Originally Posted by Ninja_Boy
After quad-core they might have a heating issuse so you could get a Mobo with dual CPU slots and have 8 cores and have 4 card SLI lol and 16GB of ram. You could have 4 15k hard drives and 2 X-FI's lol. I don't think you would need that much speed and it would cost over $10,000, but at least you know you won't need to upgrade... ever. Maybe 7.2 Surround Sound in DD Pro Logic IIIIII and a 28" LCD Monitor. That would be sweet.
You can already get most of that with a high-end workstaion motherboard. I would bet by the time Intel and AMD start producing quad core processors, they'd be building them on 45nm transistors, which according to Intel's projections at least, use about 1/8th the power of their 90nm fab. Quad core chips could probably run cooler
than current single core chips. I say bring on the cores, once more software becomes multithreaded, the program can make use of any processor you have avaiable. It's not just dual threading, it's multithreading, where the only limit of threads you can run is either the number supported by the OS or by how many processors you have.
You lack the other part of the fab process. I believe someone posted here it costs Intel about $38 in materials and labor to build a Pentium 4. But that's not factoring in the research and development in designing the processor. To add more cache, they need to design it differently and change the structure to keep the latencies lower, that designing costs extra money. And with L1 cache needed to be exceptionally fast and almost zero latency, I bet the design process is quite complex.