How do you know what to believe, and when? The G4's 4, and later 7 stage pipeline was always advertised as a strong point, compared to the pentium 4, but now the G5 has a 16 stage integer pipeline and a 21 state FP pipeline, and up to 25 stages for the Velocity Engine. Now they mention over 200 simultanious instructions compared to P4's 126, but they never mentioned this with the G4's measly 16. Obviously the P4 wasn't over 7 times faster than the G4. It really seems that nothing really matters and if speed is all that's important to you, you need to compare computers side by side with what YOU do and see what's best for yourself.