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

Reviews Editor at GearNuke

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