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NVIDIA Product Family Sweeps Industry Benchmark Tests

NVIDIA Graphics Processors Take Top Spots In Mercury Research's Most-Recent 3D Benchmark Tests

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Derek Perez
Public Relations Manager
NVIDIA Corporation

For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARA, CA — February 15, 2000 — NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that Mercury Research found the GeForce 256™ graphics processor to be the fastest in a field of 23 processors evaluated using the latest version of the 3DMark™ 2000 and Ziff-Davis' 3D WinBench® 2000 and 2D WinMark® 2000 benchmark. The stellar results of the GeForce 256 demonstrate its significant lead in performance compared with the competition.

"Mercury Research is well respected for their expertise and test methods, and these results prove, once again, that NVIDIA provides the industry's best graphics technology," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.

Included in this benchmark suite, 3D WinBench 2000 could only be executed on 10 of the 23 evaluated processors. The GeForce 256 scored 66.2 on this 1024x768x32bpp test—more than a ten-point lead over the second-place winner. For 2D WinBench 2000, a 1024x768x16bpp test, NVIDIA graphics processors took the top six spots. The RIVA TNT™ Ultra finished in first place with a score of 358, the GeForce SDR took second place at 357, and the GeForce DDR completed the finalist circle with a third-place ranking of 356.

Read more about Mercury Research and its benchmarking efforts at the company's web sites ( and Details about the 3D WinBench 2000 and Business WinStone 99 benchmarks can be found at the Ziff-Davis web site (, and details on 3Dmark2000 and web site ( 
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 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 RIVA TNT2™ and RIVA TNT2 Pro™ for the performance PC market. The 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™, and RIVA 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
  • 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 the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology for mainstream platforms, awarding the company the most 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. In use by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers, NVIDIA products are the solutions of choice for 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

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Certain statements in this press release, including the 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 "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Notes to Editors GeForce 256 should be written with an uppercase G and F, all other letters lowercase, and a space between GeForce and 256. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. The recommended format for NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, RIVA TNT and RIVA TNT2 is ALL CAPITALS.

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