Is your PS5 louder than you expected? Your console may have a lower-grade cooling fan inside, suggests a new report.
French tech website Les Numériques revealed that not all PlayStation 5 units are created the same, after the outlet noticed a difference in the noise presented by the review unit as Sony gave them supplied and a second unit purchased through a traditional retail channel.
The site then proceeded to take down several other PS5 consoles and found that the fans inside the five units were completely different from each other.
As shown in the image below, the fan that would be the loudest retail model has 17 blades, while the press unit fan would have 23 slightly thinner blades.
While the exact airflow provided by each fan is difficult to quantify, it is generally assumed that fans with fewer blades have to work harder and spin faster to get air through, which leads to a noisier fan. generally.
As our sister site Tom’s Hardware pointed out, the finding calls into question the usefulness of many existing PS5 knockdown tests, as they may no longer accurately reflect what users might expect from consoles purchased at retail.
That said, as long as your PS5’s fan effectively cools the console it’s connected to, Sony is unlikely to issue a replacement.
If you want to see which fan is inside your PS5, you can see it quite easily without voiding your console’s warranty by blowing up the white side panels.