NVIDIA GeForce4 GPUs Take The World By Storm

GeForce4 Product Family Receives Awards and Glowing Reviews From Top Technology Media; GeForce4 Ti 4600 GPU Proclaimed World’s Fastest

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SANTA CLARA, CA — MAY 13, 2002 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that leading technology publications have declared the GeForce4™ series of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) the best in its class, and have bestowed numerous editorial awards for technical excellence.  Leading computer magazines including Computer Gaming World, Computer Source, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer, as well as leading technical Web sites such as AnandTech, Bjorn3D, FiringSquad, HardOCP, Hot Hardware, Toms Hardware Guide and more, have all praised the entire NVIDIA GeForce4 product family and given product awards to GeForce4 Ti GPU-based and GeForce4 MX GPU-based add-in cards.  A list of reviews can be found on NVIDIA’s Web Site at http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=geforce4.

“Since the launch in February, the entire family of GeForce4 GPUs has had tremendous success in the retail and OEM markets, extending the Company’s leadership position,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “These reviews and accolades confirm that NVIDIA has created the most powerful, top-to-bottom family of programmable GPUs.”

The GeForce4 series of GPUs represents a major new product cycle for desktops, workstations, and notebooks, and is one of NVIDIA’s key growth drivers contributing to the tremendous momentum as evidenced by the Company’s recent announcement on April 29, 2002.

PCs featuring the power of the GeForce4 GPUs are currently available from hundreds of PC OEMs and System Builders worldwide, including Apple, Compaq Computer Corporation, Gateway Inc, Hewlett-Packard, MicronPC and Toshiba.  Add-in cards manufacturers selling GeForce4-based graphics adapters include ASUSTeK, eVGA.com, Gainward, Leadtek, MSI, PNY Technologies, Visiontek and more.

The GeForce4 family of GPUs includes the GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX GPUs.  In addition to unmatched performance, the GeForce4 family of GPUs adds innovative new features, including:

  • nView™, NVIDIA’s multi-display technology that supports arrangements of analog monitors and digital flat panel displays that can be combined to drastically increase the users desktop.
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II (LMA II), NVIDIA’s 128-bit memory interface featuring a crossbar design for unsurpassed graphics processing power.
  • Accuview Antialiasing™ (AA), delivering high-resolution, high-performance, and unbeatable visual quality at blistering frame rates.

What the Experts are Saying

“It doesn’t really matter which GeForce4 Ti card you choose.  You will always be a winner.  With its GeForce4 Ti 4200, NVIDIA currently has the most attractive offer on the shelves, by far,” said Lars Weinland, contributing editor for www.tomshardware.com in his Tom’s VGA Charts article, a comprehensive listing of the top performing graphics cards in five leading benchmark applications and games.  In the article, NVIDIA’s GeForce4 Ti series of GPUs swept the top three spots on each benchmark tested.

“Simply put, this card has everything: power, features, connector options…everything,” noted Will Smith, technical editor, in the May 2002 issue of Maximum PC magazine.  Declaring it the “World’s fastest 3D accelerator”, Maximum PC awarded the GeForce4 Ti 4600 GPU–based Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4600 the Maximum PC Kick Ass Product Award. 

PC Gamer, the most widely read computer gaming magazine in the world, awarded the PC Gamer Editor’s Choice Awards to add-in boards based on each member of the GeForce4 Ti family including the GeForce4 Ti 4200 GPU, GeForce4 Ti 4400 GPU and twice to GeForce4 Ti 4600 GPU-based products.  PC Gamer’s Hard Stuff Trinity is a monthly listing of the top PC components in three different price segments, and in the June 2002 issue, GeForce4-based graphics adapters swept all three spots.  NVIDIA’s GeForce4 Ti 4600 GPU was named as the GPU for the dream system category; the NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 GPU took the honors in the mid-range system; while the GeForce4 MX 440 GPU was named as the GPU for the entry-level system.

“The GeForce4 kicks some serious ass,” said William O’Neal, hardware reviews editor for Computer Gaming World, who added the GeForce4 Ti 4600 to the “Power Rig” in his ongoing Ultimate Gaming Machine column. 

“The GeForce4 MX card performs better than anything in its class, and should be the new baseline graphics card for 3D gaming,” noted Sam Parker, hardware editor for www.gamespot.com

“NVIDIA’s GeForce4 Ti 4200 is by far the best card under the $200 mark,” said Anand Lal Shimpi, editor in chief of www.anandtech.com in his Sub-$200 Video Card Round-up article.

“The GeForce4 Ti 4200 has me more excited than any other product introduced in the last quarter,” said Kyle Bennett, editor in chief of www.hardocp.com.  “The GeForce4 Ti 4200 will deliver stunning performance and beautiful DX8 graphics to a market segment that is used to being offered graphics technology that is a generation behind the cutting edge.”

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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