Playstation 3 (PS3) Hardware Summary

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Playstation 3 (PS3) Hardware Summary
For once, not all about the PS3 games, but the actual console itself

We've taken the PS3 technical specifications directly from Sony, and of course will update it as they do. The first part of this artcil details the bare bones specification, and the second part, for those not too familiar with CPU speeds and gigabit interfaces, we've provided an explanation of what these cryttic acronyms actually do!

CPU
Cell Processor
PowerPC-base Core @ 3.2GHz
1 VMX vector unit per core
512KB L2 cache
7 x SPE @ 3.2GHz
7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
* 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
Total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS

GPU
RSX @ 550MHz
1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
Multi-way programmable parallel floating point shader pipelines

Sound
Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell- base processing)

Memory
XDR Main RAM @ 3.2GHz 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @ 700MHz

System Bandwidth
Main RAM 25.6GB / s
VRAM 22.4GB / s
RSX 20GB / s (write) + 15GB / s (read)
SBSystem Floating Point Performance
2 TFLOPS

Storage
Either 20GB HDD or 60GB hdd

I / O
USB Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
Memory Stick standard / Duo, PRO x 1
SD standard / mini x 1
CompactFlash (Type I, II) x 1

Communication
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g
Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

Controller
Bluetooth (up to 7)
USB 2.0 (wired)
Wi-Fi (PSP)
Network (over IP)

AV Output
Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI: HDMI out x 2
Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1

Disc Media
CD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, , DualDisc (DVD side)
DVD: PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R, DVD-R, DVD-R
Blu-ray Disc: PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE

Ok, for those, like most, are not sure what all this babble means, here is the dummie sguide to all the technical specifications. Enjoy:

CPU
CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is the brain of a computer or machine. Its primary job is to translate instructions and process data from programs that initiate it. In other words, you click a button, the CPU interpreted that to mean kick the bad guy in the head, and resulting in a favor character executing a sublime round house kick. Pretty much all modern day CPUs have a microprocessor at their heart, increasing performance drastically from earlier methods. The PS3's CPU is built exclusively for the console, therefore is not extremely scalable, but packs a hell of a punch for your PS3 gaming needs

GPU
GPU, or Graphics Pro, no Proceed, hang on, I cant imagine what it will be. Got it! Graphics Processing Unit! Is the daddy behind your visuals on the console, and is extremely powerful with graphic manipulation and rendering, as it is a dedicated piece of hardware. Whilst delivering atonishing PlayStation 3 graphics, it also alleviates some of the load from the CPU, letting the brain get on with doing what it does best

Sound
The PS3 will have Dolby 5.1CH speakers, compatible with quality home theater systems. In short, when you hear a few rounds cracking out of a semi automatic behind you, Japan has not invaded, its the game.

Memory
Ever forgotton where you put that damn memory card? Well, the PS3 tries not to. The memory in the PS3 console is important, it never forgings where to pick up your last reward, villains you have slain, or puzzles you have solved. The more memory, the better. When information is stored in memory, it is much quicker for the system to retrieve that information, as opposed to reading it from the hard drive, in otherwise less hanging and skipping.

System Bandwidth
Is somewhat a speculative term, which is hard, or near impossible to prove. It is a complex assumption, involving the capacity of certain items to communicate with each other, how fast they do it, how much resources they use. If you want more information, try a quantum computing night course.
System Floating Point Performance
System Floating Point Performance is an indicator of the computer or consoles performance especially when extensively using floating point calculations. The PS3 has 2 TFLOPS (obviously), which equates to 1012 FLOPS (naturally). In layman's terms, the console can compute advanced calculations prety damn quickly

Storage
Everyone loves lots of storage space. For the car, home or office, you just cant get enough sometimes. The PlayStation 3 likes space too, it has lots of data and information to store, when it needs to permanently remember things, or the memory cant cope. With either 20GB or 60GB hard drive space, you have enough room to swing 10 cats tied together with string.

I / O
I / O, I / O, its off to work we go. I / O (Input / Output), is the speed and type of devices that the PS3 reads from or writes to. As you can see, there's a few gadgets you can plug in to the console.

Communication
Communication is the key to success, and this model of PlayStation has taken a leap from its predecessor, and is now hooked up to the information super highway, or internet as we often say. Multi-player online gaming is now a thing of the present with the snazzy new PS3

Controller
Controllers basically control (yep, control) how different components communicate, and interface with each other. Generally, this applies to peripherals (not on board). Exciting stuff.

AV Output
AV Output is the method of displaying output, the visuals you see when running amock in GTA. You could have the best GPU, but without any mechanism to pipe it on to your screen, your screwed.

Disc Media
Obviosuly, what type of disks your PlayStation 3 can read. There's quite a few supported formats, so check em out

And thats all folks, be sure to check out PS3 Cheats for all your PlayStation 3 hints, tips, information and cheats …

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