What’s the secret of the PS3 Slim’s skinny build? It’s down to more than rejigging the odd semi-conductor and improving the power supply, you know. IBM has revealed that the console is packing a brand new Cell processor too. We already know it’s more efficient that the original, and get this: it could well be faster too!
Jointly developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba, the Cell processor is the meat and bones of the PS3, making it more powerful than its current-gen console rivals. And it just got better. IBM confirmed that the PS3 Slim packs an upgraded Cell, which uses enhanced 45nm processes.
The Cell inside the original PS3 used a 65nm process, so because there hasn’t been any fundamental changes to the Cell architecture, it should be faster while at the same time needing less power and producing less heat.
IBM is keeping mum about the new Cell’s clock speed though, so we’ll have to wait until side-by-side comparisons can prove whether the PS3 Slim’s enhanced chipset has a noticeable impact on loading times or framerates.
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