From the gist of the conversation it seems that NVIDIA feels that it is their right to optimise specifically for applications as long as it doesn't interfere with image quality - which is fine if it is benefiting games as it will benefit the end user, however in this case the image quality can be argued as there are differences in the image produce with the optimisations that NVIDIA have used in the 52.16 drivers for the 3.3.0 patch. Derek Perez went on to suggest that they may well end up chasing each patch release & re-optimising as Futuremark puts a patch that defeats previous detections!
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UPDATE: Addition by Per, Nordichardware did a [URL=http://www.nordichardware.com/article/2003/3DMark03_340/]similar test[/URL], no IQ tests though but their tests speak for themselves...
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