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Old 10-07-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Hardware Modding a PS3 for Better Graphics?

Someone at Neogaf says they've accomplished this. Inspired by the screen shot wars of the GTA4 ICenhacer mod, someone decided to gut their PS3 and replace every component with top grade parts.

Here is the thread where it's going down.

The user is rhubbard16. He posted some nice screenshots. I guess they could have been the PC version on low res, but I dunno. Check it out for yourselves. It's an interesting read.

Here's the basics.

PS3 Hardware enhancements and GTA IV
This I believe is the most appropriate place to drop this since I am deemed unworthy to post a topic of my own.......

Pertaining to the PS3 and specifically GTA IV on it. I was so damned
frustrated about this PS3 port and how soft the textures were not to mention the texture detail and draw distance all bad new's bears!
So, heres my story fellow superlative GAF, I have spent some time ugrading the physical hardware in the 60BG Playstation 3 (going off the design of my personal so-called high end componentry:Sony ES reciever and Pionner Elite BDP 05, and Meridian DVD) All have been opened up, I wanted to see the craftsmanship surrounding these brands for myself and why they deliver top notch audio and video. I took notes. I set out to replicate (in the PS3) starting with the power supply. I isolated the external and internal carriage of the power supply by coating it with copper,nickel ,and alluminum to decrease RFI and EMI signal noise from the power supply leaking to the video ports of the MOBO to get more clarity to video content. It was brought to my attention from a companies teardown results that stock is allowed 70db or so of RFI and EMI to escape the power supply by FCC standards. I have that down to 0db or -15db to my estimation.
I have replaced all of the capacitors by hand and installed Mundorf and Rubicon. The standard glass fuses with ceramic Furutech built for solid state amps.
I have set the potentiometer with my Fluke to well over stock setting(supposedly incresase read and write speeds)of the poteniometers of the BR diode albiet shorteneing the life span of the diode. this model does not include the DVD laser.
The Playstation is partitioned by copper sheeting seperating as best as I could the power supply from the board excluding the two gold prongs inserted in the board to connect power but the rest is seperated with a sheet between (coated with spray rubber) componentry. I have completely seald the fan shroud up with alluminum duct tape so it actually uses forced air rather than let 35% of the heat escape through the countless open leaks that dont match up when assembled at factory.
I have also lapped the CPU and GPU to a mirror finish, as well as the heatsinks. I have straightened most of the heat sink fluting too. Applied silver thermal paste.
done with that part......
All HDMI cables have been termintated by me all solder points have been done by me for me,ensuring I have the best contacts. I found a very dear friend in Dana Point, CA who owns Xtreme Cables he was kind enough to show me the process with 19 pin HDMI construction and termination. I come to you with all this and find myself blurring the lines of perception. I am including pictures for your honest judgement. They are taken from my Samsung S860 directly off my Plasma at 2592x1944 . These first shots I have shown no one besideds Toby Pixel Counterrr.

I have done all of this work for the perfect PS# GTA IV.
lots of debates on franme limiters for the game on this platform not being enabled and random textures blah blah....
Ok fuck! someone show me how to-nevermind got it I think you can view some of the results at Flickr. Guess you copy/paste the link
So elaborate troll, idiot, or possible? I don't know anything about video hardware on a technical level. Maybe someone here does. I could see this being useful in an audio device, but a digital video device. I just don't know enough. My gut says no, but eh, here's a thread.
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