Originally Posted by Dazz
Doesn't bother me, Nvidia did the same also. It's been backwards and forwards for generations. It's simple they tone the image qauility slightly to makes games more playable. Keep in mind most customers won't even touch the gfx control panel. Performance tends to more perfred way then image quality, it not like it was removed or anything. You can still use trilinear quaility, bt going from quality to high quality anyway so it's not like it was removed or anything.
Performance on these High End cards in most games are well above what most arguably would call playable. This issue mainly affects benchmark comparisons. Also, according to the sourced German articles, the new AMD cards(68xx) have under-filtering even when you select HQ from their menu in comparison to even their older cards(58xx) let alone their competing counterparts.