#1 Apple does no evil. Sorry man but Apple sacrifice so much in the construction and thermal department for the sake of aesthetics. #2 I know at least half a dozen professional scenarios that would stress the CPU and GPU far more than 3dmark 11, nor would they be as forgiving as 3dmark11 since 3dmark11 only last minutes these programs can take hours to perform tasks. Some modern games will also tax a system far more than 3dmark11, hence why to real reviewers the real test are games or real world applications. Not synthetic benchmark tests. #3 Correct they have a reputation for getting hot. I've yet to see someone test the system to the max. I did at the Apple store after buying the MBP+R, and hit 100c on the CPU and 96c on the GPU before the Fan kicked in and the system throttled down. I returned the notebook and kept my Precision m4600. Anyways I will stick with using a system that isn't going to have a higher risk of failure due to thermals.