Why is it a shock, and why do i feel the need to make a separate thread? Simple, go and price up a new thin retina MB Pro, then go and do the same with the current non retina MB Pro and include non Apple memory and 512GB or what ever SSD... You will be in for a shock, I did this and the new retina MB Pro even with an Apple ethernet adapter AND external DVD Apple drive is actually a few pounds CHEAPER!!!!! Then a current MB Pro with a Vertex 4 512GB SSD and 16GB or 1600mhz SODIMM!! Now this is a shock.. but a pleasant one. We are going to desperately need these reviews and benchmarks of the new models... So what are your thoughts on that one, if the new machines do indeed use SATA3 interface speeds, then they are better value. If I used a Samsung 830 512gb SSD then the Retina machine is even BETTER value!!