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PlayStation 4 Teardown P2

Date: 10-29-2016   Click: 4046

Step 13

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  • The Blu-ray/DVD drive is our next target, held in place by a couple screws.

  • Unfortunately, the PS4 is NOT backward-compatible with PS3, PS2 or PS1 games. This drive may spin your old discs, but it won't play them.

    • Oddly enough, it won't play music CDs, either, although this appears to be a mere software limitation that Sony plans to fix in a later update.

  • But who needs an optical drive at all anymore, now that we've harnessed the power of the cloud?

  • That being the case, Sony plans to launch a game-streaming service in 2014 powered by Gaikai tech, which will let you play PS3 games on a PS4. All the processing will be done ‘in the cloud’ by Sony’s servers, with just the video transmitted to your actual console.

  • That's all well and good, but let's get down to what we really care about: Can we play Crash Bandicoot?

Step 14

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  • This is the story of an optical drive and his board... Join them on a journey of discovery, to find out just what they're made of.

  • We found a few ICs on the optical drive board:

    • Renesas SCEI RJ832841FP1

    • Mitsumi 312 3536A

    • ROHM BD7763EFV 325 T62 Motor Driver IC

    • STM8ED 9H A07 VG MYS 331Z

Step 15

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  • In a race for the motherboard, we tear through a few screws securing the PS4's body.

    • We're peeling off panels like we're remodeling a vintage 1960s den.

  • We're so close; we can almost taste the chips (secretly, we're hoping they're Fully Loaded Baked Potato flavor).

    • Soon, motherboard, soon.

Step 16

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  • At long last, we get to crack open that glorious briefcase of brainpower and withdraw our treasure.

  • Unlike the motherboards we see in ever-slimming handheld devices, the PS4's motherboard flaunts uncluttered, rolling, green plains of fiberglass.

Step 17

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Fields of fresh ICs ripe for the picking!

  • SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) CXD90026G SoC (includes AMD "Jaguar" Cores and AMD Radeon GPU)

  • Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM (total of 8 x 512 MB = 4 GB)

  • SCEI CXD90025G Secondary/Low Power Processor for Network Tasks

  • Samsung K4B2G1646E-BCK0 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM

  • Macronix MX25L25635FMI 256Mb Serial Flash Memory

  • Marvell 88EC060-NN82 Ethernet Controller

  • SCEI 1327KM44S

Step 18

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They say the ICs are always greener on the other side...

  • Genesys Logic GL3520 USB 3.0 Hub Controller

  • Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM (total of 8 x 512 MB = 4 GB)

  • International Rectifier 35858 N326P IC2X

  • Macronix 25L1006E CMOS Serial Flash Memory

  • 39A207 1328 E1 3FU

Step 19

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  • What's that behind door number one, you ask?

    • Panasonic MN86471A HDMI Communication LSI

  • And door number two?

    • Marvell Wireless Avastar 88W8797 7 Integrated 2x2 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip SoC

    • Skyworks 2614B 315BB

  • These images are courtesy of Chipworks. Thanks guys!

Step 20

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  • The case is starting to look sparse as we evacuate the EMI shielding.

  • Determined to stay connected, the heat sink clung to the EMI shielding for dear life. It would not come apart.

Step 21

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  • At long last, the PS4's biggest fan!

    • Okay, yes, that was a bad pun. But it is a pretty great fan. Look at those curves.

  • Beauty is one thing, but this fan's also got function: it's designed to run smarter and quieter than the old PS3's wheezy windmill, spooling up and down gradually to keep the decibel count low.

Step 22

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Teardown finally complete, we throw the pieces down on the table in victory.

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