1. iVirtualPlays

    OP iVirtualPlays Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    United Kingdom
    This guide will mention the Original Xbox, Xbox One, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4,

    Though it is not necessary to do these minor mods, but if you like the idea of refurbing your old game system by replacing aging components with new/better-performing ones or you don’t like that loud fan you games console gives out. Then this guide will go into detail with those refurbs, upgrades and replacement options.

    Other Guides:
    Soldering Tips and getting started

    Console Repair Guide:

    Fans (Summary after further testing, i only recommend Noctua fan mods for the Dreamcast it’s actually an upgrade, Og Xbox 1.0 GPU Heatsink, the Noctua A4 likely also performs better than the original 40mm fan and maybe even the Gamecube if your fan is really loud, but will not perform aswell as the original Nidec fan since it is smaller. The rest, i do not recommend due to its poor performance. It’s best to just find a direct replacement, or to refurb the original fan. As for the Xbox One don’t know, looks like it’s going to perform better)
    So i thought i make a guide to improving the cooling, quietness and the efficiency of your now classic game systems. As well as replacing the fan with another suitable replacement, which i see many fan replacement guides get wrong. Many people are too fixated on the quietness of the fan and end up ignoring the more important details by replacing the original fans in these old games consoles like the PS2 which has a 7v fan with 12v fan or a low rpm fan (Gamecube, Xbox and the Xbox One use 12v fans) and what this does is it performs significantly worse, due to the lack of voltage being supplied or lack of airflow. And make sure to always look at the specifications of the original fan before replacing it. Look at the rpm, voltage, airflow, sound and compare that to the the replacement fan. The original fan is likely to be a Nidec or a Delta fan. I recommend always refurbing the original or replacing it with a direct replacement.

    So when it comes to the fan, you can either track a direct replacement or switch it out with something else. Or you can refurb the original, so it can run better and produce less noise. Great
    for irreplaceable proprietary fans like with the PS3 and PS4.
    I recommend cleaning the fan with a soft brush/Q-Tip dipped in 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and use this Gear Grease to make your original fan run quieter may need to figure how to grease the fan or may need to take it apart. Listing: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100...earchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_
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    Gamecube Fan replacement options
    So let's start with the Gamecube it uses a 50mm Nidec D05U-12TS1 12v fan. You can either find a direct replacement, refurb the original that will run quieter and perform better, or you can replace it with a Noctua A4x10 12v. It's one of the best if not the best 40mm fan you can buy. Plus it's quieter but it is smaller and will not cool as well as the original though the difference may likely be minor. The specs of the fan is here https://noctua.at/en/nf-a4x10-flx Probably may look into ways to increase the fan speed of the Noctua perhaps using some adaptor or a resistor. Noctua fan bracket: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4653948
    50mm fan bracket: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3117104

    As for the 50mm fan mods for the Gamecube many that people are recommend aren't as reliable as the Noctua. Personally, i prefer the original or a direct replacement. If you know of any great 50mm fans let me know.
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    Sony PlayStation 2 Fan Replacement Options
    With the PS2 i was able to find one person who offers a Noctua fan mod. The listing can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/203261375555?hash=item2f53527443:g:eg0AAOSwN2ZgE1lA

    But before you buy the fan, the person is using the wrong fan. It requires 12v and the original fan runs at 7v. Noctua does sell an A6X25 5v version of that fan specs: https://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a6x25-5v You will have to switch it out or wait for the seller to do it himself. But i think may still perform worse than the original. As for the original fan, it is a Nidec D06R-07B1S1 there should be plenty of other similar replacements out there aswell or you can refurb the original fan for it to run quieter.
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    Sega Dreamcast fan replacement options
    The uses a tiny fan and so replacing it with a bigger 5v Noctua A4X10 with 3d printed brackets will likely make a big difference in cooling. Many kits are available only. But it is recommended to solder in a 10k resistor to the fan connector or to see if there is a solderless adaptor included instead. If you have an ODE installed there is also this bracket that allows for you to solder in a second fan. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4742830
    Noctua fan bracket:
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    Original Xbox Fan Replacement Options
    Make sure to remove the leaky clock cap in your Xbox unless it's a 2004 model 1.6.

