exactly. we're starting to see physical limitations on processor speed, so instead of pusing them to their limits and having heat and stability issues, they just pack more on a chip. this will be the trend in the future--more cores and more software taking advatage of it.You can only clock processors so high before you have issues. Going to multi-threaded apps and os's is the way to go...
I was looking at the Q6600 yesterday on the egg. $269 w/ free shipping, and it is a drop in upgrade. Right now I have a E6400 running 3.2Ghz
Some friends have been clocking the new Xeons and getting absurd clocks. 4Ghz with a few tenths higher on true voltage. 4Ghz quad coupled with 3870 corssfire or X2 would rox deh sox.I am waiting for my penryn proc and will either grab the new 3870 X2 or the G92 x2 gpu when it drops.
Move my current rig to the living room as an HTPC and chill
We'll see what happens.