The PlayStation 5 gets a 6nm SoC
according to AngstronomyThe third PS5 console model codenamed “CFI-1202” comes with a smaller SoC called “Oberon Plus”.
The latest variant of the Sony console has an updated SoC manufactured using TSMC 6nm process technology. This tiny node is compatible with the 7nm node used so far for the Sony PS5 “Oberon” SoC.
Oberon’s 6nm port has the same design and offers no change in processor configuration. That is, the core Zen2 compute and RDNA2 graphics architectures have not changed.
The discovery of the new SoC comes just weeks after the first reports of a new console variant being spotted in Australia. Apparently, the new version not only has improved internals such as a new motherboard, smaller and lighter cooler, but also updated silicon that strengthens the console. A full teardown of the PS5 console version 3 was posted by Austin Evans earlier this month.
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The design and specifications of the Oberon Plus are identical to the 7nm variant, but the chip is smaller, at around 260mm², compared to the original’s 300mm². These changes mean the console requires less power and a less demanding cooling solution.
For AMD and Sony, this means more chips can be made on a single wafer at the same time, so the estimated manufacturing cost of the updated console could be as much as 12% lower. The Microsoft Xbox Series, based on the 7nm AMD SoC, will also be updated with 6nm designs in the future.