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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In the words of IGN...
11/9/2007 1:26:29 PM
If you bitch it, it will come! I love it when people continue to talk about lack of PS2 (and PS1 according to sonystyle.com) backwards compatibility. Eventually Sony will crack under the pressure and say "FINE! We'll do it! You technically don't really need the graphics synthesizer for BC! HERE YOU GO! GAH!"
But in all seriousness, they are diligently working on Playstation Home. Once that is finished, they can concentrate on Backwards Compatibility. Until then, keep on asking for it!
RE: In the words of IGN...
11/9/2007 4:21:23 PM
Is it THAT hard to change some cables people? I only have access to standard RCA connections for my consoles so I have to swap every time I want to play a different console. Takes all of about eight seconds to do.
RE: In the words of IGN...
11/9/2007 6:29:08 PM
Usually when a next generation console is bought the previous generation console is sold. That and people that buy a PS3 might want to purchase a couple PS2 games they heard about and wish to play it. Also when people sell their old console, they still wish to play some of the games they bought.
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