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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: on ps3
By omnicronx on 11/5/2007 2:38:04 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, i'll be waiting a while for them to get their shit together but, who isn't?
What exactly do you think they are doing here? I am not really a Sony fan by any sense, but I can't help but ask, what are you waiting for? A jet engine? seeker missile capabilities like the ones outlined for the ps2? Or are you just waiting for your ps3 to turn into Optimus Prime so that you can help save the earth?

Other than added DVR capabilities, I see no need for Sony to make any other revisions. They have a low and a high pricepoint just like the 360, and are now ready to compete..
Now if only some games would come out...

RE: on ps3
By Locutus465 on 11/5/2007 2:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
A fully functional PS3 including BC priced with in reach of the average consumer?

RE: on ps3
By meepstone on 11/5/2007 2:56:45 PM , Rating: 1
A ps3 with everything included that isnt $600. yes i could buy one for $500 but i dont usually go out and buy things on impsulse because OH MY GOD THE PRICE DROPPED I MUST BUY NOW OR IT WILL BE TOO LATE.

RE: on ps3
By SavagePotato on 11/5/2007 4:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
I did, actually I am glad I did too. Cause I got the fully compatible 60gb ps3 for $500.

Those aren't made anymore, I guess it's too late.

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