the article said. Good idea?

Kleptic3051d ago

yeah I have a hard time understanding what is 'loud' and what isn't...I have a 60gb from march 2007...the fan speed/noise has never changed since I bought it...but i can definitely hear it, and at one apartment i lived in a while ago the fan would really get going on hot afternoons (AC sucked there)...

but in most conditions I can barely hear it from across the room...after a few hours of gaming, the system is 'warm', but never overly hot or anything...and the ps3 is quieter than most desktop computers im around...

but some people do claim they can't hear their ps3 at all...thats not my case, the fan changes speed somewhat often, and when it gets going I can easily hear it from 10 feet away...its not distracting or anything...but is that normal? little cousin has a 360, and that thing is ridiculously loud always...its nothing like that...but i haven't been around any ps3's yet that were quiter than compared to a dvd player or something the ps3 is loud...but compared to almost any computer its that how it is for most of you?...

AKNAA3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

[email protected] the add ons! I just place a 9" fan behind my 80g model and tada! keeps it cool for as long as you have it on. No issues at all! BTW, I don't know anybody with a PS3 that failed yet...

@ real gambler
"Wow, an article showing how to prolong the life of the PS3, yet, they show a fan blowing the HOT air BACK INTO the PS3"

I've been doing that for over a year and by experience, I'd say that its safe considering my PS3 is in use for either gaming, blu-rays, dvd movies or web browsing 6-12 hrs. a day.
just recently I placed my fan behind the PS3 cause it seems to blow the hot air away alittle better.

ThanatosDMC3050d ago

Do not try the "fan test" that's bad for your PS3.

Kassanova073050d ago

60 gig bought at launch. Runs like a swiss watch.

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Ron_Burgundy3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

not having to do anything at all, with no hassle, that's how you keep it cool, quiet and long living

unlike the flopbox, that's hot as hell, jet engine sounds, and short lived right out of the box

you have to put a whole ac unit or a fan in front of the flopbox

my favorite one that the bots like is the wet towel method :P :P :P

Saaking3051d ago

I want a way to shut my 360 up. It's like a goddamned airliner in my room.

DonCorneo3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

don't turn it on; just leave it off


Marty83703051d ago

Shot the Crapbox in the bin. Out of sight, out of mind. lol

Solans Scott3051d ago

Good article. I'm going to try elevating the system to see if it stays cooler. I don't have problems with overheating but if it means a drop in temperature I'm all for it.

Raptors3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

I tried everything and nothing worked for me. 2 40 gigs, 2 loud ps3's. Im on a slim right now and so far so good...Personally I think its a bigger problem than ppl are willing to admit...

RememberThe3573051d ago

My 80gb is pretty quiet but it also gets pretty damn hot.I can't hear it at all when I'm playing Killzone 2 with my surround sound on blast. But when I just put on a movie to help me sleep it is kind of annoying to hear it going. So it might just be relative.

Jazz41083050d ago

Im on my 100th ps3. just kidding still my first, I forgot we were not talking about the 360 lol.

qwertyuiopasdfghjkl3051d ago (Edited 3051d ago )

The only real prevented measure you can take is to keep your PS3 or 360 in a well ventilated area. Try to avoid entertainment cabinets with enclosed spaces or doors. You might be sacrificing your entertainment center looks, but a working console is a great benefit.

Edit: It also helps knowing the internal layout of the system, and what your best option would be to support them.

For instance, when vertical, the PS3 Fat's hard drive is located on the bottom. This can cause the heat from the drive to travel upwards through the internal components. When placed horizontal however, the heat stays in the HDD area and vented out the back.

Next its good to know where the exhaust and intakes are. For my 60gb Fat, I know the majority of heat is pumped out the back, while the cool air intake is taken from the front. With some air being taken from and relieved at the top.

BaSeBaLlKiD7213051d ago

now i understand why it seems to get hotter when standing up... lol

CobraKai3051d ago

That's good to know. I didn't know about the HDD. I kept it vertical so the heat can escape through the top and out the back. I guess I'll lay it down now.