I got really tired of the incredibly loud 'jet engine' sound which was coming from my v7 ps2. First I thought about adding a 80mm zalman fan on the cover of the ps2 but then I started thinking about the airflow situation; If I'd stop the original fan from sucking the warm air from the power supply it would definetily not be a good thing.
So, I changed my plan and did a different kind of mod:
- I used my trusty Dremel to cut away the plastic grill which was in front of the original fan. Then I tried to run the ps2 with the original fan to see if the new improved airflow would have lowered the noise level.
Well, the sound was a little bit different but still as loud as hell. I had to go further.
- I remembered that I had a 12V 60mm Everflow fan lying around somewhere which was left out from a previous CPU cooler mod. The dimensions are almost the same exept for the depth but that wasn't a problem since I already had cut the fan grill off.
- I cut the wires from the original fan and soldered them to the wires of the Evercool fan and isolated them with tape.
- Then I just fixed the fan in place with some tape and put the whole thing back together.
Result: Nearly a noiseless PS2. The only sound coming from the PS2 is from the Seagate HDD.
Of course, a completely silent fan makes one think about the airflow capabilities. Well the airflow is much lower when I put my hand in front of the fan. After a few hours of FlatOut and some other games, the air coming from the fan is just warm and not even hot so things are looking good so far.
Here's a picture of the result. It may not be that pretty but it works.