So I do think the new MBP's are impressive, but am not sure getting one myself would be throwing pearls to the swine. I'm a scientist and use it mostly for heavy computations using C and fortran, making talks with keynote, email, a lot of document reading, browsing, and for my personal photo album, and occasional movie watching. The real advantage having a Mac over another laptop is that the OSX is Unix based yet more dummy friendly than Linux. But it seems that I will never be using the 9600 graphics card. Also, I'm not sure if the increased L2 cache is useful for my kinds of applications. My questions are: 1) does the faster graphics card help with every day tasks, i.e. will it be employed at all in applications other than video editing? 2) What kinds of applications benefit from better L2 cache? Thanks.