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Pirate’s PS3 Water-Cooled Laptop/Portable Mod

Posted by Mohd Khairun Nasir Saadi On - - 0 comments

PSHax member - Pirate had finished his water-cooled notebook PS3 mod. He replace the heatsinks water-cooling. It had a built-in keyboard and speakers, a 500GB hard drive, and a 720p / 1080i screen. Pirate's put it on eBay for $1,500.

Well after 3 years of working on it, I am finally ready to unveil my second PS3 portable which I am titling “Pirate’s PS3 Water-cooled Portable/Laptop”. As the name suggests this is a water-cooled PS3 in a portable form, fully equipped with its own reservoir, pump and radiator.

Features in this portable include:

* Water cooled with easy accessible reservoir
* HD: 720p/1080i screen (via HDMI)
* 4x USB
* 500 gb HDD
* External PSU
* Built in keyboard
* Built in speakers with volume controls with 2.5mm headphone jack.
* The stock PS3 was a 40gb SKU (there was no PS3 slim when I started the project).
* Dimensions are 16.75”x13”x2.5” (16.75”x13”x3.5”with lid closed)
* Weighs ~15lbs.

The case was all constructed from scratch. It features an aluminum base plate, and the rest of the material used was sintra/komatex. The case was routed via CNC machines with designs created in Adobe Illustrator.

The questions some of you may be asking why water-cool the PS3? The reason for water-cooling the system was to redesign the cooling to fit in a small case (which is significantly thinner than previous portable I made). Water-cooling the PS3 allowed me to get rid of the clunky heatsinks which was responsible for cooling stock PS3s. Only 4x40mm fans were used in cooling the entire system.

Another question I often get is why does a PS3 game/CD go backwards? That is because it was the only way to get the drive to fit inside the case without having to manually extend the PS3 bluray cable/ribbon.

I did not follow any tutorial when creating this, nor will I be providing one – it was done all for fun, and experimentation (why is why it took so long -.-). For those interested you can check out my work log of this project HERE. Also a shout out to the members at Overclock.net for helping me find many of the components, research and techniques I used to make this project possible. If you’re interested in tackling a project such as this feel free to ask on the forums and I will be more than glad to guide you in the right direction.

This PS3 Laptop/Portable is on sale at eBay, so if you’re interested, there’s a link below to the bidding. If you wish to buy it now, contact me through the forums (here) and we can talk from there :) . A percentage of the funds (minus costs) will proceed to relief efforts for the Joplin, Missouri tornado and rest will go to server/renovations to PS3Hax.net

Thanks for looking, let me know what you guys think


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