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Compaq's Presario 5600 Powered by NVIDIA'S RIVA TNT


Presario PCs Offer World's Fastest 3D Graphics Processor 

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA -NOVEMBER 11, 1998 - NVIDIA(TM) Corporation announced today that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) is offering the RIVA TNT(TM) 3D graphics processor for its Presario 5600 series of PCs. The RIVA TNT is an upgrade option made available via the Viper V550 graphics board from Diamond Multimedia (NASDAQ: DIMD). The RIVA TNT, the world's fastest graphics processor(Source: Mercury Research), delivers a stunning visual experience for Compaq's home computing PC customers.

"Compaq's 'Built for you' program gives consumers access to the latest technologies and the option to configure the Presario PC that is perfect for them at a competitive price point," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of sales for NVIDIA. "By including the RIVA TNT in its Configure To Order (CTO) program, Compaq is enabling its home consumers access to the best visual experience available for entertainment and forthcoming on-line 3D applications."

Compaq Presario 5600 Series
The ultimate PC for the digital future, the Presario 5600 Series features the latest in Intel(r) Pentium(r) II processors -- 333, 350 or 400 MHz -- a new 50 percent faster 100 MHz system bus(7); 512 KB L2 pipeline burst cache; up to 384 MB SyncDRAM memory; hard drive sizes from 8 GB to 16.8 GB, including the fastest desktop drive in the industry, the IBM 12.9 GB Deskstar 7200 RPM; and a 2nd-Generation DVD-ROM drive(5). In addition to the innovative Internet and digital technologies, the new Presario desktop lineup continues the Compaq tradition of delivering unprecedented value and performance in every product class. Prices range from $1,549 to $2,999(6) for base models. Information about Compaq and its products can be found at or by calling 1-800-OK-COMPAQ in North America.

NVIDIA's RIVA family of 3D processors, the RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX and RIVA TNT, are the first 128-bit 3D processors to deliver leadership Direct3D performance to the mainstream PC market. By leveraging NVIDIA's graphics technology and massive gate counts, the RIVA processor family is designed to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration all in single chip iterations. The RIVA processors are optimized for both Direct3D(TM) and OpenGL(TM).

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation, rated the most influential 3D processor company in the PC industry by PC Magazine, designs, develops, markets and sells high-performance 3D processors for personal computers. Corporate headquarters are in California: NVIDIA Corporation, 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, Ca: 408-615-2500.
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