Originally Posted by DesertRat
The time will come, but I do agree, at least right now, there's no need. Unfortunately, in today's uber consumer-driven world, if it's not needed, it's not dev'd it seems. Remember when AMD came out with the Athlon 64, and people were like "we don't need 64-bit, nothing works with it. I bet it can't even run other stuff"? It was tech before it's time, yes, but it was a solid performer and a step forward regardless. We used to see large tech improvements every 12-18 months when desktop and workstation computing was THE THING. Now that so much has moved toward being focused on mobile computing, we're lucky to see much of any performance and tech leaps. Sure, things are getting smaller, lighter, and more power efficient, but where's the breakthrough performance increases? The new and exciting technologies?
Maybe I'm missing things, but I feel like when I 1st started into the tech world that there were bigger gains more often. Leaps and bounds. Now we see a slow crawl. Maybe I'm just jaded....
It's the nature of things. Early inventions had lots of easy things to improve on, leading to rapid initial developments. As technology matures, improvements get harder and harder to make.
That is why Bulldozer is having rapid advancements right now. Piledriver had a 10-15% improvement just from fixing the easy stuff. There is still a lot of things that can be improved with Bulldozer's design, while Intel's Haswell (which traces its roots back to Pentium 3) is reaching its plateau.
Maybe Intel will surprise us and roll out some advancements they've been keeping in their back pocket, but I doubt it. It's not profitable for them to push performance first, because that's not what the market wants. What both AMD and Intel are doing is pushing efficiency and lowering power consumption first, then scaling up the power for their performance parts, rather than pushing performance first then scaling down.