I have been out of the loop for a bit. I have the 9600 with ATI and 4gig ram. It seems the performance b/w the 1st gen and 2nd gen Tm2 is about the same? I love my Tm2 and must have gotten lucky with the build quality. It is starting to lag a little bit after having it for a couple months, but I may just need to reformat and get the HP bloatware off it of it.