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PS3 Slim More Power Efficient Than Advertised

During the PS3 Slim's reveal, Sony boasted that the new hardware with its 45-nm Cell Broadband Engine CPU used 34 percent less power than the outgoing hardware.

CNet Crave did its own testing and found that the 34 percent claim is hugely conservative. Against an original launch 60 GB PlayStation 3, the new PS3 Slim uses 70 percent less power while in standby mode. While playing a game or movie, the new PS3 Slim uses less than half as much power.

Of course, the original launch unit featured chips built on the 90-nm process, along with the need to power both the Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer for the hardware backwards compatibility and the flash card readers.

What's missing from the test is to see how the new PS3 Slim compares to the 65-nm version of the PlayStation 3, which could reveal where Sony got its 34 percent figure.

As much improved the PS3 Slim is in terms of power usage, it still pales in comparison to standalone Blu-ray Disc players, which use nearly a quarter of the power as the newer console.

  • Shadow703793
    As much improved the PS3 Slim is in terms of power usage, it still pales in comparison to standalone Blu-ray Disc players, which use nearly a quarter of the power as the newer console.
    Stand alone BD players cost ~ the same AND they can't play games :P
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  • qwertymac93
    calculators use less then 1/100th the power of a laptop, but that means nothing does it? my point, don't compare the ps3 to a blu-ray player, no one ever did the same with the ps2 and a dvd player did they?
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  • JofaMang
    Awesome, maybe I can afford to turn on my fridge this month! Seriously though, I have noticed a huge increase in my electricity bill since I got my PS3 in dec 2006
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  • redgarl
    In Blu-Ray players, DSPs are doing all the the processing, in the PS3 it's the Cell processor. I think it's fairly obvious that a gaming device will always consume more than a video rending device.
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  • redgarl
    JofaMangAwesome, maybe I can afford to turn on my fridge this month! Seriously though, I have noticed a huge increase in my electricity bill since I got my PS3 in dec 2006
    The thing is when you consider 25 000 000 devices saving, let's say, 80W, in the end we are talking about 2 000 MW of saving... that's a lot of power.
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  • maigo
    34% under the previous build, of course it'll be even better than the original
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  • gekko668
    So does this mean that the Ps3 slim is considers a green machine?
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  • matt87_50
    I thought it was widely known that the 2nd gen one (the one missing backwards compatibility) used alot less power than the original.

    JofaMangAwesome, maybe I can afford to turn on my fridge this month! Seriously though, I have noticed a huge increase in my electricity bill since I got my PS3 in dec 2006
    wtf? were you like not using a computer? or a tv? or lights? before you got your ps3? it should only use the same amount of power as 2 or 3 light bulbs.

    however this is why i never left mine on 24/7 doing folding@home, if you did that you would certainly notice the difference
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  • megamanx00
    Yeah that's nice and all, but how about you start putting out some more good games to get people buy the System Sony!!!!!
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  • IzzyCraft
    gekko668So does this mean that the Ps3 slim is considers a green machine?Video games are never green machines you want to go green go play outside
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