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For Next-Generation CPUs, Not Moving Data Is the New 1GHz

by Joel Hruska

(Image by Tomekbudujedomek/Getty Images)

One way the computer industry has slowly evolved in the past decade is a shift in where engineers are hunting for further performance and efficiency gains. The old focus on clock speed ended in 2004, when Intel canceled Tejas, Jayhawk, and the 4GHz Pentium 4. One could call 2004–2011 the first multi-core era. The median high-end enthusiast CPU core…

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