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Reviews in Maximum PC Magazine and Worldwide Critical Acclaim for GeForce 6600 GT GPU Validate NVIDIA Technology and Performance Leadership
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SANTA CLARA, CA—SEPTEMBER 23, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today reported that its products won three product awards and swept the high-end system shootout in the October 2004 issue of Maximum PC magazine. Glowing reviews for the new NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6600 GT are also among the most recent events to substantiate the technology and performance lead that has been extended with the Company’s latest line of graphics processing units (GPUs).
“PC OEMs need the fastest components available to win reviews. The fact that GeForce 6800 Ultra shows up in nearly every system in a high profile review like the one in Maximum PC is a clear indicator that it gives them the best opportunity to win,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing for NVIDIA. “The GeForce 6 architecture is consistently called the most technically advanced on the market, and each new member of the GeForce 6 Series is shattering performance records. The recent addition of GeForce 6 GPUs to the Dell Dimension 8400 and Dell XPS desktop PCs are prime examples of the kind of excitement these GPUs are creating at PC OEMs and consumer electronics retailers.”
The October issue of Maximum PC featured a big “Desktop Death Match” where they challenged six top PC makers to send in the most powerful systems they could assemble and pitted them against each other to determine the fastest PC. Five out of the six PC companies leveraged NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra GPUs to achieve the unbridled performance this contest demanded. In the end, the NVIDIA-powered Alienware Aurora ALX took top honors, while the NVIDIA-powered Falcon Northwest Mach V Icon Exotix finished a close second. Both systems were awarded the Maximum PC “Kick Ass” Product Award.
In a stand-alone review of the eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra AGP graphics card powered by the NVIDIA flagship GeForce 6800 Ultra GPU, Maximum PC magazine technical editor Will Smith simply stated, “Fastest video card we’ve tested,” before awarding it the Maximum PC “Kick Ass” Product Award.
NVIDIA GeForce 6-based products have won more than 100 awards from magazines and Web sites to date.
“NVIDIA’s engineering team deserves our recognition for significantly raising the bar this year. First they unveiled their groundbreaking GeForce 6800 series (with a particular emphasis from us on the extremely popular GeForce 6800 GT), then SLI for their high-end PCI Express graphics cards, and now the GeForce 6600 family,” praised Brandon Bell, technology editor for Firing Squad (www.firingsquad.com) in his preview of the GeForce 6600 GT GPU.
The GeForce 6600 GT, the latest addition to its GeForce 6 Series of GPUs was reviewed last week for the first time by industry experts and was unanimously praised.
“GeForce 6600 GT is perfect,” wrote Pawel Pilarczyk, editor in chief, of PCLab.pl (http://pclab.pl/), a leading hardware website in Poland “The performance of the card is really great, especially if we take into account its suggested retail price.”
“The GeForce 6600GT is freaking awesome,” said Scott Wasson, editor in chief for Tech Report (www.techreport.com). “For $199, it offers performance in league with cards that cost upwards of 300 bucks, and it positively crushes all current competition at anything below that price.”
“The GeForce 6600 GT wipes the floor with the competition in all our tests,” added James Yu, hardware editor for GameSpot (www.gamespot.com) in a recent review of the new NVIDIA GPU for the mainstream segment. “As it stands, the 6600 GT looks to be the king of the hill when it comes to sub-$200 video cards.”
"GeForce 6600 GT shows overwhelming performance at the mid-range graphics segment,” noted Kazuya Nagahama editor of ITMedia PCUpdate in Japan. “Without a doubt, this is the best price performance board for users.”
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company's products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA GPUs (graphics processing units), MCPs (media and communications processors), and WMPs (wireless media processors) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 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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