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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 “yes” and others saying “no.” As it turns out, both sides are partially correct.

According to an AV Watch 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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RE: What's the lasting appeal of the PS2?
By Locutus465 on 11/9/2007 2:30:16 PM , Rating: 3
For someone like me who might be considering picking up a PS3 for the very first time, it might be nice to be able to play the original games in a series (such as God of War) with out having to pay extra for a PS2 (not to mention have the extra hardware sitting around).


By mmntech on 11/9/2007 2:52:23 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with that 100%. I'm one of the PS3 owners who never owned a PS2. It's nice to have an all-in-one system. Especially with the lack of quality titles for the PS3 right now, and the fact that most PS2 titles are a lot cheaper.
Just a comment on the SACD playback removal for the 40gb. Is that really a big deal? Maybe it's just where I shop but I don't think I've ever really seen them advertised for sale. I wouldn't want them either since they have the most restrictive DRM of any audio format. I think I'd rather stick with vinyl or DVD for my high fidelity audio.

Back on topic. Is it just me or does Sony's right hand not know what it's left hand is doing. This isn't the first time SCE has done this. I remember back in July that Sony said that they weren't redesigning the PSP, then a week later they announced the Slim & Light. Around the same time, Sony announced they weren't going to cut the price of the 60gb PS3, then announced they were cutting it by $100 a few days later. I also seem to remember that Sony once said they weren't going to discontinue the 60gb PS3. I think there's definitely some communications problems at Sony HQ. Obviously somebody send out the memo about the 65nm processors.


By MrTeal on 11/9/2007 7:38:15 PM , Rating: 3
While it is nice, it's hardly standard. I never heard anyone clamoring for NES BC when Zelda 3 or Ocarina of Time came out.


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