Is there a limit on specs for which a computer could be useful all your lifetime? I mean, a computer from 95 was not useful in 2005, a computer in 2005 is somewhat useful in 2015 and I bet a 2015 computer will be useful in 2025, so the gap is closing
What people need to realize is that computers in ten years between 1995 and 2005 went from 133 MHz Pentiums to the 3800MHz Pentium 4. You might as well call it a 30X performance gain. In one decade. We will never see that again.
From 2005 to 2015 we went from 65nm single cores to 14nm quad cores with a great integrated GPU and integrated Northbridge. Not quite as dramatic, but still very significant. Clock speeds improved in ten years fro the 3800MHz to maybe 4500MHz. Not very impressive at all.
So far from 2015 to 2021, we have gone from four cores to eight and boosted clock speed fro 4500MHz to 5100MHz. Not actually very good at all, if I am being quite honest. Still IPC on the i9–11900K and 5800X is fantastic and L3 cache is quite substantial at 32MB for the 5800X and 16MB for the 11900K.
The chips from 2015 use 40W to 65W, while chips today can easily use above 150W and in the case of the stock i9–11900K as much as 218W. So much for efficiency.
We can’t just keep adding cores and bumping up clock speeds by 100MHz every other generation. We obviously need to creatively integrate. I love the Apple M1 Pro for its efficiency and balance. With the right code enhancement it will eventually play any game you throw at it. The temps and efficiency numbers are good. It does admittedly get demolished by the M1 Max in some tasks but honestly not as many as I might have expected.
In many ways, I think the M1 Pro is a true endgame chip. Buy one today with a 4TB SSD and 32GB and you could realistically use it for ten or fifteen years—assuming it is reliable and the amazing screen holds up.
Another endgame chip I see is the six-core Ryzen 5 5600G. Less so than the M1 Pro, but still something with enough power and efficiency to be a real contender for a solid decade or two. I am a little but disappointed by the GPU on this SKU but it is something that has some solid basic functionality and capable of 60fps gaming on a secondary or home theater type box that will fit neatly on a shelf next to a console.