    Also recommend softmodding, Tsop modding or modchipping your OG Xbox since it fully opens up your console such as being able to use emulators, switch out the harddrive, play games off the hard drive there are plenty of guides online. I recommend this bracket if you install SATA HDD with this adaptor. These adaptors can short out the drive if it isn't isolated. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3791879

    The Og Xbox isn't a passively cooled system unlike the above consoles, the Xbox is more reliant on cooling. First of all, i recommend replacing the old thermal paste with MX4 or some other good paste. The GPU is glued on by this point so you have to heat up the heatsink using a heat gun, rework station set to low, or a hairdryer. Once it's hot to touch it should come off like butter and use a tool like tweezers or a flat head screwdriver to avoid burns. Wipe off the thermal paste with IPA and apply the right amount of MX4 pea size is recommended and a bit more on the GPU chip. Once that's out of the way you can look into refurbing or replacing the fan. The Xbox uses a proprietary Nidec/Delta 75mm fan with a built-in mount. You have many options for the fan on the OG Xbox, but i recommend sticking with the original by finding a direct replacement or refurbing it since none of the replacements perform aswell. As for switching it out with something else you can 3d print this bracket: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4617648 and screw in the Noctua A6X25 12v fan specs can be found here: https://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a6x25-flx/specification
    the great thing about this method is that it's very easy to install and requires no cutting. And you can easily switch back to the original fan. But after further testing the A6 Noctua does not do a good enough of a job. It performs worse than the original and it’s smaller and has less fins. Best to just refurb the original.

    There is also this mod for 1.0 consoles which replaces the small GPU fan with the Noctua one which performs about the same maybe better and the Noctua runs quieter this one i recommend. Also, make sure that it's the A4X10 12v is installed like this upside down. Fan brackets can be found here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3864107 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4682947
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    Since this chip runs quite warm, i thought i also add in this 10x25x25mm heatsink to the chip
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    There is also the 80mm mod that requires DIY, but runs very slow not recommended. Guide: https://quade.co/2017/xbox-80mm-fan-upgrade/

    Xbox One Fan Replacement Options
    Also, some person replaced the fan in their Xbox One, looks really cool, don't how it performs but check out the post. I recommend always replacing the thermal paste with these old used PS4's and Xbox One's and giving it a clean, that is usually enough to make it run cool and quiet again.
    The guide is still being written. Xbox One Noctua Fan mod: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/W6mqqs
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    PS3 and PS4 Fan
    Can't really replace the fan so i recommend refurbing and repasting your system. Check out my PS3 Repair guide which goes into more detail or preserving your PS3. https://gbatemp.net/threads/the-ult...nec-tokin-caps-delid-syscon-diagnoses.575455/

    Thermal Pad Replacements
    When it comes to replacing thermal pads just like thermal paste, never cheap out with thermal paste i use Arctic MX4. As for the thermal pads, always look at the W/mk rating and make sure it is above 6. I usually go for the Thermal Right ones which have a rating of 12.8W/mk. A big improvement in cooling over the original thermal pads and make to measure the thickness of the original pad before replacing it. Never stack them on top of each other it will you with air bubbles and a decrease in performance.

    Nintendo Gamecube Thermal Pad Replacement
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    Sega Dreamcast Thermal Pad Replacement
    The Dreamcast 1.5mm pad, check out this post for more detail on replacing thermal pads in the DC https://dreamcast-talk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11066

    Sony PlayStation 2 and PS2 Slim
    The PS2 Slim uses 0.5mm pad but i recommend 1mm just in case. The Phat PS2 likely uses 1.5mm thermal pads.

    The PS3 likely uses 1.5mm to 2mm thermal pads. More info is here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ps3hacks/comments/mfeeh2/cecha01_thermal_pad_thickness_and_locations/

    Wii and Wii U
    It likely uses a 0.5mm pad but i recommend 1mm. If you have the Wii U is a lot easier to Delid than the 360, Wii, and PS3. Check out my Delid post: https://imgur.com/gallery/1dyee6P

    PSU Mods
    PSU mods are another great way of improving cooling in your system as of yet there are replacement PSU kits available for the PS1, N64, Sega Saturn, and the Dreamcast just make sure to stay away from the Chinese Pico PSU's they're likely to fail i recommended some great quality kits below. Pico PSU's are also universal and more power-efficient and bring the PSU out of the console in the form of a power adaptor. Make sure to use the right power adaptor and make sure it's a high-quality one from a good brand. Ask the seller if you are not sure what power adaptor to get.

    PS1 Pico PSU Kit: https://www.willsconsolemodifications.co.uk/ps1_pico_psu.php

    Nintendo 64 ReN64 Kit: https://www.game-tech.us/product/ren64/

    Dreamcast and Saturn Pico PSU kit: https://videogameperfection.com/2018/05/24/picopsu-dreamcast-review/
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    Last edited by iVirtualPlays, Jun 2, 2021
  2. JonhathonBaxster

    JonhathonBaxster GBAtemp Regular

    May 12, 2021
    United States
    Great guide!
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  3. iVirtualPlays

    OP iVirtualPlays Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Thanks your welcome.
  4. Jokey_Carrot

    Jokey_Carrot G̶B̶A̶T̶e̶m̶p̶ ̶A̶d̶d̶i̶c̶t̶ Heroin Addict.

    Oct 23, 2017
    United Kingdom
    If you're doing a picopsu project you really ought to get a genuine one. Those Chinese clones are complete crap.
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  5. iVirtualPlays

    OP iVirtualPlays Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    United Kingdom
    I agree which why i went for the Dream PSU intead.
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