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NVIDIA-Based Compaq PCs Score an Unprecedented Double Victory

PCs Featuring NVIDIA Graphics Technologies Win Both PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation  
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For Immediate Release:

SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 26, 2001 – Further validating the Company’s top-to-bottom, cross-market business strategies, NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that its revolutionary graphics technologies helped Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) sweep the “Ultimate PC” round-up in issue 21 of PC Magazine.  The feature, entitled “Whiz Bang Boxes”, pits 11 consumer PCs and five business PCs from the industry’s top OEMs head-to-head, with one PC in each category crowned the definitive champion.  Of the 16 systems reviewed, 13 included NVIDIA’s graphics and multimedia technology, with two systems—the Compaq Presario 8000Z consumer PC featuring the GeForce3™ Ti 500 and the Compaq Evo D500 business PC featuring the NVIDIA Vanta™—earning the prestigious Editor’s Choice award. 

“We’re ecstatic that NVIDIA helped Compaq achieve this rare double feat,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “NVIDIA has always delivered dramatic performance increases and feature benefits for the entire range of desktop computers, and we’re pleased that our graphics technologies help power PCs of every platform, at every price point and for every market.”
NVIDIA’s entire family of graphics technology and graphics processing units (GPUs) were well represented in the system reviews, including the NVIDIA shading technology-based GeForce3 Ti 500 GPU, which PC Magazine referred to as “great technology”; the value-edition NVIDIA Vanta; and the groundbreaking nForce™ Platform Processing architecture, which delivered what PC Magazine called “the best sound we heard from a system”.  In addition, PC Magazine editors also selected the GeForce3 Ti 500 and the NVIDIA nForce Platform Processing Architecture as key components to building the “Perfect High-End PC”.  The December 11, 2001 issue of PC 
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment and education.

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