Today I finally got to dive into my new(to me) 8 core 3.1. I fired up toast 11 to make a simple DVD. I opened up activity monitor because I wanted to see how much the cpu's were being used. Well when the encode started all 8 cores were pegged through the roof and the fans got louder. So I figured all 8 cores were working hard. Then just for fun I went to look at process thread. Since I have 8 cores and the cpu's don't hyper-thread I expected to see 8 threads. What I saw was 49 threads. When the encode finished and the writing started the threads dropped to 26 but all 8 cores were still seeing action. Could someone explain such a high thread count with only 8 cores and non hyper-threading cpu's. For what its worth. my new machine is chewing though this stuff pretty fast. way faster than my core2duo iMac, and we don't even want to talk about how fast handbrake is now.