Record-Setting NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400 Leads New Professional Graphics Family to Market
Flagship Product Sets Industry Record for Highest Score on SPECviewperf 7.1.1 UGS-03 Benchmark
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SIGGRAPH―LOS ANGELES, CA—AUGUST 9, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today introduced the fastest performing graphics solution in the industry with the new NVIDIA Quadro® FX 4400 model. The FX 4400 model is part of a distinctive new family of professional graphics products NVIDIA announced today and based on the PCI Express™ bus architecture. With NVIDIA® SLI™ technology to link two NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400 boards together, the solution delivered blistering speed for an industry-record setting score of 103 on the SPECviewperf® 7.1.1 UGS-03 benchmark.¹
The four new products announced today complete NVIDIA’s broad PCI Express-based professional graphics portfolio with each new model offering a unique value proposition to users. These new products include:
“The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400 board is the MVP in a new family of distinct PCI Express workstation graphics solutions,” said Jeff Brown, general manager professional graphics at NVIDIA. “This new family delivers everything users could hope for ― record-setting performance; cutting-edge features such as Shader Model 3.0 and fp32 support; high quality; and even investment protection with upgrade options for genlock, framelock, and dual-GPU mode. It’s an all-star line-up all around.”
The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400, FX 4400G, and FX 1400 models support NVIDIA SLI technology―an innovative new technology that enables two NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics boards to operate in a single workstation. NVIDIA SLI is based on an intelligent communication protocol embedded in the GPU and a high-speed digital interface on the graphics board to facilitate data flow. An extensive suite of software provides dynamic load balancing, and advanced rendering and compositing to ensure smooth frame rates and outstanding image quality. With NVIDIA SLI, users will be able to upgrade their systems to a dual-board setup on their own timetable for a noticeable increase in graphics horsepower.
“With its unique combination of advanced 2D/3D graphics capabilities, PCI Express interface, and framelock-genlock, the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400G product represents the next generation in high-end PC graphics,” said Marc Petit, vice president of product development at Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. “NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400G features, from integrated genlock capabilities to increased frame buffer memory and faster pixel read-back performance, will be of significant benefit to our customers in film visual effects, video broadcast, and game development markets.”
The new NVIDIA Quadro FX models round out an extensive family of PCI, AGP, and PCI Express-based professional 2D and 3D graphics solutions. In addition to a wide range of choices and dual –GPU options, the newest members of the NVIDIA Quadro FX family feature:
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to the benefits, capabilities, performance and features of the Quadro FX family of products, outperforming certain of our competitors and the ability of users to upgrade their systems 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, customers choosing our competitors’ products, manufacturing and other delays relating to our current and new products, delays in ramping new products into production, difficulties in the fabrication process, NVIDIA’s reliance on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, manufacturing costs and the pricing of components, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, market acceptance of our new products, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers, the impact of litigation and other proceedings and other risks detailed and from time to time in NVIDIA’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 25, 2004 and other filings made from time to time with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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¹ NVIDIA’s SPECviewperf 7.1.1 UGS-03 results for the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400 with SLI were measured by NVIDIA performance labs.