Sony quietly releases a less noisy PS4 Pro

midian182

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In brief: With exclusive titles such as God of War, the PlayStation 4 continues to outsell the Xbox One. And for those with 4K TVs/monitors, the Pro version of Sony’s console is a popular choice—but it can be pretty loud. Now, the company has rolled out a new model, one that’s quieter than the PS4 Pros to have come before it.

Unless it’s a major update, companies tend not to make a big fuss about new console SKUs. As noted by Slash Gear, there’s already been one revision to the PS4 Pro’s launch model, and both reportedly suffer from “jet engine” fan noise.

With the latest revision of the Pro—the CUH-7200 version—the minimum noise level has been reduced from the original console’s 50 decibels to just 44 decibels. Even at its loudest point, the new machine will only hit 48 dB, which is still quieter than the previous PS4 Pro’s lowest noise output. However, it’s suspected that Sony has achieved this at the cost of thermal reduction, meaning this model may get a lot toastier than its predecessors.

There are no real visible differences between the CUH-7200 and previous versions. The only way to tell is to check the label or the back of the console, which now uses the same “figure 8” power plug as the PS4 Slim and Microsoft’s Xbox Ones.

For the moment, the quieter PS4 Pro is only available as part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle pack. A less noisy PS4 Pro is another good reason to buy one of the systems and play RDR2, or you could just wait for the game to come to PC.

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alabama man

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"A less noisy PS4 Pro is another good reason to buy one of the systems"

"However, it’s suspected that Sony has achieved this at the cost of thermal reduction, meaning this model may get a lot toastier than its predecessors."

I'd rather have more noise than less cooling. Thought about getting ps4 pro from sale once ps5 gets released but this makes me hesitate. Not that I would necessarily even use it, I just want to have all sony systems as I'm an *****.
 

Scshadow

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I find this article BS. I researched fan issues before buying my PS4 pro and Sony basically runs with 2 manufacturers for their system fan. Maybe its a quantity issue because it doesn't matter which model of PS4 is bought, some got Nidec fans, some got Delta fans. The gist? Delta fans suck. So maybe they've upped the count of Nidec fans. At the end of the day, I ended up with the Delta fan. I popped the top lid off my ps4 and confirmed it. But luckily, I've never heard enough fan noise to warrant replacing it on mine but you will see comparison videos on the internet confirming the difference in fan noise. So they ship out a few Nidec fans and suddenly a bunch of copy cat news stories pops up on the internet claiming less noisy PS4s. I just don't believe it. Cause really the fan issues overall are exaggerated to begin with but I doubt they are doing anything new.
 

Burty117

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I was lucky enough to get a Nidec fan but I still thought it was a bit loud at times, so I pulled the thing apart and used Liquid Metal and some better pads for the GDDR5 Chips. Now it's barely audible. Hell if I play Horizon Zero Dawn at 1080p, the fan barely spins. Only in 4k does the Fan need to really light up any more but it's more than tolerable now.