Moore's Law: per wiki - Moore's law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The period often quoted as "18 months" is due to Intel executive David House, who predicted that period for a doubling in chip performance (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and their being faster). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law Roughly, if the law holds one would expect the CPU performance doubled in about 18 months to 2 years. I have been following the Intel CPU chip development, and am looking into a hardware upgrade and thus now doing some research works. Currently Intel is at their fourth generation process, with models such as i7-4770K. I pulled some Passmark scores for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation i7 chips and made some comparisons. There was roughly about 1 generation each year since 2010. It's been 3 years since 2010. The chip performance does not seem to quite double yet. i7-4770K at 10136, versus i7-950 at 5682. Moore's Law finally slow down?