NVIDIA Continues to Dominate PC Industry Awards

Mercury Research and PC World Recognize NVIDIA GeForce 256 and GeForce2 GTS for Technical Excellence

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For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA – May 23, 2000 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world's leading supplier of performance 3D graphics processors, announced today that the GeForce family of GPUs dominated two of the industry's most recognized benchmark reviews, Mercury Research's quarterly report and PC World's Top 10 Graphics Boards for Gamers.

"Winning both the Mercury Research and PC World performance tests with two different offerings from our GeForce family of GPUs is a significant achievement," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "It's safe to say that we've extended our lead over the rest of the industry – as evidenced by our growing list of over 500 industry awards and the ability to continuously demonstrate that our previous generation products are only outperformed by newer NVIDIA products."

In the latest benchmarks conducted by Mercury Research Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ, an industry-leading research and consulting firm, NVIDIA's newest offering, the GeForce2 GTS™, took first place in all 3D and 2D tests. NVIDIA's GeForce2 GTS and GeForce 256 took the top two spots in 3D WinBench® 2000; while the GeForce2 GTS took the number one spot in 2D WinBench® 2000, Quake III Arena and 3DMark™ 2000 MAX Pro tests. This latest roundup from Mercury Research can be found at http://www.themeter.com.

In addition to the Mercury Research roundup, the GeForce 256 GPU-based ELSA Erazor X2 secured the "Best Buy" designation in PC World's latest roundup of AGP graphics cards. Plus, NVIDIA-based solutions gathered the top six positions and maintained eight out of the top ten scoring 3D graphics cards. PC World's latest roundup can be found at http://www.pcworld.com/top400/article/0,1361,16234,00.html.

These test results come on the heels of NVIDIA announcing the next generation GeForce2 GTS as part of their six-month product cycle roadmap. The GeForce2 GTS now replaces the GeForce 256 as the highest performing GPU in NVIDIA's portfolio of solutions.

NVIDIA Products
The first 3D graphics semiconductor company to deliver a complete top-to-bottom family of 3D solutions, NVIDIA gives developers the advantage of one unified driver and one architecture across all implementations. The proven graphics architecture and massive gate counts translate into stunningly realistic, high-performance results. NVIDIA single-chip processors enable high-frame-rate 3D graphics, benchmark-winning 2D graphics, and VGA and video acceleration for unequaled visual realism and real-time interactivity. Optimized for both Direct3D™ and OpenGL® APIs, the NVIDIA products currently include:

  • NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS and GeForce 256™ for the PC enthusiast market. The world's first graphics processing unit, GeForce 256 delivers an order-of-magnitude increase in geometry processing power and enables unmatched access to interactive content.
  • NVIDIA Quadro™ for professional workstations, digital content creation, and MCAD markets. The Quadro processor integrates the revolutionary QuadEngine™ architecture for optimized transform and lighting functions.
  • NVIDIA TNT2™ Pro for the performance PC market. The RIVA TNT2 and TNT2 Pro feature 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 mainstream and value PC markets. Also based on the award-winning RIVA TNT2 architecture, these processors offer low-cost, highly integrated choices for entry-level add-in card and motherboard applications.
  • NVIDIA 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 a global leader in advanced graphics processing technology for mainstream platforms, honoring the company with the most awards in the history of the PC graphics industry. The breadth of the NVIDIA product family enables gripping multimedia experiences for the entire desktop computer market from workstations to internet-enabled appliances. In use by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers, NVIDIA products are used by the top PC OEMs, add-in card designers, and system builders worldwide. 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: GeForce 256 and GeForce2 GTS should be written with an uppercase G and F, all other letters lowercase, and a space between GeForce and 256 as well as a space between GeForce2 and GTS. GTS is ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. The recommended format for NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, NVIDIA TNT, and NVIDIA TNT2 is ALL CAPITALS. 
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