NVIDIA Sets Unprecedented 3D Performance Level with New RIVA 128ZX Processor
3D Processor Company of Choice Continues to Lead the Performance Mainstream Market
For Immediate Release
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 23, 1998 - NVIDIA™ Corporation today unveiled the RIVA 128ZX™ processor, the latest addition to the company's award winning, industry-acclaimed RIVA 128™ processor family. Coupled with new enhanced ZX software drivers, the RIVA 128ZX processor offers the industry's fastest 3D processing capability with a Ziff Davis 3D WinBench 98 score of 781 , extended resolution and color depth, AGP 2X support, as well as high-performance 2D, VGA and digital video capabilities
"As evidenced by our growing customer list and industry awards, NVIDIA has proven it can deliver leading-edge 3D graphics technology to consumers in the PC market," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "NVIDIA is focused on delivering a stunning visual experience, and with the RIVA 128ZX, we will take consumer interactive 3D to a new level."
"Based on the results of Q4 '97, NVIDIA has proven its ability to successfully deliver a high-performance 3D solution to the mainstream marketplace," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA). "The architecture, and initial performance numbers, of its RIVA 128ZX indicate that NVIDIA is well positioned to strengthen their leadership position."
"Diamond Multimedia's partnership with NVIDIA has been successful in providing our mainstream customers with a high-performance 2D/3D/video processing solution," said Ken Wirt, vice president of corporate marketing at Diamond Multimedia Systems. "The newly announced RIVA 128ZX features an extension of the RIVA 128's success by offering greater performance and additional support for higher resolutions."
"STB's VELOCITY 128 was the overwhelming winner in the latest round of magazine reviews and its 3D WinBench scores, driven by the NVIDIA RIVA 128, remain the best available today," said J. Shane Long, vice president of sales and marketing for STB Systems. "We expect to extend this lead with the improved performance of the RIVA 128ZX and the addition of AGP 2X support."
The RIVA 128ZX 3D processor features an 8MB frame buffer (8 or 16Mbit SGRAM) and AGP 2X to support the storage of high-quality 3D textures and a 250MHz RAMDAC, to drive the most extreme resolutions, color depths and ergonomic refresh rates, up to 1600x1200x32bpp @ 85Hz. The RIVA 128ZX integrates advanced video processing technologies necessary to accelerate multimedia applications. Technologies such as scatter-gather DMA, color format conversion, scaling and filtering, and TV flicker-filtering enhance the playback of high-quality digital video. The RIVA 128ZX processor is optimized for both Direct3DTM and OpenGLTM. Like its predecessor, the RIVA 128ZX utilizes a 128-bit graphics pipeline to the frame buffer interface to support the computational throughput required for todayís graphically intense applications.
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1. Tested using ZD 3D WinBench 98 using a Pentium 2, 333MHz system, in 640x480x16bit mode Intel's 3D WinBench 98 score, as quoted by Microprocessor Report at: http://www.mdronline.com/q/@923609nsyqyy/intel740_pr.html