Originally Posted by imadude10
Yeah, I never knew PS3's had overheating problems. My 160Gb stays cool (I guess, the exhaust isn't hot, but warmish.) and stays absolutely silent.
Just like the older 360's the older PS3 have the same issue with solder joints breaking (I haven't really seen anything wide spread about the slim models of either system, but that's not to say it's not there as well). It generally takes longer to present itself though. I recently had my launch model yellow light on me. I only personally know one person that has a launch model that hasn't yellow lighted yet, but he rarely plays his system. My systems are cleaned out regularly and don't really have much dust buildup so that's never been an issue. Anyone that's seen console repair shops would know how often this really happens. MS and Sony both dropped the ball with their cooling designs.
The fans generally spin at fairly low RPM and don't properly kick up to the rate they really should be at. This is why it's typically fairly silent and the air is only slightly warm. If you kick up the fan speed you'll see how much warm air it really spits out. The air should never be hot, and if it is actually hot then something is wrong. However, some have PS3 where the fan stays in high gear most of the time. This mod is very beneficial to extend the life of older systems.
To the topic creator, I'd love to see how you modded yours. I don't really like how my fan mod is done. I had my fan modded when I had my system reflowed, but my mod is very touchy. The way it's wired is a little strange. Please post a video because I'm terrible with figuring out how to wire things and the posts I've seen elsewhere really don't describe it in a way that's really clear to me.Edited by Ricdeau - 12/24/10 at 12:22pm