The PlayStation 3 Slim is the second version of the PS3 video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released September 1, 2009.

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reballing a PS3 actually works or not , and how long it lasts.

I know it's been a while, but i'm curious as to whether reballing a PS3 actually works or not, and how long it lasts. I'm considering buying a reballed unit to catch up on all the PS1, 2 and 3 games i missed out on-- especially the PS2-- as i was always a Nintendo, and then XBox, guy. They're pretty pricey, and there are just so many conflicting reports on the internets as to it's effectiveness and whether the soldering is even the problem. Any input would be appreciated!

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@kevink it does work under certain instances. It will depend on the individual logic board and the damage to the solder joints as well as the chip itself. What will become important is to why this happens and why this is an individual logicboard issue. Here is a quick and dirty explanation.

You most likely have issues with your GPU processor. It is a flip chip design and the issue could be the solder bumps between the IC and the substrate. It is not always a failure of the solder balls which connect the Flip Chip BGA package to the motherboard. It does happen and you can see why on here More commonly however is that the failure is due to the chip design itself.

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As you can see the "bumps' are what actually connects the die to the substrate to make the chip complete. If these bumps fail, the die does no longer make contact with the substrate and thus no contact with the circuit board. The chip has failed.

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Here you can see the space where the bump has failed and no longer makes contact. We are talking microns of space here. So a bit of pressure on the top of the die potentially close the gap. Same with a reflow, it may allow some of material from the bump to reshape and starting to make contact again. The heating of cooling of the chip during use is what will eventually cause it to fail again. That explains the importance of good thermal paste, a good clean running fan as well as good air circulation.

A reball done properly can buy you time and may outlast your PS3 altogether or it may fail tomorrow.. There are just no guarantees.

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Thanks for the info-- seems like it's kind of a roll of the dice no matter what. I'll probably just go ahead and pick up a reballed PS3 and hope for the best. Cheers!

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@kevink I'd do it if the price is right :-)

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