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PS3 Slim Has Updated 45-nm Cell/B.E. Chip

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 30 comments

It's smaller than ever!

When the PS3 Slim debuted earlier this week, the immediate takeaway from the reveal was that the redesigned console was 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and consumes 34 percent less power.

Buyers will also be paying less and getting more, with the $100 drop to $299 and the hard drive getting bumped from 80 GB to 120 GB.

Inside, however, there was also another shrink job at play. According to the IDG News Service, the new PS3 Slim utilizes a Cell Broadband Engine CPU manufactured using a 45-nm process.

The outgoing, larger models of PlayStation 3 use a 65-nm Cell/B.E., and the original launch units (which had the PS2 backwards compatibility) run the hottest with the 90-nm chips.

While IBM confirmed that the Cell chip had indeed undergone a process shrink, Nvidia hasn't spoke out on whether or not the RSX graphics chip in the PS3 is now made using a more advanced process.

Either way, the 45-nm Cell processor helps to explain a decent amount of the power savings.

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    hillarymakesmecry , August 20, 2009 6:43 PM
    Saving power is good! : o )
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 20, 2009 7:03 PM
    This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
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    Honis , August 20, 2009 7:09 PM
    mlopinto2k1This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
    Buy a PS2 for $100 and a PS3 doe $300 and we're back to the original PS3...
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  • 13 Hide
    hillarymakesmecry , August 20, 2009 6:43 PM
    Saving power is good! : o )
  • 13 Hide
    mlopinto2k1 , August 20, 2009 7:03 PM
    This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
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    Honis , August 20, 2009 7:09 PM
    mlopinto2k1This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
    Buy a PS2 for $100 and a PS3 doe $300 and we're back to the original PS3...
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    Honis , August 20, 2009 7:10 PM
    HonisBuy a PS2 for $100 and a PS3 for $300 and we're back to the original PS3...
    Sorry fixed.
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    Sushi Warrior , August 20, 2009 7:16 PM
    I still can't understand why they made it deeper, why make a "slim" console that's bigger in one dimension? It's not small enough.
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    tayb , August 20, 2009 7:32 PM
    Why do people still play PS2 games? Maybe I am in the minority but when the PS3 came out I started playing PS3 games. The PS2 hasn't seen the light of day in almost two years and I have no desire to bust out any old games to play.
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    anamaniac , August 20, 2009 7:38 PM
    Bringing out a new generation would be a great time for them to bust out a new GPU also, instead of the pathetic excuse they have in the last 2 generations.

    And yes, I still occasionally play PS2 games.
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    gnookergi , August 20, 2009 7:48 PM
    Now is the time to buy. Sony should have done this two years ago.
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    omnimodis78 , August 20, 2009 8:05 PM
    Let the console wars (re-)start! No way Nintendo will just sit by and watch, nor will Microsoft. Again, the consumers win! Car companies take note, this is how the game should be played! Give us better, cleaner and cheaper and we'll buy your cars. Anyway I digress.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 20, 2009 8:11 PM
    HonisBuy a PS2 for $100 and a PS3 doe $300 and we're back to the original PS3...
    Listen, I understand but honestly, do you actually use PS2 games? I told my friend about this same thing with the new design and he says, "Awww man, that blows... I liked the fact the original was backwards compatible EVEN THOUGH I DONT USE IT!" I was like dude, it's people like you that screw everything up.

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    SneakySnake , August 20, 2009 8:13 PM
    If they would've added a few GB's of RAM, and a new GPU, keeping almost everyother component. They would've had a console that could walk over everything
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    chris13th , August 20, 2009 8:22 PM
    SneakySnakeIf they would've added a few GB's of RAM, and a new GPU, keeping almost everyother component. They would've had a console that could walk over everything

    Hardware-wise, maybe true. That doesn't help the fact that companies still have to put in 10 times more effort to make their games work with the cell processor.
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    badaxe2 , August 20, 2009 8:44 PM
    Why do people still complain about PS2 backwards compatibility but never Xbox? Overall the PS3 has had more b/c than Xbox 360 has ever had, and now that the PS3 software library has roughly equaled the 360's as far as multi plats go, and surpassed it as far as exclusives go, people still want to play PS2 games? The PS2 has been around for 9 years... if you still don't have one it's your own fault.
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    jcatech , August 20, 2009 9:07 PM
    taybWhy do people still play PS2 games? Maybe I am in the minority but when the PS3 came out I started playing PS3 games. The PS2 hasn't seen the light of day in almost two years and I have no desire to bust out any old games to play.


    I think the release pictures are wrong, because I just saw an overview video and the depth is almost the same.
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    jcatech , August 20, 2009 9:10 PM
    Sushi WarriorI still can't understand why they made it deeper, why make a "slim" console that's bigger in one dimension? It's not small enough.


    I think the release pictures are wrong, because I just saw an overview video and the depth is almost the same.
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    False_Dmitry_II , August 20, 2009 10:16 PM
    SneakySnakeIf they would've added a few GB's of RAM, and a new GPU, keeping almost everyother component. They would've had a console that could walk over everything

    That would be making a new console, not just a process upgrade.

    badaxe2Why do people still complain about PS2 backwards compatibility but never Xbox?

    Because the Xbox has only ever stepped up compatibility. You can even buy and download some Xbox 1 games now. The PS3 has gradually stopped having any.
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    ubernoobie , August 20, 2009 11:13 PM
    Lets overclock this when we hook it up to a fully internal watercooling kit
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    ebattleon , August 20, 2009 11:50 PM
    I just wish i could get that cell chip on a normal PC. But probably never happen:(  sigh
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    Aionism , August 21, 2009 1:07 AM
    badaxe2Why do people still complain about PS2 backwards compatibility but never Xbox? Overall the PS3 has had more b/c than Xbox 360 has ever had, and now that the PS3 software library has roughly equaled the 360's as far as multi plats go, and surpassed it as far as exclusives go, people still want to play PS2 games? The PS2 has been around for 9 years... if you still don't have one it's your own fault.

    Because the PS2 actually had games worth playing.
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    nitto555rchallenger , August 21, 2009 3:52 AM
    I still like my first gen PS3 better, due to the feature like having 4 usb ports, data ports, backwards capability, Linux installation, upgradable hdd, and I think it looks better. But yes it runs hot as hell, hotter then my Pc fully loaded, and its loud. Maybe in time, once the slim comes out and the price drops, I'll have enough confidence to mod my Ps3 into a water-cooled and thermostat on the system.
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