Infrared photos of PlayStation 5 SoC: a close-up of Sony’s console

When the specifications of Microsoft and Sony’s new gaming consoles were announced last year, it became clear that the two companies had taken a different approach when it came to getting the necessary performance. Where the Windows maker applies more GPU cores at a lower speed, Sony has opted to use fewer CPUs at a higher, dynamic speed.


The soc from the PlayStation 5. Image: Fritzchens Fritz

Where Microsoft shared a photo of the AMD-soc in the Series X long before the release, Sony remained a bit quieter in that regard. Chip photographer Fritzchens Fritz has now changed that, by shooting a few relatively detailed pictures of the silicon in the Playstation 5.
On Twitter, user Locuza then tried to copy it die shot to interpret.

The 36 compute units of the graphics section occupy the center of the chip, with eight Zen 2 cores on the left and some I / O components on the right. At the top and bottom are the physical connections for the gddr6 memory.


The (possible) internal layout of the chip. Image: @Locuza

If Locuza’s interpretation is correct, there appear to be 40 cu’s physically on the the which would mean that Sony is not using four. This could have been done from yield considerations. It is also striking that the layout of the PS5 chip is slightly different from that of Microsoft: with the Xboxsoc the two Zen 2 ccx’s are separated by media accelerators, where they are next to each other on Sony’s chip.


The Xbox Series X chip, as shared by Microsoft

Sources: Fritzchens Fritz (Flickr), @Locuza (Twitter)

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