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90nm chips still in use by PlayStation 3

With the release of the 40GB PlayStation 3 nearing worldwide proportions, some took one look at the specifications sheet and assumed that it contained 65nm chips after noticing that the latest SKU is a good bit less power-hungry than the 60 or 80GB models. While the 40GB PS3 does indeed draw less juice, Sony says that the latest hardware still runs 90nm chips.

According to information received by German publication Heise Online, the new 40GB PlayStation 3 hardware does not yet include 65nm chips, but rather still makes use of the same 90nm technology as in all other PS3 consoles. Sony said that 65nm chips would be introduced sometime in the coming months.

So how does Sony account for the power consumption drop from 200 Watts down to a more palatable 135 Watts? Apparently it’s due to improvements and modifications on the original design.

For one thing, the 40GB PlayStation 3 no longer has to house and power any chips related to PS2 backwards-compatibility. That means that the new hardware is completely without the Emotion Engine+Graphics Synthesizer chips and memory.

The 40GB PS3 also does not include the added hardware to support a memory card reader and only has to power two USB ports rather than four, leading to a further reduction in power consumption.


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RE: Missing the Old Games
By Locutus465 on 11/5/2007 2:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose I could see that POV... Personally my preference is for being able to play the old games with the older graphics, new games should use the newer hardware/os. Thankfully due to the design of the Wii mote you could still make a NES style side scroller type game that would work very well using the new system, and adding a motion detection kick (a-la paper mario).

There is deffonetly merit to what you're saying though.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Murst on 11/5/2007 2:32:04 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I like being able to play older games as well. I've spent hours playing Mario Kart and SMW on the Wii (I forgot the location of one of the worlds though - and I thought it had it mastered!).

I probably would have never played SMW or Mario Kart if it wasn't for the Wii.

There's just so much more potential for VC though than just re-releasing old games. I'm sure we'll see original content soon, and hopefully the focus will switch to that (there's also the fact that nintendo can only re-release so many of the older games... eventually they'll be done with the relevant portion of the libraries for older consoles).


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Murst on 11/5/2007 2:33:36 PM , Rating: 2
Err.. I wouldn't have played Mario Kart and SMW again if it wasn't for the Wii.

I should really use the preview feature more... or maybe not.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Locutus465 on 11/5/2007 2:36:57 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps add a new console called "Wii Mini-Game" or some such, reserved for games to light to merit being published on DVD... Akin to XBA.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By BansheeX on 11/6/2007 12:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
If you wanted to, you could play any NES or SNES game on your PS3 through emulation on its linux platform. Kind of beats Nintendo's VC model for retro gaming, doesn't it?


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