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NVIDIA's RIVA TNT Drives Pentium III Systems for Spring 1999


"Fastest 3D Processor" Continues to Dominate as Top OEMs and Trade Publications Make RIVA TNT 3D Processor of Choice
SANTA CLARA, CA – APRIL 16, 1999 – NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced today that top OEMs Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Micron, NEC, CompUSA, ProGen and Quantex are shipping NVIDIA's award-winning RIVA TNT(TM) as the standard 3D graphics processor for select new Pentium III(TM) systems. In addition to these OEM wins, NVIDIA also announced that in separate tests in PC Magazine, PC World, PC Computing, Computer Shopper, Maximum PC and Family PC Magazine, all Pentium III-based systems using the RIVA TNT 3D graphics processor had secured the highest possible rating in the latest round of testing for each publication. All of the Pentium III systems reviewed are currently available.

"Being singled out by these major OEM partners as well as these prestigious publications demonstrates that the RIVA TNT processor is the dominant 3D graphics processor of choice by both the editorial and end-user communities for next-generation Pentium III-based systems," said Michael Hara, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "With the combination of the RIVA TNT and the Intel Pentium III processor, our OEMs are providing end-users with the high-performance graphics horsepower needed for quality entertainment, education, business and e-commerce 3D applications unmatched by competitive solutions."

Optimized RIVA TNT Lauded by Press
NVIDIA's RIVA TNT 3D graphics processor has been optimized for Intel Pentium III processor-based PCs. When combined with the "Detonator" software, the RIVA TNT allows OEMs to offer best in class CPU and graphics processing power for high-performance PC users. NVIDIA has added support for the Pentium III processor's Streaming SIMD Extensions to take full advantage of the capabilities of the Pentium III processor.

With quotes that included "the fastest 3D processor you can buy," "lightning quick chip," and delivering "unbelievable graphics," systems using the RIVA TNT 3D processor garnered editorial awards that ranged from the "Recommended" rating of 5 separate systems in Family PC Magazine, to "Best Buy" in Computer Shopper to the Editors Choice award in PC Magazine. The tests in these publications included systems from Compaq, CompUSA, Dell, Gateway, Micron, NEC, ProGen and Quantex.

NVIDIA Processors
The RIVA family of 3D/2D processors, the RIVA TNT2(TM), 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 and OpenGL.

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ : NVDA) designs, markets and sells a complete family of award winning 3D processors that deliver industry-leading performance and visual quality for a broad range of PC applications, including: enterprise visualization, e-commerce, e-business, entertainment and education. Corporate headquarters are located in California: 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, California 95051. For more information visit the Company's web site at
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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