Thanks Sony: 40GB PlayStation 3 Uses 65nm Cell Afterall
November 9, 2007 12:32 PM
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Let the truth be known about the 65nm PlayStation 3
While neither Microsoft nor Sony has been upfront about the process technology used in their consoles, enthusiasts have had little trouble identifying the different hardware revisions of the Xbox 360. On the other hand, the 40GB PlayStation 3 has everyone guessing just whether or not it uses 65nm technology, with some saying “
” and others saying “
.” As it turns out, both sides are partially correct.
According to an
interview with Kazuo Hirai, president of SCEI, the Cell Broadband Engine used in the latest PlayStation 3 production is indeed from a 65nm process. This fully explains the reduced power consumption numbers posted by the new 40GB PS3. The 40GB PS3 now consumes around 100 Watts less during maximum load when compared 90nm Cell/B.E. consoles.
While the PS3’s CPU made the jump to the 65nm process, the GPU is unchanged. Hirai said that the RSX chip is still at the 90nm process, but did not indicate if the GPU would be moved to the 65nm.
As reported by owners of the 40GB PlayStation 3, the newest hardware is the quietest yet. The new PS3 supposedly outputs a noise level of 30 dB, about 6 dB less than the previous model. This improvement is will be greatly appreciated by home theatre enthusiasts using the PlayStation 3 as a Blu-ray Disc player.
At the expense of having a more power efficient and quieter machine, the latest PS3 hardware gives up all PS2 backwards compatibility and the ability to play Super Audio CDs (SACD).
Hirai also revealed that the attributes of the 40GB SKU will soon apply to the entire line family of PlayStation 3 consoles, as the 20GB and 60GB models – the ones with full backwards compatibility –- are no longer in production for any market in the world.
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11/9/2007 12:39:39 PM
I really hope Sony can use the die-shrink to save some money so they can financially justify producing a model that brings back full hardware PS2 backwards-compatibility. That's the only thing the PS3 lacks for me. I just want a cheap model; small hard drive, no wifi, none of the extras, that has backwards compatibility that's fully functional.
11/9/2007 1:08:54 PM
But they won't. As said before, they've been shooting themselves in the foot quite a bit during the last several years. They are still losing huge amounts of money on this new 40GB model. By huge I mean more than $100. There is just no way they could be losing less than that considering it's price and all.
Well, Sony is betting VERY heavily on the LLLOOONNNGGG term with the PS3. I believe they said it should last 10 years. That's a hell of a long time for a console. They must be banking that down the line every game will take 100% advantage of what the PS3 has to offer as well as the cost of the PS3 coming WAY down. I'm sure the Blu-Ray drive will come down, but I'm not sure if the Cell is going to change too much.
With all the model revisions they've had I wouldn't be surprised if they came out with a model that had just the barebone stuff: Blu-Ray, cell, etc.. /w no BC, wifi, HDD, etc.. It's only a matter of time IMO.
11/9/2007 1:40:14 PM
They can get rid of WiFi off the current feature list of the 40GB but thats it. And I don't think they will, you can't ditch the HDD, alot of games use it already.
As for ten year cycles, PS2 also is supposed to have a 10 year cycle, and it probably will, that doesn't mean PS4 won't come out before the end of 10 years.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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