|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.
HTPC | Pentium M @ 2.82GHz, 2MB L2) | 4GB | 1.0TB | Radeon HD5750 | Blu-Ray
Win 7 Pro | Modified PowerMac G4 QuickSilver case