NVIDIA's RIVA TNT Wins Top Hardware for '98

NVIDIA Extends Performance Leadership with "Detonator" Software
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 8, 1999 -- NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) announced today that the RIVA TNT(TM) 3D processor has earned the Special Achievement in Hardware award in PC Gamer's Fifth Annual PC Gamer Awards. PC Gamer reported that "it was NVIDIA, with its phenomenal RIVA TNT technology, that stole the show in '98."

NVIDIA also announced the availability of its "Detonator" software. With the new software, NVIDIA delivers up to 30% As measured by Half-Life running at 1024x768 on a Pentium II 450MHz performance gain in DirectX 6.0 and OpenGL applications and has added support for next-generation CPUs and operating systems. The Detonator software extends the performance leadership of the RIVA TNT, as the world's fastest shipping graphics processor (Source: Mercury Research, Scottsdale AZ, November 19, 1998 at http://www.mercury.org/).

In the newly released March 1999 issue of PC Gamer, the RIVA TNT was named for a Special Achievement in Hardware. The article closed with "Top it off with the fact that the TNT can render images in true 32-bit color, multi-texture, and take full advantage of AGP 2X, and you have a 3D chip that stands alone as the best new hardware of 1998."

"NVIDIA's RIVA products are the most decorated graphics technology in the history of this industry, garnering over 190 industry awards," said Michael Hara, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "With the additional performance gains and quality enhancements, NVIDIA brings an even higher level of performance and quality to users this spring."

"The Detonator drivers are one more example of NVIDIA's relentless execution," said Mike Harrington, director of development at Valve Software L.L.C. "Half-Life frame rates in Direct3D jumped 30 percent at 1024x768 when we tested the new drivers."

"The software team at NVIDIA is always tuning their drivers for more performance," said Tim Sweeney, chairman and founder at Epic Games, Inc. "Detonator is a perfect example of NVIDIA's ability to deliver more performance every time you turn around. Unreal D3D is much smoother at high resolutions with the Detonator drivers."

NVIDIA Detonator
Optimized for next-generation CPUs, DirectX 6.0 and OpenGL, NVIDIA's Detonator software provides the highest performance and quality for RIVA TNT-based PC products. In addition to performance enhancements, the Detonator software improves overall stability and is designed to be forward compatible with future NVIDIA processors. Windows 2000-ready, NVIDIA's Detonator software is available now at www.nvidia.com.

NVIDIA Processors
The RIVA family of 3D/2D processors, the RIVA TNT(TM), RIVA 128ZX(TM) and the RIVA 128(TM), is the first family of high performance processors for the performance mainstream PC market. The RIVA processors utilize a 128-bit pipeline to support the computational throughput required for current and future graphically intense applications. The NVIDIA Vanta(TM) 3D/2D processor is the first in a family of 3D processors designed for the enterprise PC market. Based on the award winning RIVA TNT architecture, the NVIDIA Vanta processor is designed for Windows 2000 and the burgeoning market for enterprise visualization applications. By leveraging its graphics technology and massive gate counts, all NVIDIA processors are able to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration in single chip solutions. NVIDIA processors are optimized for both Direct3D(TM) and OpenGL(TM).

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation, rated the most influential 3D processor company by PC Magazine, designs, develops, markets and sells high-performance 3D processors for personal computers. New corporate headquarters are in California: NVIDIA Corporation, 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, CA 95051. (408) 615-2500. http://www.nvidia.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially. Factors that may affect NVIDIA's actual results include the impact of competitive products and pricing, technological changes in products and components, the ability to timely and successfully develop and produce in volume new products and modifications to existing products, market acceptance of new products and modifications to existing products and conditions in the PC market. Further information on factors that could affect the financial results of NVIDIA is included in the Registration Statement on Form S-1, dated January 22, 1999, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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