AMD on the other hand, has atleast three more socket revisions planned between now and then. That's one of the reasons that I've been Intel loyal, even through the years of Athlon dominance, I liked Intel's preceived 'stability,' they seemed to stick with sockets for longer (LGA775 anyways) and I liked that I could get a chipset from the same people who made my CPU, rather than from a third party (back when I was new to this whole game
Any way you slice this, 3.5GHz with the efficiency of Core 2 is astonishgly fast for a stock
processor, I just hope Intel starts figuring out ways to improve their CPU>North Bridge interconnect, FSB has many limitations once you get past dual cores, they either need to seriously ramp up its speed and lower the latency or should start looking at implementing a Hyper-Transport-esque design, that's how I see it anyways.
EDIT: also, the comment about hoping AMD/ATI/Nvidia would start following Intel's leadership and start using much lower process sizes and bring efficiencies up and heat output/power consumption down etc.
You have to realize that Intel isn't called Chipzilla for nothing, they're simply massive compared to AMD/ATI, Intel spends millions and even billions of dollars in R&D and is thus able to move to a lower process size virtually every 2 years (90nm>65nm>45nm>32nm>25nm if memory serves) while AMD/ATI simply can't keep up with that kind of pace, AMD is finally bringing out their first 65nm designs (December 5th possibly) and I would be surprised if they could get a grip on 45nm within 3 years.
ATI and Nvidia are fabless companies meaning they have to rely on third party companies to actually manufacture their die wafers so its up to companies like TSMC to get cracking on lower process sizes, it's really not ATI or Nvidia's fault but these third party fabs also can't compete with Intel's massive R&D budget.