Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 22:50 UTC
Games Ars reviews the PlayStation 3 personal computer game console, and they say: "The PS3 doesn't have any grand ideas; Sony wanted something high-tech, so they started from scratch with the processor and GPU, but what does it get them? Very little so far. The controller is a mash-up of ideas from their old systems, the 360's triggers, and the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities, but once it has that tech it doesn't really know what to do with it. The Blu-ray adds cost, but adds very little to the gaming experience for the user. It's great as a media player, but for those of us who love games first and foremost, we have to look at it skeptically. The PS3 is a system with no core message, and that is what keeps it from being elegant. Will it do great things in the future? I hope so, the possibility and potential are certainly there. For now, it's power looking for a mission statement."
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RE[2]: The way I see it
by santana on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 18:21 UTC in reply to "RE: The way I see it"
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"NO IT CAN NOT BE A GENERAL PURPOSE PC... atleast not a good one, stop believing sony FUD,

The Cell processor is an In-Order Executive Processor, with NO branch prediction, in other words, its highly in-efficient and much slower at general processing than any other desktop processor, and on top of that its technically only got 1 single general purpose core."

Uhmmm, yes, it CAN be a general purpose PC, as can be clearly seen on the net, with several people installing full Fedora 5 on it. Search YouTube, and see for yourself (you don't have to trust Sony "FUD", if you actually know what that means)

Yes, it's PPE (which is PPC derivate) it is in order processor, yes it is not as good with branching code as out of order processors, however, from first (clearly Cell unoptimised) benchmarks, it is 3 times slower than AMD4400+ (dual core 2.2 Ghz with 1Mb cache per processor), or about the same speed as G5 1.6Ghz. Last time I checked, 1.6 GHz G5 was quite usable and capable general purpose PC.

Apart from that, SPEs WILL be utilised for at least some Linux code, especially in media processing. For guest OSes there are 6 SPEs avaiable, and I'm sure some guys will put them to good use very soon.

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