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I am curious if anyone has any glimpse with regards to processor or general computer speed projected over the next 5 years. Can anyone tell me, what in general makes a computer fast. I am always a bit surprised when I go down to Best Buy and look at the most current and top of the line desktop computers and laptops for sale. It seems like they are still very slow in many ways. Simple things tend to take time and you are still burdened with watching the wait cursor. In general does anyone know how many arithemetic instructions can be carried out in one second on a current top of the line Intel Desktop PC? For example let's say how many times can the number "1" be added to itself in one second. This is kind of a free for all question? So feel free to contribute an answer.
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Thanks experts for the great answers. It seems to me that instead of faster CPU's that maybe the goal should be more efficient and optimized interaction between various hardware components communicating with each other. Yeah, Nobus. I remememer that even up until the late 90's the emphasis was on more effecient, leaner, optizimed and faster code. Now with bigger hardware, I can see that much of the code out there can be bloated and innefecient.