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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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SONY: Upcoming high-end PS3:s - please!
By sibbor on 11/10/2007 10:17:20 AM , Rating: 1
I fail to see why Sony COMPLETELY is phasing out the original PS3's with full backward compability, memory card reader, 4xUSB ports etc. Why don't offer both that high-end machine + this new, budget PS3 to compete against Microsoft's X360 and Nintendo's Wii?

If the majority of the produced PS3:s would have been the 40GB budget model I bet every unit (including the expensive, "complete" once) would have been sold without problem.

I certainly hope that Sony release a new PS3 in the future with 4xUSB ports, full backward compability - and even perhaps the upcoming DVB-T unit integrated. That with a 65nm Cell BroadEngine + a 65nm RSX chip and I would have been completely sold.

So Sony, please produce both high-end and budget PS3:s!!

And anyone knows how Sony plans to replace the former PS3:s produced and sold that have the PS2 hardware integreated, memory card readers, 4xUSB ports etc.?
If I would have bought one of these, and it breaks (for some ODD reason) I wouldn't be happy getting replaced with a "poor" PS3 without these features...

Sibbor, Sweden

RE: SONY: Upcoming high-end PS3:s - please!
By ChipDude on 11/10/2007 12:31:01 PM , Rating: 2
Sibbor, Keep wishing and pleading. Howie, Jackie and the rest of them white boys continue to keep a find track record of arrogrance and greed. Don't expect them to wake up now and do the right thing.

Look the CEO talks about wishing to have a Time machine. WTF is that? If he knows the problem just fix it!

By BansheeX on 11/10/2007 3:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
And once again I have to explain. Want Sony to release a version without an HD? There goes reducing loading times because you are unable to assure developers that EVERY box has one. Want them to release a version without blu-ray? There goes the capacity and durability advantage of games since you will only then be able to gaurantee that every box supports DVDs, resulting in developers releasing games only in DVD to assure a potential sale to every consumer. With those and PS2 hardware out of the way, what else can we eliminate? Controllers? The motherboard? Think before you post, please.

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