PS4 Slim's Fan Noise Level Tested and Compared Against Original PS4
The PS4 Slim is most probably going to be announced tomorrow, but today we get more data on how noisy (or quiet) it can be. YouTube user Links-Tech (who is the same who provided the teardown posted earlier today) published a video with a test of the noise level of the new model.
From the video below, while playing No Man’s Sky (that can push the old PS4’s fan quite a bit), the console remains quite quiet, between 21 and 24 dB.
In order to provide a comparison with the old model, I tested my own original CUH-1004a using the same game and the same Android app (Sound Meter). Incidentally, Links-Tech used a Huawei P9 to perform the test, and I had a very similar model available for mine, a Huawei P9 Lite.
You can see the results of my test in the gallery under the video, with the fan generating 28 dB of noise initially, then pitching up to a maximum of 34 dB, and then calming down again to an average of 31 dB, which is considerably more noisy than the slim.
The test was performed in a room kept as silent as possible (while it’s not soundproof, I live in an area without traffic, on the fourth floor of a flat, and all the other electronics in the room were turned off). For clarity, the small spikes you see in the graph are just the shutter sound effect of the phone.