Do you already have a shipping date? When is the expected arrival date?Nice review. Thanks for posting a link to it. I use handbrake so seeing that the i7 will make a difference there is good news to me. I originally ordered an i5 through Amazon but changed to an i7 this past weekend. I am looking at delivery next week.
As I've just mentioned on another thread, I 2 passed m4v h.264 handbrake encoded a pre ripped DVD last night in 15mins flat.That 47 minutes includes ripping the DVD straight from the 8x Superdrive. If you used a 16x or higher external DVD drive, then I would imagine the speed would be closer to ~30 minutes.
These computers are certainly fast enough that the drive itself becomes a bottleneck, but keep in mind that there are A LOT of options in handbrake.What was the FPS? I am getting about 80+ FPS with the internal drive. I didn't expect there to be that big a jump..damn.