Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
yeah the innovation side of things might really be in jeopardy. I think we are already seeing it now. Turn the clock back a a couple years and I would not have been caught dead with a last gen CPU. Now my CPU is two gens behind and it really isn't that far behind in performance. Though I place a lot of blame on software for not giving me a reason to upgrade as well.
I agree with this assessment. I was holding a lot of hope for LGA2011/X79 for instance, but it is utterly disappointing in terms of performance and innovation when compared to the LGA1366/X58 platform. Minor incremental increases in performance are all that we are seeing, probably primarily due to shrinks and improvements in the process more than anything else. I am sticking to the LGA1366 platform for a while still for this exact reason. Having said that, software does play a big part in it.
Originally Posted by kevinf
^QFT, at work I run an AMD 955 quad core, and even during compilation, svn, IDEs, VMs, I very rarely see 4 cores at 50%, let alone 2 cores at 100% for the matter. 7zip multi-core archive is the only thing that really stresses this cpu...
Yup, continuing what I was saying above, most consumer software for general use is in a lot of ways already "maxed-out" in regards to the performance you can extract out of it. If you think about an average workday of an average desktop computer user in an office, it generally consists of email, document manipulation (notes, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.), and research (not scientific, rather "research" on the Net). There is nothing really to improve there in terms of performance as most dual core CPUs are good enough for all of these activities. Like right now, I am using a 6 year old laptop in my office, T7200 with 4GB of DDR2 memory and I am getting by just fine. The only upgrade I made to it personally was put in my own 120GB SSD. I can still do 90% of tasks on here without any issues. Improvements to software can certainly be made in CAD and graphics applications in general, IDEs and compilers, and some specialized R&D applications, but those certainly represent a very small segment of the overall users. Quite frankly, aside from games on desktops I cannot think of one thing that a general user would need that would truly require the horsepower of any of the more recent chips.