New NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 GPU Enables a New Class of Enthusiast Gaming PCs

Blazing Graphics Power and an Unmatched Feature Set to Be Delivered by the World’s Leading Extreme Performance PC System Builders

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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 12, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that the NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5900 Ultra graphics processing unit (GPU) has quickly become the GPU of choice among system builders who build extreme performance PCs for the gaming enthusiasts’ market.  By powering the hottest new games, the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra transforms the PC into a high-speed gaming platform.  With its industry-leading performance and unmatched cinematic feature set, this new GPU—from the unambiguous technology leader in 3D graphics—has accelerated the evolution of PC gaming.

“In order to play today and tomorrow’s hottest PC games—users need to have the hottest hardware on the market,” said Frank Azor executive vice president at Alienware.  “The NVIDIA GeForce FX series of GPUs is that hardware. The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is the GPU for gamers worldwide.”

The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra will be available in June from the major gaming enthusiast PC builders, including:  4MBO, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, and VoodooPC.
“Our partners know that they must configure their systems with the fastest GPU on the market if they want to have the fastest PC,” said Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA.  “The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra GPU gives them the horsepower to capture the performance speed crown and leave the competition in the dust.”

“By combining the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra with the NVIDIA nForce™2 platform processors, the VoodooPC Luxury F-Class delivers the most realistic gaming experience ever,” said Rahul Sood, president at VoodooPC.   “VoodooPC will use this potent combination to debut one of the world’s fastest desktop PCs at E3 this year.”

Introduced today, the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 series features a new 256-bit memory interface; a new NVIDIA® CineFX™ 2.0 engine with second-generation pixel shaders; true 128-bit color precision; full speed, full floating-point precision; and support for the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® feature sets to ensure great visual quality and mesmerizing graphics.

For more information on the GeForce FX series of GPUs and where you can purchase them, please visit the “Where to Buy” section of the NVIDIA Web site at www.nvidia.com/content/wheretouby/consumer.asp.

NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms.  Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles.  NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including any statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers.  Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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