Originally Posted by OtterBooks
Meanwhile recent generations of Intel's consumer cpus are coming out with incremental power increases of 5-7%; gone are the days of Moore's Trend. A solid desktop rig can hold its own for 5 years with very little new-tech envy. Laptops maybe a bit less, but you get the idea.
That's a little deceptive. Five years ago, a dual core processor was new and exciting (in the desktop market, at least). Now, quad core is pretty much standard outside of the bargain bin market. Processor speeds aren't going up much, but number of processors is.
(It's less noticable to the consumer, because programming for effective use of multiple processors is much harder, and pointless for most consumer software other than games, so your basic point is valid, but Moore's Law is still actually more or less on track in terms of total processing power.)