I started a new game yesterday, and put the speed on Marathon, after reading good things about it, here at Apolyton.
What a difference it makes. I'm actually able to build troops now and to use them, before they become outdated and obsolete.
I played for 7.5 hours last night, eventually forcing myself away from the screen, as it approached 2.30am... as I had the alarm clock set for 7.00am to get up for work.
I'm sat here at work, not really in the mood for doing any work and I'm constantly thinking about what I'm going to do in my Civ-IV game tonight, when I get back home.
I'm very pleased with this patch. The memory fixes are good, but the singleplayer gameplay changes that the folks at Firaxis have made have really put the icing on the cake for me.
Happy New Year all.