goingware writes: "This article at C|Net tells how Intel canceled plans to produce an 800 MHz Xeon. They had feedback from major OEMs telling them they wanted fewer speedbumps with larger incremental improvements. I think that's a positive step, actually. I know from doing performance analysis of software that simply making a speedbump to a processor doesn't win the end-user that much, it's mainly for marketing reasons. This is because the performance of real systems these days is limited so much by memory access times and other factors. It would be better if manufacturers concentrated on engineering improvements that would result in real performance gains rather than notching up the clock speed."