Conroe and the long Core uarch was a result of taking some great, great ideas from earlier Intel processors. I said this a week ago, but there are a lot more poor uarchs compared to good ones. And just because Keller is there, putting aside his specialty, it doesn't mean the idea will execute perfectly. Even the greatest engineers in history have messed up. Assuming a 3 year cadence for "Ocean Cove," we'll probably see an Intel response deep into '22. I'm not placing too much faith in Intel to do it right. Immense sums of money and a huge talent pool mean nothing and do not guarantee against a failure. "Ocean Cove" could be amazing, but it could also be trampled by whatever Zen is out then.Intel's problems are systemic, they won't get fixed through the surgical intervention of an engineering prodigy.
People who still expect "Conroe" or "Keller" moments from Intel still do not understand what put this company in the position it finds itself today.
Tis the beauty of the hardware sector.