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PS3 To Boldly Go To 65nm...Or Not

PS3 To Boldly Go To 65nm...Or Not

There has been a lot of buzz about Sony's 40GB PS3, but sadly it looks like not all of the buzz is correct.  Sure it's still cheaper than the other current PS3/PS3 bundles, but it's not going to save you as much on electricity as you might have thought because it's still using a 90nm chip.

“A Sony spokesperson has told Heise Online that the 40GB model continues to use 90mn processors, but does feature an updated design with a lower power consumption of just 120 to 140 watts, compared to 180 to 200 watts for the older models. Sony says its still planning on moving to 65nm processors in the near future, but for now, it looks like the PS3 is 90nm across the board.”

We're still impressed with energy savings, but we can't help but wonder how much more energy could be saved by going to the 65nm process.  Despite the use of 'older' 90nm technology, this is still a great gaming console and an excellent Folding@Home machine.
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The matter on this also is that the 40GB version for $399 USD will only work with the PS3 games and not with the PS2 games. I have seen in a local Best Buy ad that if you buy the 40GB version for $399, it comes with Spider-Man 3 and 5 other blue-ray movies free.. something the 80GB does not. Go Figure!

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Yes, Sony definitely has needed a better handle on marketing this thing from the beginning. Surprising actually, for a huge brand name company.

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Davo:
Yes, Sony definitely has needed a better handle on marketing this thing from the beginning. Surprising actually, for a huge brand name company.
 

 

 I could imagine how rapid sales were for the PS2 when it first came out  but now.. it seems like people are more into the real-life systems like the Nintendo Wii. PS3 is in a critical state where it barely earns its name and repetation in today's world compared to half a decade ago when PS2 were on the store shelves one minute and gone the next. The PS3 have only sold 1.75 million units in North America since its arrival nearly 1 year ago on the 17th and 5.59 million worldwide. What is even a far cry is that the PS2 is still selling more units in North America than the PS3. What is a hassle is that the PS3 is like any other electronic... needs firmware upgrades and I mean constantly needs it (at least 3 times every 6 months). For those who want a PS3 for Christmas,  it may be a best time in a while to get one since the supply is up and the demand is down. Sony is really like Microsoft      always getting ready for the next big thing since Vista is replacing XP and Vienna will replance Vista in the distant future; surely to say, PS4 is right around the corner with a Thanksgiving 2010 or 2011 release.

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