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The PS5 appeared both with and without an optical drive. What changes come with new versions?
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In November 2020, the Playstation 5 was released as a disc and digital edition with revision numbers CFI-1000A and CFI-1000B. In this country and in Europe, Sony assigns the “16” as the third and fourth digit of these hardware revisions, as with the PS4 and PS4 Pro. “00” usually stands for consoles in Japan, the country of origin of the manufacturer.

While in the first editions of the PS5 at least two different fans ensure that the console is as quiet as possible, Sony has been working on an initial revision of the hardware since July 2021, including a new revision number – i.e. official new PS5 versions that will be launched later came.

PS5: Everything about the CFI-1116A version

Website psu.com reported a Sony spec sheet for a new PS5 Digital Edition in July 2021, promising a lighter weight of 3.6 kilograms versus 3.9 kilograms for the original Digital Edition version. However, the dimensions and all other specifications are identical. Nevertheless, the revision number CFI-1100B01 is mentioned in the document for the new PS5 Digital Edition.

The following August, the model that (almost) matched the rumors showed up in Australia. It has been confirmed with the listed changes (including the screw for the stand) and is sold under revision number CFI-1102A. The A stands for the disc version. In addition, it was noticed in another document that the vertical base has a knurled screw that can be turned on more easily – ie by hand without the obligatory tools.

At first there were no indications of changes to the inner workings compared to the revision CFI-1000B. As a YouTuber found out in September, Sony has installed a lighter heatsink, which, according to initial assumptions, brings a slightly higher temperature. At least there is also a quieter fan and different WLAN chips. Research showed that while the exhaust air is warmer, the PS5’s processor itself runs cooler for the same power consumption. But the flash memory apparently gets warmer due to the adapted cooler. Gamers Nexus and Digital Foundry came to the same conclusion in mid-September.

Left: the previous PS5;  right: the significantly slimmed-down heatsink of the new version.

First revision update

PS5: New cooler makes Revision CFI-1100 warmer

The PS5 receives the first revision update CFI-1100. It is now clear what Sony has changed. The new version convinces rather little.

Retailers initially named July 20, 2021 as the start date for the new version. This was apparently missed by around a month, or the corresponding time passed between delivery and market launch. Revision CFI-1116A has also arrived in Germany since the beginning of September, as foraum.de can report after ordering from Otto (PS5 overview page). Other places to go when a drop is available include:

The previous rumor came true, for both consoles (disc and digital). The first signs of an upcoming, general PS5 redesign appeared at the beginning of May. Accordingly, Sony and AMD would switch from 7 to 6 nm production. At the end of May, a Sony patent for a CFI-1115A (USA) was sighted, which gives the disc variant a more powerful WLAN module. The antenna performance should increase from 5.0/3.5 dBi to 6.0/4.05 dBi. It remains to be seen whether further documents or patents (corresponding to the other edition) will appear or whether Sony will even make an announcement. We’d actually guess that both PS5 editions would benefit equally from the improvements.

PS5: New Version – Notes

As of May 2022, more rumors are emerging. A Sony certificate was found for a radio module that is explicitly intended for a “CFI-1200 series”. The new one points more towards further revision than a PS5 Pro. Even with the PS4, with the Pro version, the first of four digits and not just the hundreds place has shifted by one value. There is speculation that Sony is trying to outsmart the pandemic-related supply problems with new sources for the electronics.

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In the following tables, we gradually summarize all the findings that can be found on previous revisions and before any new revisions are announced. We’re trying to gradually bring the information into an overview, as you will find at the end of the article on Playstation 4.

PS5: Hardware Revisions

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revision available info
CFI-1016A Playstation 5 Disc Edition (at least two different fans)
CFI-1016B Playstation 5 Digital Edition (at least two different fans)
CFI-1116A new WLAN chip / lighter heatsink and alternative screw on the base / quieter fan
CFI-1116B new WLAN chip / lighter heatsink and alternative screw on the base / quieter fan
CFI-1200 cheaper WLAN chip?

The following specs for the Playstation 5 Disc and Digital Edition naturally refer to the first variants that have appeared. Nothing or very little should change in the data before a PS5 Pro could be on the agenda after a possible PS5 Slim. Incidentally, vague rumors see this as a premium console for 700 US dollars in 2023 for 8K TVs. So far, however, the reports have not been particularly reliable. We collect what other rumors about the PS5 Pro are in the linked article for you.

CFI-1000A/B Specs

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PS5 Disc & Digital Edition Spec
CPU 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz (variable frequency)
CPU architecture zen 2
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs – 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz (variable frequency)
GPU architecture Custom RDNA 2
RAM/memory interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
memory bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal storage medium Custom 825GB SSD
throughput 5.5GB/s – 8-9GB/s (compressed)
Primary storage expansion NVMe SSD slot
External memory expansion USB hard drive
optical drive optional 4K UHD Blu-ray
sound Tempest 3D Audio Tech

We will update this article as new information becomes available. At this point, we can only speculate as to what changes Sony is making to the PS5. Historically, an optimization of production and internal components should be pending. This is supported by the indications of a finer production and the WLAN chip.

PS4 revisions: digression

Let’s think back to the PS4, Sony released three different devices (PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro), which came to a total of ten different revision numbers per region in around five years. The “CUH-” prefix was followed by the numbers 10xx, 11xx, 12xx (PS4 each), 20xx (Slim), 70xx, 71xx, and 72xx (Pro each). For both the Slim and the CUH-11 and -12xx consoles, there was still a distinction between A (500 GB) and B (1 TB) depending on the storage space.

  1. CUH-1016 (November 2013: Original PS4)
  2. CUH-1116A (Mid 2014: optimized production, new colors)
  3. CUH-1116B (July 2015: 1TB HDD)
  4. CUH-1216A (July 2015: matte hard drive cover, less power consumption, quieter fan)
  5. CUH-1216B (September 2015: 1TB HDD)
  6. CUH-2016A (September 2016: PS4 Slim, smaller design, USB 3.1 upgrade at the front, no more optical audio output, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 5 GHz)
  7. CUH-2016B (April 2017: 1TB HDD)
  8. CUH-7016B (September 2016: PS4 Pro, more power for 4K TVs)
  9. CUH-7116B (Late 2017: Optimization of internal components, quieter)
  10. CUH-7216B (October 2018: new power supply, even quieter)

To list the most important changes in the revisions, we have concentrated on the variants for Europe. The PS4 Pro never came with a 500GB hard drive variant. Consequently, there is no CUH-7016A, -7116A or -7216A.

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
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  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
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  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
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  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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