Neat. It may have few games, little industry support and be in third place by far; but at least it has a use now. Hacking!
The Cell processor at the heart of the PS3 is the key to speeding up the time it takes to crack a password.
In a presentation given at the Kiwicon security conference in mid-November, Mr Breese said a powerful Intel chip could crank through 10-15 million cycles per second.
The architecture of the Cell processor meant it could speed through 1.4 billion cycles per second. This speed boost was possible because each Cell chip had several processing cores – each one of which could be effectively trying passwords at the same time.
This was important when attempting “brute force” attacks that go through all possible combinations for a password.
I’d buy a PS3 at 199 like a shot. Even at 250 … at 500 though they can forget it. No games console is worth 500.
Yes, I know about this too.