I think Brent and Kyle (dont know so just my worthless 2 cents input) have been wanting to get away from the 3dMark thing for some time now. Brent has posted in the B3D forums that he knows that 3dmark2001 was not very usefull for measuring card A vrs card B. Now why they did not do this awhile ago (stop using 3dmark 2001 with the overall results in reviews) I dont know. But I dont think they are playing favorites. Sometimes when a new rev of a tool comes out its the best time to pitch it.....