Sony PS4K is codenamed NEO, features upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM

Sony logoSony may be tight-lipped for now, but it's looking increasingly likely that the company will release an updated version of the PlayStation 4 later this year. So far, the rumoured console has gone under the moniker PS4K or PS4.5, but a new report from gaming site GiantBomb suggests that the codename for the console is "NEO," and it even provides hardware specs for the PlayStation 4's improved CPU, GPU, and higher bandwidth memory.

Those specs include a CPU clock speed bump from 1.6GHz to 2.1Ghz, an improved AMD GPU with 36 Compute Units (CU) running at 911MHz, and a memory bandwidth bump up to 218GB/s. While GiantBomb noted that the CPU cores remain based on AMD's Jaguar architecturewhich was originally a chip developed for laptopsthe GPU specs tie into recent rumours that AMD had landed big design wins for its new Polaris architecture.

Sony PS4K is codenamed NEO, features upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM

Should the PS4 NEO GPU feature 36 CUs, that would mean around 2304 stream processorseffectively doubling the amount from the old chip. According to TechPowerUp, those specs are extremely similar to AMD's Polaris 10 "Ellesmere" chip, which is rumoured to be used in an upcoming standalone Radeon R9 480 graphics card. While AMD has refused to comment on the scuttlebutttelling Ars, "We do not comment on rumour or speculation"the company has noted in the past that the focus of Polaris is on power efficiency and "console-class gaming on a thin-and-light notebook."

Indeed, a product roadmap shown in March at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco indicated that AMD will swiftly follow up Polaris with Vega, a higher-performance part featuring second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2).

Using a more efficient Polaris GPU might be necessary, not only for performance but to keep the power envelope of the PS4 NEO down. While Sony has already updated the internals of the PS4 since launch with the CUH-1200 modelreducing the amount of memory chips and fitting a more efficient power supplythe APU itself remains unchanged and is based on the same 28nm manufacturing process.

Anandtech's analysis of the Jaguar architecture before the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One suggested that the PS4's 1.6GHz clock speed was the "sweet spot" for Jaguar, with a boost up to 2GHz requiring a 66 percent increase in TDP. That's more power for the PS4 NEO to suck down and more heat to try to remove, something that Sony is unlikely to want after quieting down the console with the CUH-1200 updates. However, that potential power increase could be offset by a move to a more efficient 14nm process, which Polaris is already confirmed to be based on.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: game consoles, PlayStation 4, Sony, videocards

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
 
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
 
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
 
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
 
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
 
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
 
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
 
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)