Originally posted by quagmire
Well didn't the indrustry think 400 Mhz(or was it around 500 Mhz) was the fastest CPU's could go. Well in went faster. This is the same story. People think 2.5 Ghz G5 is the fastest the PPC can go before adding another core and 4 Ghz on the P4. Trust me one this CPU's will go faster then 4 Ghz including the PPC on a single core. It will be around 6 Ghz when we will hit trouble.
I tend to agree with quagmire. Just because you can not see the future does not mean it is not there.
Nr9, reminds me of chicken little.
If memory serves me correct he was the one that told everyone the sky was falling.
I think research, and technology will push on, and the door to higher clock cycles will be opened once again in the near future.
Until that time I think Apple may have a head start on optimizing their computers performance by other means weather it be multiprocessing, clustering, code optimization, and/or utilizing the GPU to increase performance.
The only set back is if they intend to use the GPU to strengthen system performance they have to get a grip on OpenGL for once, and also start providing better graphics card solutions. If they don't they will remain dead in the water because the X86 side totally outperforms in these categories already, and once they (x86 side) start to utilize the same things Apple will look all the worse.
Which brings me back to something I said in an older thread about Apple needing to change the way the Mac graphics cards are, and develop a motherboard that will enable plug, and play with PC graphics cards.
I think it's time they (apple) hire a new OpenGL team dedicated to porting PC graphics drivers to start putting them in the system updates as they become available. Also, incorporate a PC graphics card compatibility list on their web site, and just keep adding cards to the list as the team finishes the drivers.
Something needs to be done in this area if Apple intends not only to survive, but to compete which is what they should be striving for.
Then again. It shouldn't be Apples job in it's entirety to supply graphics drivers for Macs. Nvidia, and ATI should both participate if Apple opens up to a more standard graphics card system.