i voted #1 like most so far, im not sure about the first part of the statement (not like any of us realy is one way or antoher), but most defenatly the second part is an issue. after all, not only are the cheaper parts lagging far behind the standards but we are still yet to see conformation of the nv30 running the bench well with anything but qestionable drivers.
as for "the gamer's benchmark" i agree that it can be missleading, but no more missleading than ati saying the "r300 core supports ssaa" or any vast number of examples i could think of. but in a situation like that no one is realy lieing by anymeans and the only way anyone gets mislead in situations like that is when they read too much into it, which is bound to happen. for instance, check out the_matrix's comments starting at near the botom of this is page for an example of an nvidia fan gone way too far:
case in point
i almost felt like signing up as someone brainwashed by ati and start an argument about how truefrom was going to rule the world.