A lot of people freaked out when Wii U’s clock speed was revealed to be about half that of last gen’s HD platforms. I remember reading a lot of people proclaiming Nintendo to be doomed, behind the times, and all that nonsense. But according to the same hacker that delivered us the Wii U CPU clock speed report, the next-gen Xbox is going to be clocked at 1.6 GHz – not all that much higher than Wii U’s 1.24 GHz.
“If you want more evidence that MHz isn’t everything, a little birdie points out that Durango (Xbox 720) is specc’ed to have a 1.6GHz CPU. Food for thought. (And don’t bother asking me who that little birdie is.)”
Looks like “modern engineering” now means more than just higher clock speeds – it also means better use of hardware components, better hardware architecture, and so on.