Thin or fat PS3, I think the reality is that you need to get an exterior snap-on cooling fan for the system. That was by far one of the best peripherals I’ve bought for my 60GB fatty. It’s probably why it still runs to this day, nearly three-and-a-half years later.
The fan I have is a Pelican (rebranded itself PDP) model made for early-case PS3’s. I tried a Nyko fan but the stupid thing just did not snap in well at all. Several of the “peg holders” would not fit into the PS3 case. The fan stood out a cm or more off the PS3 in areas. What a piece of junk that thing was! So, I took that fan back to the store and traded it for a Pelican and it functions just exactly like the cooler Rosser described. It occasionally makes an awful noise — one of the fans sometimes scrapes about its case – but the problem corrects itself after a few minutes. Yeah, you can definitely change the fans on the unit if they ever get broken. There are similar fans sold in computer stores.
Let’s face it – the PS3 overheats! Big Sony legacy. It was a huge problem with early production PS1’s and the big reason why very few Day 1 release (US and Japanese models) PS1’s are left today. Over time, that heat ruins both the MJPEG video decoder and the CD-ROM drive. No point in changing the CD drives after they fail. The interior’s fried by that time!
Had a really bad day once with my launch date PS1… By far the hottest running system I ever had. On one particular day, the system had to be well over 100 degrees! If I touched the case for too long, I would have gotten burned. How this system ever passed US FCC regulations I don’t know… It was a potential fire hazard and seemed to be built to fail within 2 years! I think only the 360’s have been worse!
Sega and Nintendo seem to be the only companies I’ve ever bought consoles from that didn’t have all the issues first design PS1’s, 360’s, and to lesser extents PS2’s and PS3’s have had. It’s amazing how many of those old cart systems still work. Even my Saturns are still in very good shape!