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I know CPUs get faster and faster, along with everything else. But other than stress tests, what challenges truly exist for todays CPUs?

I'm not talking problems requiring supercomputing clusters, I'm talking applications that the everyday user would see a serious benefit in faster CPUs from.

Seriously, I'm sure that someone with two GTX580s in SLI and a watercooled 980x will be able to play every game released in the next five years, no problems at all.

What beasts remain to challenge us? What new opponents will our little grains of sand turned semiconductors actually face in the future?
    
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post #2 of 21
I remember when people were asking the same exact questions back when Pentium 4 was released.
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I remember when people were asking the same exact questions back when Pentium 4 was released.

True, but in the past 4 years, i haven't really seen much progress in software and games. even with an E6600 dualcore/4Gb RAM/8800GT SLi you can do almost anything. and thats quite an old setup.
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post #4 of 21
Your CPU can still take over an hour to encode HD movies.


Five years, no problem? Think about that.... think back about the hardware and games were like 4-5 years ago.
Edited by DuckieHo - 1/19/11 at 7:59am
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The cpu's get faster and faster because a lot of the programs that are being built now days are getting larger and more "hungry" for resources. Look at just Outlook. I'm not saying it is really intensive but all the new features and what not that come with it today.

Then you have the new games with much better graphics and such. I remember playing a FPS back in like 2000 and when you were sniping all you could see was a dot and that was the other person LOL.
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Rendering and encoding.
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post #7 of 21
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I suppose... I mean I feel the biggest advancements in the next 5 years will come from SSDs becoming cheaper and faster, not from CPUs becoming radically faster. IB will be fast, but the 1st gen i7s will already push nearly any system as hard as it can go.
    
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Another 2 or 3 generations of CPUs and GPUs we should have virtually photo-realistic games. Probly be the same arcade console plastic we've got now with better graphics.
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post #9 of 21
The challenge is now, not if it can be done, but how fast it can be done as well as how small it can be made.

I would also say it's been that way for quite some time!
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video.
But yes, you are completely correct.
Just run DSL.

CPUs are getting quicker, more efficient, smaller and easier to code for. We will figure out more stuff to need them for! Currently we love things in real time, for example, rapid searching as you type in real time requires inverted binary trees or similar EXPENSIVE datatypes which require large amounts of memory and CPU power when compared with more typical comparative and non comparative data structures.
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