Well, the upgrades came, and they were more interesting than earth shattering. The switch to all FW800 ports is certainly different, but nothing else has changed, ports-wise. I guess we'd have to wait for benchmarking before hearing the answer to this question, but I don't know if we'd be able to get the same performance out of the new machines for the same amount of money we paid for the octocore Penryn machines. The answer is probably yes, given that the memory architecture, for example, is fundamentally faster, but I'm increasingly convinced these days that upgrades to top hardware will be more incrementally faster and software aimed at multicore processing will make the difference less clear. We can buy Radeon 4870s. Pleasant news. Probably super expensive, but the option is nice. Anybody else find it quite interesting that all the new cards come with a DVI port and a Mini Displayport? Also interesting that the base card is now the Nvidia and upgrade the Radeon, again. It seems like they're determined to switch it each generational upgrade. Also, the model number is meaningless to me, but I expect somebody has already figured out which PC card it's analogous to. Still, they've defied expectations with that card, which is in itself amusing. PCIe slots appear to be the same configuration, only they're now all 2.0. Not a huge difference there, either. Also interesting: RAM upgrades are less prohibitively expensive, apparently. Makes me wonder how much cheaper OWC's upgrades will be when they start selling them.