Does Future technology downgrade to shadowmap when transitioning from graphics level six to five?

Okay I really like future lighting. Recently I saw someone say that lighting technologies downgrade as you progress down the graphics quality “meter” I went to go test this for myself and saw this:
level six graphics:

Level five graphics:

Is this true?

Yup… sure does.

Also: (list of graphics levels and what they do from personal experience)

  1. lowest quality
  2. longer render distance
  3. max render distance
  4. adds some quality
  5. lowest possible lighting detail for higher technologies
  6. to 9. just adds additional details (experiment with it)

10 adds those ambient shadow thing (forgot the name of it)

At least as far as i know/experienced.