Let me get this out the way right away for those on the fence about this beast. 1. It's fast, damn fast i just ripped a DVD and it took 20 minutes to rip but the encode took 15. LOL 2. Speakers sound a bit better then before not astronomically like Apple made it seem just a bit, definitely noticeable. 3. Hard Drive is louder you can hear it if it's quiet in the room. 4. Fans are louder too if you encoding all all 8 threads are cranking at full speed you'll hear the fans for sure. 5. The screen is absolutely amazing, man it makes my 24" look like crap and that thing looks awesome.