over the weekend i rated a couple more laptop systems - one with an intel core 2 duo t9300 @ 2.50 ghz, 4 gb ram, 120 gb 7200 rpm hard drive and one with an intel core 2 duo t8300 @ 2.40 ghz, 2 gb ram, 250 gb 5400 rpm hard drive.  the hard disk score was 5.2 and 5.1 respectively.  still my solid state drive test is the fastest - we're getting into some performance projects at work so there will definitely be more posts on performance - also mark russinovich's case of the unexplained technet webcast documents the systernals tools that can assist in benchmarking and troubleshooting.