I have been blindly running eve on the lowest graphics settings for some time now. I had forgotten entirely that my settings were on this rock bottom level of detail. So come the new patch day I wasn't really blown away by the new nebulae and engine trails, what engine trails? The nebulae all looked a bit samey and overall I thought it was all a bit meh.
I noticed this last night after looking through my settings. I immediately whacked all the settings to maximum (all the way to 11) and ticked all the effects boxes (GTX 550 Ti overclocked card ftw) and all I can say is WOW.
Completely blown away. The detail is sweet, the engine trails impressive.