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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 mles1551 on 11/5/2007 3:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
I've also played Super Mario Brothers on my HDTV, but I played it on a NES.

What's the need for BC? What did you people do with your old systems? I've still got my Super NES and my launch day PS2 that works as good as new.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Locutus465 on 11/5/2007 4:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Playing on the Wii basically gives me a Wireless NES controller... To me that makes it a nicer experience.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Locutus465 on 11/5/2007 4:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I don't need to keep an NES & SNES & N64 & GC & Wii & X-box 360 all hooked into my entertainment center... That's kind of ungly/messy... All those nintendo systems get squished into a single box, so I'm just down to that and the 360... Those + all 4 controllers for each is about all I can stand to see sitting in my entertainment center.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By michal1980 on 11/5/2007 4:54:32 PM , Rating: 1
the Wii is only BC with Gamecube.

Its not B.C. with snes/nes/n64 etc. Your re-buying the software again. and it was easy to do b.c. with the gamecube since the wii is a great locking overclocked gamecube with a new controller


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Murst on 11/5/2007 5:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
It appears DT has hardcoded your posts to always start at 1 instead of 2.. at least it sure seems that way.

Doesn't matter if your post is valid (as in this case) or not. :)


RE: Missing the Old Games
By michal1980 on 11/5/2007 7:03:30 PM , Rating: 1
thats because i'm number ONE woohoo.

anyways. to claim the Wii is BC because you can buy an old game is just being stupid. or hating on sony.


RE: Missing the Old Games
By Etsp on 11/9/2007 1:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
Slight correction there, you aren't "buying" virtual console games from Nintendo, you are merely licensing them. As a result, you do not own the game and do not have the right to make backups, nor can you transfer the game from one system to another.


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