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Video: water-cooled PS3 laptop mod

By Emil ¬∑ 24 replies
May 30, 2011
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  1. PS3Hax member Pirate has finished his water-cooled laptop mod of the Sony PlayStation 3. It took him three years to design and build because he did not follow any tutorials…

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  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    Is there any point to it? It looks like a 10-15 year old laptop with the graphics to match.

    Grab a $1K laptop and a gamepad. Done.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,641   +1,107

    Good one, would be a ton better if not for all of Sony's PR disasters.

    Compliments to the modder, impecable work.
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,669   +1,921

    I think this was a better idea 3 years ago when he started. Novelty is also a factor... I've built plenty of useless things to simply see if I CAN build them and learn from building them. I'm impressed even though this is useless, good job ^^
  5. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 747   +270

    Idk, I mean firstly 3 years? I'm pretty sure I can build a T2000 with empty soda cans in 3 years.

    Why is the PSU external?
    Why did he use those ugly screws with the HUGE heads instead of smooth rivets or flat head screws?

    The time it took him just killed it I guess, maybe 3y ago this would have been more interesting.

    Also very biased since I despise consoles.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,283   +370

    You realize he built a game console ps3 from scratch right?
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    It's well made buy the looks of it but I think Ben Heck could make one quicker and smaller.
  8. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 513

    hello ...

    i know what you can do if you win it. give it to me, it will be at least 1 Pirate thingy in my collection .. anyway i'm sure you won't ... who would!

    i dare you give it to me :p

    & yes Ben Heck had 1 that really rules, when i'll get the required money I shall hire the guy to build 1 for me :p

  9. NeoFryBoy

    NeoFryBoy TS Rookie Posts: 72

    You mean from a ps3? It's a mod.
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,656   +410

    Unlikely. Repackaged a PS3, used standard existing connection for monitor, used bluetooth for the keyboard and rewired some switches. Yes, its unique. Yes, it's kinda cool. But no not built it from scratch from what I can see from the shots at the end of the video.

    Is there any point, No. A "portable" PS3 with water cooling and an external PSU. Not what I'd consider the most portable device. I used to carry a Shuttle PC and small monitor to a friends house in a backpack for gaming, but still wouldn't consider it portable. If it had a battery and could run without being plugged into a wall socket then it would have been more impressive.

    Hats off to the creator, probably more than I'd be able to do myself (without killing at least half a dozen perfectly good PS3s), but still wonder why bother :)
  11. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Wow, the price is $1.5k with still 9 days to go...

    Have to say it doesn't look very portable, it has the thickness and look of a brick. Still, props to the guy for originality though.
  12. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 845   +38

    I don't see you building one of these...don't think that gives you much room for talk :p
  13. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 765   +136

    He built it from a 40GB PS3 it implied so above. "The stock PS3 is a 40GB SKU (there was no PS3 slim when the project was started)" I mean it's a cool idea but I don't like the external HD, and it looks really heavy. The ps4 is already in development so I would think it would be better to use the grand or so on a really powerful laptop or desktop, than play awesome games like skyrum and BF3 in style.
  14. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 376   +46

    I'm going to have to agree with the notion of investing in a Gaming Laptop and calling it a day.
  15. They used a ribbon cable for the BD drive in the PS3? I assume that's IDE. Why would they not use SATA?
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,641   +1,107

    No they didnt Guest, thats why you have to put the discs backward-ish.
  17. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I think it looks cool and thumps up to this guy for building it.

    Dont be affraid to complement other ppl for doing things u might not see worthy spending your precious time with, but undoubtly has a degree of excellence....
  18. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Posts: 325   +13

    I built a computer into my nightstand, just so there would be no 'box' in the room anywhere, but I would have the power and flexibility of desktop vesus laptop. I have a small monitor that just looks like a picture frame on the nightstand, so even the computer monitor is unobtrusive.

    It took me a while because I have other things going on in my life. It was an interesting adventure, and I learned a few things.

    If you have a good idea, go for it. Ppl are doing lots of cool things with the Atom processors/motherboards.
  19. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    The disk has to go in upsidedown? Does this not cauce issues?
  20. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 766

    If you have a set of crafting-eyes, you can see how sloppy he has gotten to his ps3-portable, Nothing compared with someone's clean-modded xbox360 laptop.
  21. stan4

    stan4 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Well at least he's getting good money for this.

    And trolls are getting nothing for trolling, LOL.

    PS: I would NOT give a penny for it tho.
  22. @Lipe123 You do realize most if not all laptops have external power supplies right? Its the little black box (or white square for apple) that plugs into the wall.
  23. mcmurphy12

    mcmurphy12 TS Member Posts: 79

    Wouldn't that suck if it was damaged during shipping? It's not like it is replaceable ...
  24. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 766


    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,586   +700

    Not impressed... why not show us whats inside, a little how you did it? I'm not saying give away all the secrets, but this proves nothing really. And this thematic/climactic music is really over-playing the whole video, making it appear more lame than it is.

    My opinion... take it with a grain of salt.

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