Ahoy! So I was waiting for the new models to drop and was pleasantly surprised that the mid model now has a quad core. I currently have a late 2009 2.53 mini and although for the most part I transcode my DVD collection, I now have quite a few Blu Rays that I would like to do (as the MKV rips are massive). Unfortunately transcoding Blu-ray MKVs is fun! The only one I did so far took me 26 hours! Anywhoo, I was interested last year when they dropped the previous server model, but couldn't justify upgrading at that time. The fact that the mid model now has a QC effectively means that I save money by not getting the server version. Furthermore the upgrade processor looks great, and seems worth the extra. However the 5400 HDD sucks a bit I guess ... With that said, if the most intensive task Im throwing at my mini will be transcoding Blu Ray MKVs,will the HDD really make a difference? I'm guessing that the CPU does all the work in this process and writing to disk is not the bottle neck? I will probably upgrade the HDD eventually (say after a year), so I can stick in a SSD later - but I would rather do it later, if it isn't really going to affect the speed of things. What say you, fellow mini brothers. To SSD or not SSD?