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NVIDIA ForceWare Release 55 Introduces Game Profiles and Boosts Performance

 
 

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SANTA CLARA, CA—MARCH 15, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced the availability of the NVIDIA® ForceWare™ Release 55 graphics driver for add-in graphics cards based on NVIDIA GeForce™ graphics processing units (GPUs). This new release includes many new features, tools and enhancements, including customized application and game profile settings, and support for PCI Express. The Microsoft WHQL-certified NVIDIA ForceWare Release 55 driver is immediately available for download at www.nvidia.com/drivers.

“Forceware Release 55 delivers awesome new features which are only available on NVIDIA GPUs,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “Along with these new features, every customer using an NVIDIA-based graphics card manufactured in the last six years—all the way back to the NVIDIA TNT™—will get another free performance upgrade simply by installing this software.”

“NVIDIA’s latest driver set certainly brings with it a number of nice improvements that all NVIDIA owners will enjoy,” said Brandon Bell, editor in chief of hardware for Firingsquad.com (www.firingsquad.com). “When you add all this up with the performance improvements we saw in Unreal Tournament 2003, we definitely like NVIDIA’s latest graphics driver.”

“There is no doubt NVIDIA has the most feature rich drivers on the market when it comes to video cards,” said Brent Justice, 3D graphics editor of HardOCP (www.hardocp.com). “We are simply in love with the game profiles features. This is a gaming feature we have been wanting for a very long time.”

New features in the new ForceWare Release 55 graphics driver include:

  • Application/game profiles—image quality and performance settings can be defined and saved for each application. Profiles launch automatically when the program is initiated. Adjustments can be made easily to any existing profile.
  • Introduction of PCI Express—support for the latest PC bus enabled through NVIDIA UDA
  • The latest NVIDIA nView® 3.5 software—a new nView multi-display wizard speeds the set up for multi-display modes. nView 3.5 also provides numerous enhancements for more efficiently using a single display including an enhanced display grid technology for organizing windows on your desktop and a pop-up blocker to stop unwanted windows.
  • Easy output of video files to television—when selecting a video file for output, a simple right-click on the mouse pops up a menu to speed start up and simplify the selection of video output options.
  • Mouse-over pop-up help for all graphics control panels—an integrated help function provides pop-up explanations of all graphics-related settings.
  • Drop-down menu for NVIDIA settings—a new menu item on the right-click drop-down menu takes users directly to a control panel for NVIDIA graphics settings.

Thanks to the NVIDIA unified driver architecture (UDA), NVIDIA ForceWare Release 55 delivers a free performance upgrade for NVIDIA GPUs, both past and present. With the new driver, GeForce™ FX 5900XT GPU performance in F1 Challenge ’99-’02 can increase as much as 120[i] percent.  In Gunmetal, GeForce FX 5200 GPU performance increases up to 22[ii] percent and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra GPU performance in Neverwinter Nights goes up as much as 48[iii] percent faster.

By utilizing the Company’s unique UDA, NVIDIA ForceWare Release 55 supports all NVIDIA graphics solutions for PCI, AGP, and PCI Express bus architectures with a single driver version. The NVIDIA ForceWare Release 55 driver, complete with Microsoft WHQL certification, is immediately available for download at www.nvidia.com/drivers.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including any statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers.  Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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i. Based on testing F1 Challenge using Fraps at 16x12x4XAAx8XAF on an Intel® i875-based Pentium® 4 3.2 GHz system with 512Mb of memory.

ii.Based on testing Gunmetal (Benchmark2) using Fraps at 16x12x4XAAx8XAF in the system listed above.

iii.Based on testing Neverwinter Nights using Fraps at 1280x1024x4xAAx8XAF in the system listed above.



 
 
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