Originally Posted by Ancient76
Some bars for you
Not the same thing.
It's a baseline versus advantages. You can actually make deductions against the baseline. This method is used for both marketing and for releasing numbers that may be under NDA as no specific performance numbers are presented.
Look back at Anandtech's review of the R300 when it was first previewed and absolutely demolished the previous champ, 4600ti, in performance.
The other is purely marketing, but is a good marketing tool and a lot of companies employ it.