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NVIDIA-based RIVA TNT2 Cards Dominate Mercury Research Benchmark for Second Consecutive Season


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SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 23, 1999 – For the second consecutive season and four out of the last five seasons, NVIDIA™ Corporation's (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced that the award-winning RIVA TNT2™ ranked first on both the 3D and 2D benchmark tests conducted by Mercury Research Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ, an industry-leading research and consulting firm. The RIVA TNT2 dominated the results by earning the 3 top spots in 3D WinBench® 99; the number one spot in 2D WinBench® 99; and three of the top four spots in the 3DMark™ 99 MAX Pro benchmark (

"Once again the results, based on Mercury Research's testing, speak for themselves," stated Dan Vivoli, vice president of product marketing at NVIDIA. "Mercury Research results are a key metric of our goal to provide users with the absolute best visual experience on the PC."

In an online report, Mercury Research reported the top performing 3D and 2D processors on the market using Ziff Davis' WinBench 99 test and 3DMark 99 by the Futuremark Corporation. NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2 produced the highest 3D score in both 3D benchmarks and outperformed the nearest competitor by 90 points on 3D WinBench and by 128 points on 3DMark. The testing platform for this data series was an Intel® Pentium® II 500 MHz CPU running on an ASUS motherboard.

RIVA TNT2 Offers Industry-Leading Performance
Targeting the mainstream performance PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards feature a 300MHz RAMDAC and 32MB of RAM and support resolutions beyond HDTV and as high as

2048 x 1536 x 32bpp @ 60hz. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation integrated 128-bit 3D processor. The RIVA TNT2's 32MB frame buffer, 32-bit color pipeline and 32-bit Z-buffer delivers unsurpassed quality and performance. The TwiN-Texel architecture, combined with per-pixel mip-mapping precision, offers an unprecedented fill rate of up to 350 million pixels-per-second, which is twice that of the nearest competitor (440BX chip set). For more information, please go to

The RIVA TNT2 meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC 98, PC 99 and all DirectX® 6.0 initiatives. In addition to Microsoft® DirectX support, the RIVA TNT provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95 and Windows NT®. Delivering the industry's fastest Direct3D® acceleration, leadership VGA, DirectDraw® and video performance allows the RIVA TNT2 to power a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games and full screen DVD playback.

NVIDIA 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-intense 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 their graphics technology and massive gate counts, all NVIDIA processors 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 API's.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world's leading supplier of performance 3D graphics processors, is the only independent top-to-bottom supplier of 3D graphics solutions for mainstream PCs. NVIDIA designs, markets and sells an award-winning family of 3D processors, delivering industry leading-performance and visual quality for a broad range of PC-based applications, including enterprise visualization, e-commerce, e-business, education and entertainment. Used by the top PC OEMs in the world, NVIDIA's products are distributed through a worldwide channel that includes PC OEM, add-in card and motherboard partners in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at
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