All, I did some research based on the uproar regarding the current batch of machines Apple released with the hardware to support 3.0Gbit SATA, but instead set the chip to run at 1.5Gbit. I found something disturbing. The Penryn MacBook Pro models (and possibly other related machines) from 2008 were equipped with an Intel ICH8-M AHCI SATA bus architecture. This technology supports 3.0Gbit SATA transfer speeds, but again, for whatever reason Apple halved the capability even in the high end models from 2008. This is nothing new (in regards to the newer machines) These laptops have had this capability for a long time, yet Apple has capped the speeds. I am basing my information on my 2.6Ghz "classic" 17 inch Mac Book Pro. If you do a System Profiler and click on Serial-ATA you will see what Intel chip/architecture controls your SATA bus. If it's a Intel ICH8-M AHCI then your machine should have 3.0Gbit SATA capability yet Apple crippled its speed as well. We need a firmware fix too guys and gals. Even this "older" chipset supports 3.0Gbit SATA speeds and for some reason our capability has been limited. Some guy was asking these same questions back in 2007 in regards to his Macbook Pro. Apple has been pulling this junk for a while with their "Pro" machines. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1114521 See attached screenshot. That chipset supports the higher SATA speeds according to Intel yet Apple's implementation clearly caps it at 1.5 instead of 3.0 Why don't we have this capability Apple???