They did not remove Non-Whql scores until AFTER Nvidia got caught lowering precision to achieve a higher score.
True, but NVIDIA didn't have a WHQL-certified driver for a long long time even before this, correct? They had non-WHQL drivers that seemed to work properly before coming out with the 3dmark-optimized detonators.
Also, the NV30 is a bit loud in some setups true. The performance with the new drivers looks really good though, especially for people who play Splinter Cell