Originally Posted by Emmanuel
I don't understand what all the excitement is about, we're reaching die shrinks that make CPUs less and less overclockable due to being very sensitive to voltage. Here 99% of people don't care about power consumption (except when bashing nVidia) so "higher power efficiency" isn't a valid reason unless it translates into "considerable performance gains". Just my 2 cents, not against technology advancing but I'm starting to see the end of the overclocking days
Intel has stated performance gains of upwards of 30% from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge. Does that not seem like a considerable performance gain to you?
Additionally, nowhere has it been stated that Ivy Bridge will be less overclockable than Sandy Bridge. Why are you conjecturing this when recent die shrinks have led to even more overclocking capabilities? Compare Sandy Bridge to Nehalem -- the high end of air overclocking on Nehalem was 4GHz and for Sandy Bridge it's closer to 5 GHz.
So, yeah, I don't think anything you just said has any merit.