NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2 Dominates Pentium III 550 First Looks
Award-Winning 3D Graphics Processor Helps Micron Electronics Win Top Honor – PC Magazine Editors' Choice
SANTA CLARA, CA – JUNE 3, 1999 – Extending its technology leadership position, NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that its RIVA TNT2™ 3D graphics processor helped Micron™ Electronics (Nasdaq: MUEI) win PC Magazine's coveted Editors' Choice Award. Micron's Millennia® MAX 550 was named Editor's Choice in PC Magazine's First Looks entitled "The Pentium® III at 550." The award was presented in PC Magazine's Issue #11, dated June 8, 1999. The award-winning Millennia Max 550 was configured with a 16MB Viper® V770 from Diamond Multimedia Systems (Nasdaq: DIMD) and an Intel® 550-MHz Pentium III. The new RIVA TNT2 3D graphics processor provides Micron's Millennia customers with best-in-class 3D and 2D performance and quality with 32-bit true color rendering and 32-bit Z/stencil-buffer.
In the review of the new high-performance Intel Pentium III based PC's, the Micron Millennia MAX 550 was singled out "if you want the most bang for the buck." It is also significant to note that all three systems reviewed in the article were equipped with Diamond Viper V770, signifying the RIVA TNT2's dominance as the performance leader for flagship Pentium III PCs. PC Magazine Senior Editor Carol Venezia wrote, "…the Diamond Viper V770 graphics card contributed to top scores on our 3D WinMark test at both 16-and 32-bit color depths."
"We are very excited by Micron's success with the Millennia systems," said Michael Hara, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "We are very proud that the Diamond Viper V770, powered by NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2, played a key role in helping Micron earn Editors' Choice. The Millennia Max 550 is an excellent example of the incredible horsepower now available to the mainstream PC market."
The RIVA TNT2 packs up to a 32MB frame buffer, 32-bit color pipeline and 32-bit Z/stencil-buffer in one powerful processor. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation, integrated, 128-bit 3D processor. The TwiN Texel Architecture, combined with per-pixel mip-mapping precision, offers an unprecedented fill rate of over 300 million pixels-per-second. The RIVA TNT2 also has the ability to render up to 10 million triangles per second which allows developers to write standards based applications with stunning visual effects.
The RIVA TNT2 is the fastest 128-bit processor with Digital Flat Panel support, AGP 4X and AGP 2X support. It also meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's® PC98, PC99 and all DirectX™ 6.0 initiatives. In addition to DirectX support, the RIVA TNT2 provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. The industry's fastest Direct3D acceleration, leadership VGA, DirectDraw and Video performance allows the RIVA TNT2 to power full screen DVD playback as well as a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games.
NVIDIA Family Processors
The RIVA family of 3D/2D graphics processors, the RIVA TNT2™, RIVA TNT™, RIVA 128ZX™ and the RIVA 128™ is the first family of high performance graphics 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 intensive applications. The NVIDIA Vanta™ 3D/2D processor is the first in a family of 3D processors designed for the enterprise PC market. Based on the award winning RIVA TNT2 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 graphics processors are optimized for both Direct3D™ and OpenGL APIs.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) designs, markets and sells a complete family of award-winning 3D graphics 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 http://www.nvidia.com.
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