I see what you guys are doing here.
I'll run some numbers when I get the chance. Probably not until after the weekend.
Did it restore function at the same specs, or could baking cause a performance hit even though it restored function?
I would expect it functions normally, but you never know...
Summary: No change. These numbers fall within a range that is less than what could be considered the margin of error.
OK, so I benchmarked my post-baked 8800GTX. I found very minor changes in test numbers. Spec Viewperf in 3DS Max showed a loss of 2 points, which isn't a really big deal. Viewperf Maya on the other hand actually showed a slight increase in performance. Cinebench R10 had the same results...