NVIDIA and ELSA Combine to Dominate AutoCAD Benchmarks
NVIDIA Dominates PC Magazine's High-Performance Graphics Tests
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SANTA CLARA, CA — September 7, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that in PC Magazine's September 1st article entitled "The Workstation Difference" by Bill Howard, three of the six PCs reviewed featured NVIDIA-based graphics cards, including the system chosen for Editor's Choice. The top scores for AutoCAD, the world's most popular PC design software, were achieved by NVIDIA-based systems from Dell, Hewlett Packard and Micron.
In the same issue, four of the top high performance graphics boards were tested. The ELSA GLoria II, featuring the NVIDIA Quadro GPU, was the top performer in the majority of the benchmarks. Both articles can be found online at http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/.
"NVIDIA is committed to building the world's best workstation GPU," stated Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Our partners' excellent performance in PC Magazine's roundup substantiates that the Quadro family provides an optimal blend of raw graphics power and application-specific driver enhancements that meet the needs of today's most demanding computing professionals."
NVIDIA dominated the workstation benchmark tests. In this latest roundup, six 2D workstations were tested on the ability to handle high-end applications, AutoCAD and business applications. NVIDIA based systems were applauded for their ability to outclass the competition on real-world CAD drawings as well as more difficult synthetic drawings in AutoCAD testing. "...AutoCAD 2000 involves large amounts of OpenGL code, which the NVIDIA chip sets are better able to handle," stated Cade Metz, senior writer at PC Magazine.
The first 3D graphics semiconductor company to deliver a complete top-to-bottom family of 3D solutions, NVIDIA gives developers the advantage of a unified driver architecture across all implementations. NVIDIA's single-chip GPUs enable high-frame-rate 3D graphics, benchmark-winning 2D graphics, and high-definition digital video processing for unequaled visual realism and real-time interactivity. Optimized for both Microsoft Direct3D® and OpenGL APIs, the NVIDIA product line currently includes:
- NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro™ and Quadro2 MXR™ for the professional workstation, digital content creation, and MCAD markets. The Quadro2 Pro is the fastest workstation graphics solution available for the engineering professional. The Quadro2 MXR provides cost-effective, advanced workstation capabilities and offers the revolutionary TwinView™ display architecture for the mainstream professional. Both include features such as second generation transform and lighting and per-pixel shading.
- NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra™, GeForce2 GTS™, and GeForce 256™ graphics processing units (GPUs) for the PC enthusiast market. The GeForce2 Ultra is the world's fastest GPU, providing enthusiasts the ultimate gaming platform with unprecedented geometry processing power and per-pixel shading features. Its predecessor, GeForce2 GTS, is a second generation GPU with radical per-pixel shading features and incredible performance. The GeForce 256 processor started the GPU revolution.
- NVIDIA GeForce2 MX™ GPU for the corporate desktop market, the GeForce2 MX offers Digital Vibrance Control™, TwinView display options, and a patented unified driver -- making it the ultimate graphics solution for the corporate user. It leverages the GeForce2 GTS architecture, including features such as second generation transform and lighting and per-pixel shading, yet is priced at one-third of the cost of the original GeForce 256 GPU. The rich feature set, combined with its low cost, makes GeForce2 MX truly a GPU for the masses.
- NVIDIA TNT2™ Pro for the performance PC market. The TNT2 Pro features NVIDIA's award-winning, fourth-generation, 128-bit 3D architecture that has garnered more than 400 industry awards.
- NVIDIA Vanta™, Vanta LT, and TNT2 M64 for the commercial and corporate mainstream PC markets. Also based on the original award-winning NVIDIA TNT2 architecture, these processors offer low-cost, high-performance choices for business and entertainment applications.
- Aladdin TNT2 for the sub-$1000 PC market. The first truly integrated graphics chipset; Aladdin TNT2 redefines the possibilities for the lowest cost platforms.
The computing industry recognizes NVIDIA as the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology, honoring the company with the most graphics awards in the history of the PC industry. The unmatched breadth of the NVIDIA product family enables gripping multimedia experiences for the entire desktop computer market from workstations to internet-enabled appliances. PC OEMs, add-in card manufacturers, system builders, and consumer electronics companies worldwide choose NVIDIA GPUs as the core component of their graphics processing solutions. NVIDIA GPUs are used by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers. NVIDIA graphics processors deliver superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.nvidia.com.
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Notes to Editors: GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce 256, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX should be written as shown, with an uppercase "G" and "F", with a lowercase "e" and a lowercase "orce." There is no space between "GeForce" and "2" for GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX. There is a space before "Ultra," "GTS," "MX," and "256." The word "Ultra" is in titlecase. "MX" and "GTS" are in ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. Quadro2 Pro and Quadro2 MXR should be written as shown; there is no space between "Quadro" and "2." There is a space before "MXR" and it is in ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for NVIDIA, NVIDIA TNT2, NVIDIA TNT, RIVA 128, and RIVA 128ZX and is ALL CAPITALS.
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