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All of the following benchmarks are based on real-world applications that are often deployed in the workstation segment. To run these tests, you need a fully licensed version of each program to enable execution of the benchmark model or script. Otherwise the benchmark model or script won't work.
The 3dsm benchmark is designed so as to not just measure the graphics performance; it also tests how much strain the graphics card and/or driver exerts on the CPU. In the final analysis, it all comes down to having the right load distribution between graphics and CPU. The results show that NVIDIA is clearly ahead in the graphics test, although this is due to a lower CPU workload. However, ATI still manages to minimize NVIDIA's lead.