Sony reduces PS3 power consumption with chip swap

There has been plenty of press coverage on Microsoft's move to a 65nm processor on its Xbox 360 console. The Xbox 360, which has been notorious for heat-related problems in the past, is now equipped with less outlandish cooling hardware due to the cooler-running chips.

Sony isn't being left out when it comes to 65nm manufacturing, however. According to Engadget, the new 40GB PS3 -- which officially launches in the U.S. on November 2 -- will also feature a cooler-running 65nm Cell processor.

The move to a 65nm process allows power consumption to drop from 200 Watts down to a more palatable 135 Watts. The PS3 also has a new motherboard revision complete with an update Southbridge. The heatpipe used to cool the Cell processor has also been reduced in size thanks to the less demanding cooling requirements.

Heat problems haven't really plagued Sony's PS3 as they have the Xbox 360, but the move to 65nm technology should help Sony to trim manufacturing costs.

The 40GB PS3 has a price tag of $399.99 and will ship with a cop of Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray. In order to reach the sub-$400 price point, the 40GB PS3 has no PS2 backwards compatibility, lacks a memory-card reader and features two fewer USB 2.0 ports than its more expensive 80GB brother.

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