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NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU "Transforms" 3D Solutions on Compaq Presario Internet PCs


Presario PCs to Feature NVIDIA GeForce 256 GPU-based Solutions as Part of Compaq's "Built For You" Program

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 8, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that NVIDIA's GeForce 256 graphics processing Unit (GPU) is now available through Compaq's "Built For You" program. The GeForce 256 GPU will allow Compaq to deliver award-winning graphics performance and quality across many Compaq Presario platforms available through the "Built For You" self-configuration program. Consumers can order these computers through Compaq's Direct Sales site (, through thousands of electronic kiosks at local retailers or by calling Compaq Direct Sales at 1-800-888-0220.

"Never before has the PC consumer had access to such tremendous graphics capabilities," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Working with Compaq, the world's No. 1 PC manufacturer, we are able to create solutions that deliver the ultimate entertainment and Internet experience for the mass market."

"Compaq has always taken pride on delivering cutting edge solutions ahead of the market," said Mark Vena, Director of Consumer Marketing at Compaq Computer. "The combination of the new Compaq Presario's and GeForce 256 GPU is the ultimate multimedia platform and provides an unbeatable combination for users who demand nothing but the most stunning graphics experience.

The Biggest Thing to Hit 3D Graphics
The GeForce 256 GPU is an immensely complex device with nearly 23 million transistors, more than twice the complexity of the Intel® Pentium® III microprocessor. With 50 Gigaflops of floating-point calculation capability dedicated to 3D, equivalent to the performance of a maximum configuration 256-processor Cray T3D, NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU delivers an unprecedented 15 million sustained polygons per second and 480 million pixels per second. GeForce 256 supports up to 128MB of frame buffer memory, AGP 4X with Fast Writes – a unique feature in GeForce 256 – and a 350MHz RAMDAC to drive the most extreme resolutions and color depths, up to 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz. In addition to Microsoft® DirectX® support, the GeForce 256 GPU provides full support for an OpenGL® Installable Client Driver (ICD) for Windows® 2000 and Windows NT®.
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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