Originally Posted by moustang
Yeah, like a year after Ice Lake is on the market.
Ryzen may do this in the future, Ryzen may do that in the future, but not any Ryzen you can buy now and not any Ryzen you can say for certain is coming out in the near future. Maybe Ryzen will eventually hit 5GHZ, and maybe by the time they do Intel will have a 6-7GHZ 8 core i7 for under $400 out that absolutely destroys it.
Unless Intel can break the laws of physics, they aren't going to release any 6 or 7ghz parts that hit that mark without destroying power efficiency or requiring phase change (or both).
Ice lake with 2 additional cores on a smaller node is going to be harder to clock as high as coffee lake. Density is higher, which drives up temperatures, and smaller nodes handle less voltage due to electromigration.
Power consumption also increases with frequency, so relying on sky high clock speeds is not a good strategy for an architecture. Bulldozer/piledriver and netburst are excellent examples of where this has failed.
In short - don't expect 6ghz CPUs anytime soon.