Originally Posted by Mad Pistol
The biggest revolution in Intel's lineup has been Conroe. It was just a massive leap over the Pentium 4's netburst architecture. Clock-for-clock, it was literally 100% faster, used less power, and overclocked to the moon.
Sadly, we will probably never see something like this again from the consumer CPU market.
We've been hitting a wall for a long time now when it comes to clock for clock, and its not so much an issue of laziness to improve because of a lack of competition, but silicon has its own limitations. The future is more cores, and more cores, and so long as applications are programmed to use all those cores we'll continue to see huge performance gains. If we simply look at single core performance each time the improvements there will always be disappointing compared to past leaps.