Originally posted by Spiritwalker
Benchmarks should test spec against spec or vendor specific against vendor specific.
No, they should test the fastest method the hardware exposes to get the same outcome. If one card only exposes the minimum spec use that, if another card provides extensions to spec which enable it to get the job done quicker then use them. The benchmark tells you which card can get the desired results the fastest, regardless of how it does it.
BTW, PS/VS 2.0+ is still DX9 spec.