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5.0 out of 5 stars It's so much quieter and cooler., 31 Oct. 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sony Playstation 3 Console (40GB Version) (Video Game)
At first sight the 40GB model doesn't seem good value when you can get the backwards compatability 60GB with two games for an extra £50, but the 40GB model contains the newer 65nm cell chip which uses less power. The best thing about the new 40GB is that it is so very much quieter and throws out a lot less heat, my old 60GB used to get very hot, but worse than that it was way too noisy which could be distracting at times.
If backwards compatability with the Playstation 2 is important to you then the 40GB won't be any use to you. Me personally, I am very happy to sacrifice the BC and extra 20GB for the quieter cooler operation of the 40GB.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2008 11:07:18 GMT
Oren Douek says:
You are wrong; it still uses the old 90nm chip (and not the 65nm one - note: 65nm and not 60nm). This has been confirmed by Sony:

Sony says: "The new 40GB model is still using 90nm technology"

CellRemember last Monday when German c't magazin put the rumor out that due to the much lower power consumption of the new 40GB PS3, the new model is running on 65nm technology, other than the former models which are all based on 90nm Cell and RSX chips.

It took Sony some time to officially deny this rumor, as the current model is still based on 90nm technology. The new 65nm based hardware is about to come out during the next month or so. Asked about the lower power consumption, Sony said that this is due to the usage of other more optimized chips.

So, the good news about this is, that there is obviously still a lot potential within the hardware in terms of reducing the power consumption even more and scaling the hardware down to a new level. Will be interesting to see when the first change in the consoles form factor will take place, similar to the PS2 slim version.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2008 05:11:45 BDT
Fenix Rising says:
Sorry to burst your wee bubble there Oren...whatsyerface. However you are in fact the one who is completely wrong. Why do you suppose its quieter? Perhaps sony decided to pop a smaller fan in there somewhere? I'm sure you are familiar with the term 'schmuck'? Indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2008 17:37:30 BDT
How can the 40GB run quieter anyway, my 60GB runs silent as it is. I'm confused.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2008 11:51:04 BDT
Dan says:
No 60GB runs silently. It is impossible. They have an enormous fan inside them which inevitably makes noise! I have had two PS3 60gb which behaved in exactly the same way.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2008 00:01:55 BDT
Aron says:
Guys I have two ps3's. The 60gb I got on release day and the 40gb I got free with a V series sony tv from argos at xmas. I ensure you that the 40gb is in fact more silent and cooler. Yes the 60gb is not that noisy, especially compared to the xbox but every now and then it used to erupt with a large fan noise(mine did anyway) which was very distracting during films. The 40gb also has no grill at the front (bottom) and no air coming from the right side, it is very cool as if it was off there. The 60gb can get extremely hot on the right side! Although I have to admit I like the upscaling ps2 compatibility with the 60gb, and with 40gb, you don't actually get the full memory.Which is only around 35gb which makes game data and demos fill it up rather quickly. However this can be resolved by a simple 2.5 SATA HDD swap for a larger one.

But just to ensure you guys I did notice the sound and heat differences. I actually swapped the original 60gb in my main room for the 40gb because the noise during movies was annoying, but hey, perhaps I'm a bit fussy like that :)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2008 02:14:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2008 02:31:40 BDT
Ant says:
The 40GB has had the 65nm cell chip from the beginning, this was confirmed by Kaz Hirai of Sony last year.

Quote taken from Engadget

Sony's Kaz Hirai says new PS3s use 65nm chips after all, partly
by Donald Melanson, posted Nov 8th 2007 at 4:36PM

It hasn't exactly been easy to pin down the exact type of chips used in the new 40GB PlayStation 3s, but Sony's Kaz Hirai now appears to have finally put the matter to rest -- at least for now. In an interview with the folks at Impress, he said that the new model does in fact use the swanky new 65nm process for the Cell chip after all, but not for the system's RSX graphics chip, which gets stuck with the same power-hungry 90nm chip as before. Despite that, Hirai says that the new Cell chip alone is enough to "cut the power usage of the system considerably," an amount that had previously been been reported as 120 to 140 watts (down from 200 watts before). In related news, Hirai also confirmed that neither the 20 or 60GB models (with their increased backwards compatibility) are in production at the moment, but he said that "depending on how the market reacts, it's possible for Sony to produce them again." []
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