I got my 5680 at the end of 2003. I was using it as my main comp up until about a year ago when the video chip died on me. I'm just now getting around to fixing it, 500 bucks for a new motherboard and a 3 month warranty.
I'm with you guys, cosmetically its not the prettiest anymore, but i never had any performance problems. Half-life 2 and Doom 3 looked great. GTA San Andreas ran alright. Granted The Desktop I built after the vid chip died ran them better, but i was always happy with its performance.
I do have a little cracking at the hinges. You can see tiny lines where its cracking, but nothing else yet. Super Glue helped that? I might try that, just have to be careful not to superglue it shut. lol
I might consider selling it when i get it back, it is nice having that kind of power in a mobile machine though.
Now all i have to worry about is getting it back from Sager. They told me last week that the first mobo they put it failed testing, and it was 2 to 3 business days until they would get another one in. So that should be this week. I hope they get it back to me soon.
How do you guys think the 5680 stacks up to current gen machines? Obviously there have been some big Processor improvements, as well as new and better video card technology. But i think overall its still a pretty powerful machine and hangs in there fairly well with the new boys.