As much as I hate to say it, I'm one of those who just couldn't wait any longer. After some 5 (or more?) months of waiting I've given up on the m17x and just bought the new desktop Area-51, complete with Extreme quad-core proc, 9800 GX2, BD burner, 1TB HD and 4GB DDR3 RAM. Now I'm stuck wondering if I should change my HD to the RAID 0 option.
Oh well, at least I stayed in the family