On May 21st AMD gathered many people in the semi-conductor industry, as well as press, and many prestigious overclockers to watch and push Phenom II to extreme limits under LHe and LN2. This also involved the world's first clear liquid nitrogen pot, and a lot of shattered world records.
I've seen other people call the P4 a step backward... exactly how did Intel take the step back? They used a less efficient architecture or something?
Digging into stuff like business practice (driven by human) for a clue of what future will hold is plausible. No so for technology which takes no stance. Almost everything in technology can be given 2nd chance.
Back to the topic. The clear LN2 pot is quite an amazing design, especially the part where it joins the copper base.