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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 mles1551 on 11/9/2007 7:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, This is the first string of comments about a console article I've read on DT that hasn't turned into a fanboy competition.

I am surprised that some of the people here have never owned a PS2, but now have a PS3. In that regard, yes BC would be important for those that want to enjoy GOW or some of the FF series.

To comment on the multiple console argument.I posted that I pop in Tyson's Punchout from time to time. That doesn't mean I have my NES hooked up all the time. And honestly how hard is to get the (insert console here) out of the closet and plug in 2 wires so you and your buddies can enjoy some Pole Position, Super Mario 3, or some Madden 94.

By leexgx on 11/10/2007 6:24:31 AM , Rating: 2
not important to me but my brother has PS2 games (think his PS2 has broke now{abused heh}) and it be nice if BC was left in the 40gb model as it uses less power as well and is quieter (even thought its quite any way compared to the Xbox 360 Turbo cooling)

i going to be getting an PS3 with BC but be nice if thay bring out an PS3 that runs on 65mn with BC as well

the PS3 going to replace 3 devices any ways (the DVD player and the PS2, and an media PC)

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