Solved Future processors making I7s look like celerys.

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June 14, 2012 at 16:06:24
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How powerful do you think future CPUs will be compared to now (2012)

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June 14, 2012 at 22:11:17
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Processor development today isn't as exciting as it once was. If you had a 10 year old computer back in 1999, you would've been running DOS on a 386. Even your non-technical, AOL-using, Macy Gray listening friends would've laughed at you.

If you use a 10 year old rig today, you probably have a 2.4GHz P4 with Windows XP. A little dated, yet perfectly adequate for watching cat vids and drowning your Word docs in cheesy clip art.

Intel's next "tock" (major redesign) is called Haswell. That chip is expected to have four hyper-threaded cores and a dual channel memory controller--just like the Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, and Westmere CPUs before it. Haswell's integrated graphics component, however, will receive a huge boost. With OpenCL on the rise, I believe AMD and Intel are going to focus more on integrating efficient, highly flexible GPUs to boost the performance of their processors.

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June 15, 2012 at 09:54:24
So basically the CPUs will stay the same for a while and the integrated graphics will be getting better.

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June 15, 2012 at 12:06:34
CPU performance will improve but not as rapidly as in the past. Around the turn of the century CPU clock rates were rising rapidly, and then ran into the laws of physics which ended that. There is a limit to how small you can make things and how fast electrons can move. There are still improvements that can be made but there won't be any dramatic performance improvements, barring of course some major and unanticipated breakthrough.

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July 9, 2012 at 02:18:18
Like LMiller said, clock speeds are the bottleneck right now. That's why you see vendors adding more cores rather than increasing the clock speeds to get higher performance.


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November 4, 2012 at 19:32:34
Do any of you think it's likely we'll see 8+ REAL cores running at 3.5GHz+ for consumer use in the near term? I mean on a single die of course, you can already do that with a dual processor MoBo.

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