Originally Posted by taustin
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.)
True, but consumer software, including games, has still been slow in taking advantage of multiple cores. Paired with a decent GPU, even a dual-core (granted, hyperthreaded) Ivy Bridge cpu can handle just about any game on the market. Pro multimedia work is another matter, of course.