Theinquirer.net can report some interesting tidbits about the PS3 GPU after a recent trip to Japan. It seems like the second gen dev kits were running nowhere close to full speed or spec.
Documents shown to them on the trip showed that there were two versions, labeled 'CEB' and 'DEH'. The earlier CEB has a chip called CBE connected to main memory and to a south bridge. The SB is then connected to a chip labled 'NV4x' over a PCIe link. The upcoming version DEH has the CBE and main memory, but the NV4x/SB combo is replaced by the RSX. If you wanted to know what makes RSX more than a GPU, it looks like it is SB functionality.
The slightly more curious bit, encouraging and disturbing at the same time, is the current state of RSX. The disturbing part is that the slide I was shown had "Current DEH's aren't final spec or speed" in bold letters. Speed, OK, but not final spec at this point in time leaves precious little room for debugging before the console release. On a different note the current ones are running the RSX core at 420MHz with 550 expected for launch. Memory is set at 600MHz with 700 hoped for as final.
I see another delay or a hack job product.
The PS3 is looking more sad every day.
I agree 100%, shotty. If they don't delay, the PS3 will come out sucking more than the Sega Saturn... unless the Sony execs start praying or something.
I TOLD THE PS3 FANS THAT SONY WAS LYING AGAIN! THIS COMES AS NO SUPPRISE TO ME! BUT THEY SAID THAT IT WAS TWICE AS POWERFUL THAN THE XBOX 360!! LMFAO! SONY SHOULD GO INTO THE COMEDY BUSINESS!!
i`ll still buy an old ps2 over an xbox 360..just make sure my dear ps is ready for november..
cell conference vid below