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NVIDIA Unveils New GeForce FX GPU--The Industry's Fastest Graphics Processor

Industry-Leading Performance and Cinematic Feature Set Transform the PC into the Ultimate Gaming Platform

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 12, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today unveiled the NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5900 series of graphics processing units (GPU), the newest high-performance desktop GPU in the award-winning GeForce FX family.  With its industry-leading performance and unmatched cinematic feature set, this radical new GPU has advanced the state of PC gaming by transforming the PC into the ultimate gaming platform.

“We are committed to building the best technology for the game enthusiast,” stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA.  “With the new GeForce FX 5900 series, gamers can experience games at the highest resolutions with the highest visual quality, and know they have the best platform for upcoming cinematic applications such as Doom3.  The NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 is a true testament of our commitment to technology leadership and to game enthusiasts all over the world.”

Industry-recognized influencers validated the Company’s performance claims  by reporting blistering results on the latest game benchmarks.  When running one of the industry’s highly anticipated benchmarks—Doom3 from id Software—the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra recorded more than a 45% performance increase over the nearest competitive product.

“NVIDIA’s brand new GeForce FX 5900 beats even its latest competition in all important benchmarks,” stated Thomas Pabst, Founder of Tom’s Hardware Guide.  “The new 256-bit wide memory interface allows blazing FSAA performance, while the new driver set provides vast improvements in image quality, especially with anisotropic filtering.”

Anand Lal Shimpi, from AnandTech.com stated, “By combining a 256-bit memory bus with a more efficient architecture and stable, mature drivers, the GeForce FX 5900 shifts the balance of power back to NVIDIA.”

Based on the radical GeForce FX architecture, the GeForce FX 5900 GPU features a number of new technologies, including:

  • 0.13µm (micron) process for ultra-high clock frequencies
  • NVIDIA compatibility, stability, and reliability
  • NVIDIA® CineFX™ 2.0 engine with second-generation pixel shaders
  • NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ technology for accelerated rendering of lighting and shadows
  • NVIDIA® Intellisample™ HCT for unprecedented anisotropic filtering and antialiasing image quality and performance
  • 256-bit memory interface for unprecedented memory bandwidth

In addition, the GeForce FX 5900 GPU features the industry’s only true 128-bit color precision, delivering studio-quality color to the PC market.  NVIDIA also supports the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® feature sets to ensure unmatched visual quality and mesmerizing 3D graphics.

The GeForce FX 5900 series is supported by NVIDIA’s world-renowned Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)—the industry’s only true binary-compatible software architecture, ensuring software compatibility and stability, enabling the industry’s most reliable graphics platform.

The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra will be on display for the first time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week in Los Angeles.  Attendees to the show should visit NVIDIA in booth number 1636, as well as the more than twenty software partner booths on the show floor, including Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, Eidos Interactive, Lucas Arts, Microsoft Games Studio, Ubisoft, and others.
 
The NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 will be available in June 2003 and be offered by a record number of partners worldwide.  For additional details and a complete list of partners, log on to http://www.nvidia.com.

About NVIDIA
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 the 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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