Register has an article verifying the 160+ instructions are Altivec compatible. Very good news.. I didn't see this talked about in the other threads.. and it's getting old reading people talk about the new 970 processor vs other chips... and what not.. so i started a new thread so all could see. http://www.theregus.com/content/3/26650.html Register writer Andrew Orlowski notes -- not sure if he's speaking of apple's current desktops or pc desktops in general. I would assume the latter.