So I run a simple benchmark on every mac I get. I record a show with EyeTV. I record 1:01hr and then encode it to ipod at the highest settings. Here are the results for my mac pros. - 4 core 2.66ghz old mac prow/6gb ram: 1:07:37 hrs - 8 core 3ghz old mac pro w/9gb ram: 0:46:52 hrs - 8 core 2.8ghz New mac pro w/2gb ram: 0:27:15 hrs That is freakin umbelievable. I can't wait to test it when my other 8gb of ram gets here. I think its safe to say that the new 3ghz octo is twice as fast at the last version. WOW! Oh, and just in case you are curious. My mac mini with the elgato Turbo .264 got 1:20:17 hrs.