Originally Posted by u3b3rg33k
Yes, I'd much rather they stopped advancing technology instead.
Putting more of the north bridge on die does absolutely nothing for the enthusiasts. It's simply Intel trying to be like ARM.
But, let me ask you this. Your CPU came out in 2008. It is now 2012 and the latest Intel CPU is Ivy Bridge, Haswell if you want to be generous.
In 2004, Intel had a single core Pentium 4. In 2008, they released Bloomfield.
I really wouldn't say we've progressed that much with x86 performance from 2008 to 2012 as we have from 2004 to 2008. In my view, the enthusiast market has been basically dead and stagnant since 2008. Even if you upgraded your Wheatly, what would you get out of it? 30% better performance between overclock and IPC? And what would you have gotten going from P4 to Nehalem? 3 more cores and a chip that is faster at 3ghz than the Pentium 4 at 4ghz per core. AMD hasn't done much either.
Intel and AMD have no reason to make faster x86 cpus, since nothing needs it. a 4 year old CPU is still not a bottleneck. And all these analysts sit back and wonder why the enthusiast market is not growing.