Building a Rig? Don't Forget the Playstation 3 Cell Processor Add-In Card!

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dstevens

long ago when PSX was established and Ps2 was the trend for console gamers.... software like pcsx2 and various other ingenious emulators for the PS1 were trying to let us gamers enjoy the vast PS library on our machines.....

 i had a dream where a PC add-in card was manufactured and sold on the market --- 

(by sony of course -- omg lets not make better products than sony cause they wouldnt like that)http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/sony_wont_license_playstation_brand_sony_ericsson

that allowed the consumer to play original (certainly not a backup version though - cause DVD's last forever.... right?) PSX / PS2 Games on our PC's via an add-in card that contained the PS CPU / VPU.

Hell most of my friends wouldnt mind paying 2/3rd the cost of a console system to be able to do that!! (And i know it can be done too.... this card just proves it, and proves that if sony farted money would hemorage out....)

 

Get a clue Sony... somtimes i think you are as bad as if not worse than MSzilla...

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wk

if they really want to sell this card, it should enable playing PS3 on PC (some games at least).

MPC is my home page

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avanish11

$400? I doubt that anybody would pay that much for this, especially since it won't help gaming performance much at all. The max I would pay for something like this is around 60 bucks.

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digital demon

These will go the way of the PPU faster than you can say AEGIA.

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Keith E. Whisman

$400 bucks for something that's just going to accellerate HD video is about as logical as paying the same price for a physics accellerator that only (a, as in 1) game really supports. With CPU's and GPU's getting more and more powerfull I really don't mind bogging my CPU and GPU's downs watching HD video as long as the video is clean and jerk free.

In other words this is utter crap. I would rather throw 400 bucks out in the streets then buy one of these things. You 400bucks is better spend buying a fast quad core CPU, lots of ram or a GTX280 video card.

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jwalch.hawk

I wasn't thanking Sony for the Cell anyway, seeing as they weren't really responsible...  The fact that the PS3 contains the Cell microprocessor and that Sony sold the PS3 units doesn't imply that that Sony was responsible for the Cell processor itself.

Technically speaking, it was a joint venture between Toshiba, Sony, and IBM... Given that IBM holds pretty much all the patents regarding the technology, I'm inclined to believe that they were primarily responsible for the actual development of the chip. 

In any case, I've heard that developers just LOVE (please break out your sarcasometers here) writing for it...  Just like they love writing for multicore in general - seeing as how we're just inundated with apps that actually hit all cores and all.  I don't see it being of all that much utility right now.  Hopefully that changes, though.

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dc10ten

Does this card only geared for multimedia applications? or is this an add in card for just simply extra computing power? for those trying to get the most its an interesting idea.

unless the idea is to have a computer be able to do encoding while gaming???

 if it was for extra computing power and more around $100 it could be something to consider, I have doubts though.

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ulgri

Why post a contrite response to an article simply because the card does not apply to gaming?  This does not claim to do ANYTHING with gaming, and while gaming usually does push computing- the stuff that goes into MAKING games like pixel/face/body tracking in real time and upscale conversion not to mention encoding and decoding are demanded.  Cards like these will enhance making games and all other forms of media.

 

Just cause it was not designed for YOU does not mean it is not noteworthy of mention or invention

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ulgri

Why post a contrite response to an article simply because the card does not apply to gaming?  This does not claim to do ANYTHING with gaming, and while gaming usually does push computing- the stuff that goes into MAKING games like pixel/face/body tracking in real time and upscale conversion not to mention encoding and decoding are demanded.  Cards like these will enhance making games and all other forms of media

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Strongbad536

If they can find a way for us to play MGS4, Killzone 2, Resistance, and SOCOM, this would be great, but until then, I don't really think its worth it.  Probably will end up like the PPU. 

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Thrall

I could see it being an add-in card for a laptop that doesn't have the processing power for hd video where upgrading a cpu would be difficult.

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HeartBurnKid

Considering I can get a lower-mid-range GeForce or Radeon card for about $100, and have it do all this plus light gaming... why would I want to spend $280 on this?

Make it play PS3 games, and then it's a maybe.  Until then, it's pointless.

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skhills

They'll need some real marketing magic to get this one off the ground.

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marudd2002

I would absolutely love to hear the logical argument of why I would ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever spend more than $50-$60 on something like this when it doesn't natively do 3D gaming. I have a card that does everything this card does but mine also does HD gaming in DX9, DX10, and OpenGL. Can their card do any of that? No? Then what's the point? I see this card dying off more quickly and painfully than Ageia's PhysX PCI cards. That is unless they begin to market it as a full (see: actual) video card by today's standards.

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Fanboys are annoying. Price/Performance is top priority. Patience=Awesome.

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