While I have true professional need of the new Mac Pro, I also desire it's multicore Xeon E5 from an encoding perspective for personal use. Right now I encode MKV Blu-Ray rips to Apple TV3 MP4s on a PC with an Intel 3960x Extreme (Sandy Bridge) that has 6 cores running at 3.3GHz. I pull in average movie encodes of about 3 hours. So, I'm looking primarily at the 3.0GHz 8-core Xeon for my new Mac Pro build. Do you guys think I'll see a solid decrease in time spent encoding per movie or am I running against some serious diminishing returns at this point? My PC is liquid cooled whereas there's a chance for some throttling with the nMP's cooling capabilities. I know that there's a possibility that OpenCL may have a huge benefit in future iterations of Handbrake if it gets out of PC-only beta and utilizes it for more than just deinterlacing. So there's always that, too.