OK, I don't usually get too much into the speed game with anyone. I don't feel the need to rush out and get the newest fastest product every year either. My ex-gf still makes a lot of money from a 2006 Core Duo MBP as a Graphic Design Artist (a testament to the brand/product). I am, however, interested in knowing how my old Mid 2009 MBP fares against the newer computers. I kept it virtually stock for a long time, but then last year upgraded the HDD to a 320gb WD Scorpio 5400 RPM drive. I left the RAM untouched because prices were very high still. ...but this is 2012 now and I just picked up 8 gigs of RAM for $40 bucks on Tiger Direct. I put it in and it is noticably quicker. Again, I'm not looking to upgrade anytime soon. I have formed somewhat of an emotional attachment to my MBP as I did with my previous Black MB. I just want to know how an older computer compares with the RAM spec'd out to a newer MBP, even a 2011 or 2010 model that is just stock. Do the benchmarks overlap? Is it sometimes beneficial to just save the dough and catch up (per say)?