NVIDIA Showcases Quadro4 Performance with Stellar SPEC Benchmark Results

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Susan Austin 
NVIDIA Corporation  

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 7, 2002 - Following the most recent published benchmark results from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s Graphics Performance Characterization (SPEC/GPC) group, NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced that its Quadro™4 family of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) delivered the highest performance on the SPECviewperf  6.1.2 AWadvs-04, Light-04, MedMCAD-01 and ProCDRS-03 benchmark tests.  NVIDIA Quadro4 GPUs also garnered top graphics performance marks in SPECapc tests for 3ds max 4.2™ and SolidWorks 2001™, and most SPECapc tests on price performance. Last February, NVIDIA’s Quadro4 900 XGL graphics solution became the first workstation graphics solution to break a score of 100 in the ProDCRS-03 test with a staggering result of 103. All SPEC/APC benchmark results can be found at www.spec.org/gpc/.
“These results confirm that NVIDIA’s Quadro4 professional graphics solutions are the industry's best across all applications,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “At any price point, our Quadro4 family of graphics solutions provide tremendous value and great features like multi-monitor functionality to squeeze the most productivity out of every dollar invested.”
NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics overpowered the competition on application price performance, winning the 3ds max 4.2, SolidEdge V11™, Unigraphics 17, SolidWorks 2001, Pro/ENGINEER™ 2000i2, AWadvs, DRV, DX, Light, MedMCAD, and ProCDRS benchmark tests on cost per composite. The SPEC/APC benchmark results were updated May 1.

The Quadro4 family is a complete, top-to-bottom family of workstation graphics solutions delivering the industry’s highest performance and most complete feature set at unprecedented values.  The Quadro4 XGL GPU series is the ideal solution for every level of user of computer-aided design and digital content creation applications, while the Quadro4 NVS series of multi-display professional solutions offers industry-leading acceleration for professional 2D applications popular in the financial services market and the Non-Linear Video Editing (NLE) market.  New technology introduced in the Quadro4 family includes:

  • Two completely new graphics architectures designed to accelerate professional DirectX® and OpenGL® applications.
  • NVIDIA’s advanced programmable shading technology enables custom special effects and real-time custom animations. 
  • nView™, NVIDIA’s multi-display technology supports combinations of analog monitors and digital flat panel displays to drastically increase the user’s desktop.
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II (LMA II), NVIDIA’s 128-bit memory interface features a crossbar design and advanced Quadro memory management techniques.

NVIDIA’s Quadro4 graphics boards are available worldwide from a variety of workstation OEMs and channel partners, including: Compaq Computer Corporation, Dell, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Boxx Technology, Colfax International, DigitalScape, LT Micro/The 3D Shop, Max Black Systems, MaxVision, PNY Technologies and Tristar International.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets.  Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world.  NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment and education.
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