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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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By Villains on 11/9/2007 4:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone is a CEO these days and know EVERYTHING there is too know about the insides of how things are done and how much things cost.

So are you part of the Sony financial team and know this for fact?

I cant believe Sony hires these buffoons they have when all they have to do is log on to Daily Tech and they have a plethora of knowledgable people they could choose to run their company.


By ChipDude on 11/9/2007 5:51:48 PM , Rating: 1
The emotion engine on was "estimated" at 11% of the cost
The Cell was "estimated" at something around 11% as well.

What I find interesting is if the emotion engine is the same one used in PS2 that doesn't sound right as it would suggest that PS2 hardware is close to 80 bucks. Simply not right given the current PS2 sales price.

Moving Cell to 65nm should easily reduce the cost of the Cell by 40-50%. That should easily save Sony 30-40 bucks. Given the recent price reductions it would seem silly not to absorb the BC into the high end model since the HD costs between the entry level unit and 60GB unit is much larger then the cost of the HD and additional ports on the unit.

You don't need to be a CEO. The problem is many like you don't learn to digest all the info and come to a conclusion with data independently


"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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