As funny as it might sound, but the Playstation 3 processor is so cost-effective that scientists create clusters of PS3 units for scientific computing.
(picture: PS3 server cluster)
Playstation 3 cell processor
Scientists appreciate the new processor of the PS3, the so called cell processor:
Due to the fact that you can also install Linux on a PS3 (a feature that the PS3 Slim lacks), the Playstation 3 is capable of doing everything what a real PC could possibly do. I’ve been very impressed when I learned what the cell processor is capable of.
The processor of the PlayStation 3 has about 234 million transistors on a single die (one of the best dual-core CPUs in 2005 only had a bit more than 200-million).