The makers of the RPCS3 emulator revealed that the new Intel Alder Lake processors are the best for emulating a PlayStation 3. There is, however, a catch.
PlayStation 3 is probably one of the most difficult emulation consoles on a PC. This is due to the highly complex architecture of the Cell processor, which has been a nightmare for game developers over the years as well. Despite this, the creators of the RPCS3 emulator are not giving up and they are doing quite well. They just admitted that if you want to play PS3 games on your computers (original of course), it is worth investing in Alder Lake processors.
Alder Lake processors for emulating PlayStation 3
A post was posted on the official RPCS3 Twitter account in which the emulator’s creators admitted that Alder Lake processors are the best chips to use their program at this point. There is, however, a catch. To obtain the highest possible efficiency, it is necessary to switch off the energy-saving E (Efficiency) cores. If you don’t, you’re supposedly wasting a whole lot of computing power.
If you are using an Alder Lake (Intel 12th Gen) CPU with RPCS3, make sure you disable the little cores, otherwise you’re leaving a lot of performance on the table.
With disabled E-cores you get AVX-512 and higher ring ratio.
ADL’s performance is by far the best of any CPU arch.
– RPCS3 (@ rpcs3) November 18, 2021
Why is this happening? Because disabling the energy-saving E cores allows the processor to handle the AVX-512 instruction. These are extremely important in the case of PlayStation 3 games, because they allow you to emulate a lot of console instructions. Fortunately, the same is not the case with the daily use of Alder Lake processors, as few programs use the AVX-512 instructions. This is due to the fact that these are not supported by AMD chips, so software developers don’t want to get addicted to them. According to rumors, this may change with models with Zen 4 architecture.
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