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NVIDIA TurboCache Technology Redefines PC Graphics Performance at Value Price Points
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 15, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today introduced the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6200 graphics processing unit (GPU) with TurboCache™ technology.
NVIDIA TurboCache is a new, patented hardware and software technology, which allows a GPU to render directly to system memory, instead of using local memory on the graphics card. NVIDIA TurboCache technology lowers on-board memory requirements, enabling system builders to deliver PCs with more feature-rich GPUs and offer their customers better graphics performance and advanced capabilities previously unattainable at value prices.
“Customers in the value segment previously have had to settle for technology that was one generation behind the cutting edge, high-end GPUs,” said Ujesh Desai, general manger of desktop graphics for NVIDIA. “For the first time ever, NVIDIA TurboCache will deliver the award-winning feature set found on current-generation high-end GPUs to the value segment of the PC market.”
NVIDIA has re-architected the 3D graphics pipeline for the GeForce 6200 GPU with TurboCache to allow direct rendering from the GPU to system memory by leveraging the bi-directional PCI Express bandwidth. The TurboCache Manager dynamically allocates memory for maximum system performance while intelligent software algorithms maximize application performance.
The GeForce 6200 GPUs with TurboCache offer best-in-class performance in the value segment¹ by taking the GeForce 6 Series graphics architecture, which has been described as the most advanced in the world, top-to-bottom in the NVIDIA product line-up. GeForce 6200 GPUs with TurboCache are the only graphics processors in the value segment that:
GeForce 6200 GPUs with TurboCache are shipping now and graphics cards are anticipated to be available from leading add-in card manufacturers and in systems from leading PC OEMs in January 2005. For additional details and a list of partners, please visit http://www.nvidia.com.
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, but not limited to, statements as to the benefits, uses, capabilities and performance of GeForce 6200 GPUs, NVIDIA TurboCache technology and NVIDIA PureVideo technology, and expected dates of availability 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, delays in ramping new products into production, manufacturing defects, incompatibility of technologies, reliance on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 24, 2004. 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. Based on internal testing done at NVIDIA comparing NVIDIA GeForce 6200 with TurboCache to ATI Radeon x300 SE, x300LE and Intel i915G using an Intel 925X reference motherboard, Intel Pentium 4.3 4Ghz Extreme Edition, 1GB DDR2Windows XPSP1. In PCMark 2004 at 1024x768 GeForce 6200 with TurboCache scored 4965, x300 LE scored 4898 x300SE scored 4607 and i915G scored 4472. In 3DMark03 at 1024x768 GeForce 6200 with TurboCache scored 2960, x300 LE scored 2624 x300SE scored 1779 and i915G scored 1464.