Eliteists, eh? I think you have that a little turned around there. The only eliteist mindset is that of people who rely solely on theoretical benchmarks, even if they have no bearing in real-life games.
If a graphics card were released tomorrow that scored 20,000 3dMarks but didn't improve gameplay in Q3 or the other games, I'm betting a lot of people would still buy it; which is very sad.
Look at how much the 3dMark results are skewed when comparing GF2 Ultra to GF3. The Ultra loses 1000+ points because it can't do DX8 effects, yet in the actual game benchmarks it's not THAT far behind.