Actually, I didn't get it until the morning of the 15th but who's counting anyway... I ordered the PM the day they were released. There was a slight delay in shipping it which I assume was because of some logic board problems I had read about. Impressions: First of all, I've read a lot of people are concerned about noise issues. I have it setup next to my old Gigabit PM 400Mhz and it is louder than that machine (I can't really hear anything coming from the Gigabit PM) but it's really not an issue. I haven't really listened to the old "leafblower" MDD model anywhere except Apple Stores and CompUSA - so I wasn't really aware of noise issues with those. Yes you can hear the fan(s) running on the new PM. No, it is not loud. In fact, I've got an old PC in my room which is definitely louder than this new PM. I am surprised at how warm these things get. I have it sitting on my desk with the back of the tower facing the wall...and the wall gets pretty warm at times. So unless I've got something going on, I just put the machine to sleep when I'm not using it. Coming from an old Gigabit 400 PM, this new PM feels like it's cutting through butter. I ordered it just with 256MB of RAM but I had a stick of 512 from OWC waiting to put it in. I don't really see a performance decrease even when I have 10+ apps running at the same time including Photoshop. It's fast, responsive and feels as solid as any new PC I've used recently. The first thing I did when it got booted into X was to run the software update. It did not have 10.2.4 yet...but didn't take too long to get that installed. Software update also downloaded and installed the PM firmware update. I know others have written about this, but the new towers do come with a WHITE pro keyboard and mouse. I tested some mp3 rips...the superdrive seems to peak at 12-15x - with my LaCie 48x firewire burner, it peaks at 25-26x! iPhoto works like a dream - imports and exports quickly and flawlessly. I haven't started any projects in iMovie/Final Cut but based on the performance so far, I think it will be very productive. I finally get to run my Mitsubishi NX85 18" Flat Panel on a DVI connection...this along with the Radeon 9000 is WORLDS of improvement over the VGA connection I was using with the Rage 128 card in my old PowerMac. The screen is brighter, crisper and text is not blurry at all. All in all, this is a quality machine and I'm certain this will last me at least a couple of years just as the Gigabit 400 tower did. I'm curious if these machines will ever be able to accept a potential 970 processor upgrade like the 7475 upgrades that are about to be released... Anyway...I love my new PowerMac. Cheers to anyone else getting a new tower.