Based on a detailed analysis of rumored PlayStation 5 Pro specs, Zen 2 CPU with a $100 price seems like the most sensible choice.
A few months ago u/Zhukov-74 shared some information about the rumored specifications of the PlayStation 5 Pro. They mentioned that it might have an eight-core Zen 2 CPU running at a speed below 4 GHz, a custom GPU with 60 compute units using RDNA 3 architecture, operating at 2500-2800 MHz, and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 18000MT/s. There was also a talk of a potential boost in Tempest Engine performance and the inclusion of two shader engines.
Now, the rumors are gaining more traction, suggesting that the PlayStation 5 Pro could indeed be powered by a Zen 2 CPU, which seems to make sense for the system. Keep reading on to know the updates on this developing news.
Rumored Specs for the PlayStation 5 Pro
LeviathanGamer on Twitter carefully examined the leaked details of the new system, checking out both the CPU and GPU.
Here are some leaked rumored specs for the PlayStation 5 Pro:
- 8-core custom AMD Zen 2 CPU at around 4 GHz
- Custom AMD RDNA 3 hybrid GPU with 60 CUs @2500-2800 MHz
- 16 GB GDDR6 RAM (with 2-4 GB DDR5 allocated for OS) at 18 Gbps
The base PS5’s CPU can hit a maximum clock speed of 3.5GHz. The rumored PS5 Pro is expected to boast 16GB of 18,000 MT/s GDDR6 memory.
The analysis suggests that using a CPU similar to the one in the base PS5 makes the most sense. The Zen 3 architecture could provide a 16% performance boost, but it comes with a bigger size that might increase manufacturing costs without giving much benefit to a system that can’t turn off CPU cores. The same problem could occur with a Zen 4 CPU due to its increased size.
A Zen 4c CPU, despite having a smaller size, wouldn’t work well for the PS5 Pro because it has a layout meant for 16 cores, not the 8 cores needed for the console. Also, the performance improvements from these newer architectures may not make a big difference in games that rely heavily on the CPU.
So, going with a Zen 2 CPU seems like the most sensible choice for the PlayStation 5 Pro.
LeviathanGamer also discussed the possible PlayStation 5 Pro GPU. He mentioned that using either RDNA2 or RDNA3-based GPU could make the size of the chip (die size) bigger or smaller, but it might not make a big difference in how much it costs to make.
The key factor that could significantly affect the cost of making the APU (main processor) for the new gaming console is the technology used in the manufacturing process, called the process node. If they use a 6nm process node, the production costs might only go up by $60-80 compared to the current models. This is a good choice because the base model already uses a 6nm process. However, there could be some problems with power and heat if the leaked specifications are true. The PS5 Pro might use 50W more power than the base model.
If they go with a Zen 2 CPU and a 6nm process node, the new console should be priced around $100 more than the slimmer version of the PS5. This seems like a reasonable price when you consider everything.
The specifications are impressive, but what really counts is the price, and it seems quite reasonable. Considering the cost of the slim version, there’s a growing belief that the pro version might be priced around $700-$650, which is only $100 more than the slimmer model.
At that price, people might consider upgrading to the pro version. However, we’ll have to wait until September 2024 for the launch of the Sony PlayStation 5 Pro to know for sure.
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