New CUH-1200 PS4 model contains less high-capacity memory modules, produces less heat and noise

Images from a tear down of the all-new CUH-1200 PS4 hardware revision have surfaced on the internet, revealing some rather exciting changes to the console’s internal design. When the new model was first announced, it was revealed that the console would now consume 8% less power as compared to the original design. Considering how it’s a little too early for an APU die shrink, the only other logical assumption was a reduction in the number of memory modules on the PS4’s motherboard.

The console’s original design had a total of 16 memory modules, with 8 chips housed on each side of the motherboard. Each of these memory chips has a capacity of 512MB. The layout can be seen in the images below (courtesy of Ifixit).

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Thanks to these latest images from a Japanese blog, we can now confirm that the new CUH-1200 PS4 model does indeed come with a different memory configuration. Based on the new design, there are a total of 8 memory modules, all of which are housed on one side of the motherboard. Each of these new modules have a capacity of 1GB. The new layout can be observed in the images below.

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In the last image, it can be seen that there are no memory modules arranged around the APU. The manufacturer of these new memory chips is Samsung (model #: K4G80325FB-HC03). In turn, a total of 8 of these chips yields the same total unified memory of 8GB that was present on the original PS4 motherboard with 16 modules, but with a lower power draw and less production of heat as well as noise.

We’ll keep you posted on any other internal hardware changes that are spotted in the new PS4 design. In the meanwhile, let us know what you think of these refinements to the PS4 hardware in the comments below.

Muhammad Ali Bari

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  • The PC Master Race

    Yet still 30FPS and has no games.

    Bravo, Sony.

  • sublimetalmsg

    They still have the same fan in there but its going to be much quieter? My ram gets pretty loud I thought it was impossible to lower those dbs. Good job Sony….lol

  • John Nemesh

    What I really want to know is if they upgraded the wifi and the ethernet chipset. Those 2 seemed to be the main weaknesses in the 1st gen hardware.

    • Dave Birkhead

      They didn’t. I just grabbed a PS4. It ended up being a 1116a model, but its very fine for me. No issues. I may upgrade if they release a CPU die shrink model. My guess is that will still be a couple of years or so off yet though. Very happy with this one in the mean time and an upgrade will depend on what the new console looks like more than anything else for me.

  • 1-800-Hisoka

    Well. I want a slim downsize comparable to the ps2 slim. psone. Not the ps3 which the slim models were barely smaller

  • TakerWillReturn

    “Images from a tear down of the all-new CUH-1200 PS4 hardware revision have surfaced on the internet,”

    The I in Internet is always capitalized. It is a proper noun, singular. It is a place.

    • justerthought


    • Dave Birkhead

      You are correct, it should be capitalised, though I never refer to my country as “The UK”, lol… wait what am I saying!? Of course I do….! There is actually a lower case form from which The Internet gets its name. In networking, an internet connection used to mean a connection between 2 or more networks prior to The Internet’s dawn. Essentially the name refers to the serial connection between multiple networks that is the technology upon which The Internet was based.

  • shakengandulf

    The board actually looks a lot smaller comparing them side by side.
    Almost nothing is the same, theres also a lot of holes that must help with ventilation.
    Pretty cool.

    • Travis Prebble

      Using the drive connector as a sizing key, I threw together this overlay to show the size difference. They really have chopped quite a bit off the motherboard.

      • shakengandulf

        Wow, thanks..was hoping to find an overlay.
        Appreciate it.

  • Guest

    I don’t know about “much quieter and much cooler”, more like slightly cooler and hopefully quieter.

    • sunny

      Lol yeah the guy’s exaggerating abit

      • Soylent_Beige

        Depends on what you class as ‘much quieter and much cooler’.

        Have read several tests that record reductions of 4-6dB (25-33%), which is a respectable improvement in noise levels. Tests seem to indicate that power use during gameplay, can be as much as 18% less, rather then the stated 8%. That can only lead to noticeably less heat being produced.

    • Christian Dixon

      I have never had a noise issue with either of my PS4’s.

      • Allen

        Just the disk spinning is all I hear

      • Darrell Kilpatrick

        My ps4 sounds like a damn Jet is taking off and I’m playing on games that I downloaded digitally without any disk in the blu ray drive.

        • Christian Dixon

          Is your PS4 well ventilated and in a cool location? Or is it possible that it’s dusty inside? I have a dust problem in my basement where my PS4’s are kept so I got to dust often down there.

          • Darrell Kilpatrick

            It’s out in the open it’s a day 1 system though.

        • justerthought

          Mine is very quiet. Do you live in an extremely hot country or have the console inside a closed shelving system because that does not sound normal.

          The optical disc is not used much now after the game is transferred to the hard drive. It’s only use for verification. Whether you buy digitally or retail disc, games are played off the hard drive now for fast data access, so more heat comes from the mechanical spinning hard drive than the optical disc.

          • Darrell Kilpatrick


  • Jason Mounce

    Now that’s quite a damn difference, am sure that’d make PS4 MUUUCH more quiet and cooler. Some unoptimized games could make PS4 pretty damn hot.