Tom's Hardware has a good article today about decoding the apparent random numbers Intel now uses to label it's processors. Now that Intel and AMD appear to be leaving behind straight MHz/GHz classifications for their CPUs, they're resorting to model number designations, like Pentium 570, or some other seemingly random number. But apparently there's some method to the madness, although by the end of the article I was left with the impression that it won't be long before CPU designations start resembling car VINs. People are going to need databases to figure out just what kind of processor they're getting.
Buying the next computer is going to take a lot of research.