Originally posted by John Reynolds
And of course the game developers patch their games after they're published, so we can be confident score increases are valid optimizations and not replaced shaders. Right? And if the IHVs do start pulling shenanigans in games that're used as popular benchmarks (like that would ever happen), the major hardware sites will quickly detect such cheating and report it to the hardware/gaming community. Right?
Did I also mention I have a plot of land from West Farthing, the Shire, that's up for sale?
What you left out was what the actual person who is playing the game feels. If the game is playing great and looks great, they don't see a problem. Only the guy beating on the architecture and how well it does on synthetic benchmarks is. The whole reason to buy such a videocard is to enjoy the experience while gaming, not benchmarking.