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Post By ConorrChapple
YLOD Preventive Maintenance?
YLOD Preventive Maintenance? –
Have an old system (CECHA01) which has been very reliable, but
have heard of the YLOD and RLOD, which seem to be due to
heat problems. Have also heard about systems overheating and
even being damaged by the latest release of the Elder Scrolls
series, again presumably due to heat. Clearly, regular cleaning of
the vents and checking of the fans for any computer is necessary.
I see commentary around about replacing the thermal grease on
the CPU and GPU.
Is there any consensus on this?
I've been an electronics buff for more years than I like to think about
(1965 or so) and I've not heard that thermal grease ever needs replacement,
unless it's been disturbed.
Anyone here with real knowledge about this subject?
In most video game consoles the thermal grease they use is pretty much the worst quality you will find.
Also I have seen many bad applications with either so much that its seeping out at the sides or half the chip is just dry because it was applied so poorly.
Good thermal grease is expensive which is probably why they don't use it, but it conducts heat much better and tends not to dry or cake up like the bad stuff.
If you do attempt to reapply:
Before you put everything back together, reapply the heatsink and tighten it, then remove it again to make sure the new grease on the chips are making contact with the sink. Sometimes people need to add copper shims because there is too much space in the middle.
There are a few other options as well to improve your cooling. From a hardware standpoint there are various fan control devices out there, the one I've used somehow costs $130 on ebay right now, not sure what the deal is with that, it wasn't anywhere close to that price before. There are aftermarket fans also that tend to run around $30.
If you have CFW there is a fan control application that works really well also and comes with a custom payload that is meant to aim for a lower peak temperature.
There is also a manual mode where you can just set the fan to a constant speed and adjust it until you get temps you're comfortable with.
For me I went from 75C to 52C CPU with a constant speed set at 0x7f (50%) on a PS3 with otherwise stock cooling.
Now I know why my PS3 was very very loud playing Skyrim only , I tried many other games but it didn't get loud unless it was Skyrim
my ps3 runs at 78-82 C after one hour playing any game I know that's hot , I've been wanting to use the fan mod by (Estwald?) but doesn't it wear the fan out ?
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Originally Posted by qwillis
It probably puts more stress on the fan depending on how hard you run it, at 50% though the noise isn't too crazy and the temps are a big improvement.
In the worst case though I would rather burn the fan out if I have too than burn out a processor.
For the manufactures it probably adds up to a lot because of the volume they need, the stuff they use is probably dirt cheap to cut costs
Originally Posted by ConorrChapple
Bought a used unit that I intend to hax the crap out of (well, the initial legwork was done for me) but is the YLOD a major concern with PS3 slims or something? I'd hate to think my heap is gonna burn out shortly after I've gotten it.
Slims are alot less prone to failures but its still possible, if you are getting high tempature look at a fan mod or new thermal paste
Originally Posted by Aesir
All right, thanks Conorr.