My wife has a bog standard iMac 8.1, 3.06 Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, L2 Cache 6MB. Standard apple HDD. She has a program called "artlantis". One of the things this app does is take a bunch of still images you've created with the app and then turns it into "movie" that you can then use your mouse to move "through" the pictures though it was a continuous scene, panning left right up down etc. It takes her "POS" (as I called it), 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete the transformation into this "movie". I said she should upgrade it to reduce the time it takes and she can get the files to clients quicker. Time is money and all that. To show her just how much better off she'd be getting a more powerful machine, I install the app into my Mac Pro - 4.1, 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 8GB Ram, L2 cache per core 256 KB. 12 hours and 19 minutes later it finishes doing the EXACT same file transform. All my apps and OS are on an SSD (off the second Optical Drive) and the files are being saved to a Software Raid 0 (2x1TB) HDD. this is the only thing I can think of as to why it was so slow. With something like "handbrake", my machine "wins" hands down, so I can't figure this out. Any thoughts?