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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 mikefarinha on 11/5/2007 2:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
This is like saying that HD-DVD or Blu-ray players should only play their respective formats since if you really wanted to watch your old DVD's you can simply watch them with your existing player...

I am sorry that this logic eludes you.

New technology can breath new life into existing media. Just like newer players can do upscale conversions of DVD's, emulation can improve the sharpness and quality of past 3D games... also other enhancements can be brought through with emulation such as save states.

RE: Missing the Old Games
By michal1980 on 11/5/2007 2:52:21 PM , Rating: 1
wait, my n64 cart doesn't fit inside this wii, where do I put it again?

err, my snes cart doesn't work in my n64. ughh.

some people just like to bash sony.

RE: Missing the Old Games
By omnicronx on 11/5/2007 3:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
Apples to Oranges buddy...

If you wanted to ball park it, and being very nice to the BC crowd, maybe 30% of all console users care about BC as they bought their new console to play new games. If they wanted to only play old games, then there would be no reason of buying a new console.

On the other hand how many people do you think care about DVD compatibility in Next-Gen players... *watches as everyone raises their hand*

For comparison, lets imagine if your new portable stereo did not contain a cassette deck.. sure some would be annoyed, but most would not care. Now imagine if that same player had no CD player..

RE: Missing the Old Games
By Murst on 11/5/2007 3:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
People still use CDs?


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