New 2009 octo 2.2ghz. It shipped with the 7200 rpm 600-ish GB drive. I timed it 5 times from startup chime to fully booted - it took between 35 and 37 seconds each boot, and shutdown time was 4-6 seconds each time. Then I put an Intel x25-E (the extreme SSD, the one that has high write as well as high read speed) (model number is SSDSA2SH032G1C5) into drive bay 1, and moved the original drive to bay 2. Formatted/erased both drives, installed OSX on the SSD. Booted a few times to get the "welcome" crap out of the way. Startup time is _exactly the same_. It is the same 35-37 seconds, just like with the spinning drive. Shutdown time is also _exactly the same_. This is very, very disappointing and I really can't imagine how to explain these results ... I know there are some CPU-bound activities in both startup and shutdown, but there is also a lot of IO ... I cannot believe that the time is _identical_. Thoughts ? Anyone else witnessing this ?