[quote]Originally posted by KidRed:
I disagree. Checking your email, writing out some letter and surfing the net will not require or benefit from a 2.0+ghz chip. I have a 450 now, and the dual 800 will only save me a few seconds in PS and maybe a few tasks in the finder. So once those few seconds are made up there is no current need for more speed. If you aren't waiting it's pretty instant.
That's why I said mainly 3D and video editors will constantly want the speed increases.
I honestly don't see how I would need a 10+ ghz computer 5 years from now barring the apps and OS's don't get bloated.</strong><hr></blockquote>
And I must respectfully disagree with you on this point.
5 years ago, your computer was plenty fast already for word processing, e-mail, and most mundane tasks - heck, it was probably fast enough 10 years ago for that stuff. However, web browsing was slow, 3-d graphics rare (and incredibly slow), and video playback (let alone streaming video on the Web) were barely within reach of the best PCs.
It is important for computing power to keep increasing because the applications which become practical or even possible keeps increasing as a result. There are a gazillion (pardon the technical language
) things a desktop computer could do in principle, but doesn't because the computing power required is too much for current hardware.
5 years from now, your computer will be powerful enough to do things that we can't even imagine right now. We'll look back on a 1.6 GHz G5 and be amazed we ever got anything done with such a snail of a processor. 7 years ago, I thought my 6100 with a 60 MHz PPC 601 processor was way cool. I can't even use it, now.
No computer will ever be "fast enough", IMHO. I can't wait for what's coming next!
[ 11-28-2001: Message edited by: TJM ]</p>