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NVIDIA Extends Performance Leadership with Immediate Availability of Three New Geforce® 7 Series GPUs

GeForce 7900 GTX, GeForce 7900 GT, and GeForce 7600 GT GPUs Bring Extreme High-Definition Gaming to Multiple Market Segments

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NVIDIA Corporation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CeBIT 2006—HANNOVER, GERMANY—MARCH 9, 2006— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced three new additions to the NVIDIA® GeForce 7 Series of graphics processing units (GPUs) set to make extreme high-definition (HD) gaming a reality. These new GPUs include:

  • GeForce 7900 GTX GPU – the new flagship GPU from NVIDIA delivers blazing core clocks for ultra-fast graphics performance and extends the Company’s performance leadershipi.
  • GeForce 7900 GT GPU – a new performance GPU that offers up to double the performance of the Company’s last generation performance productii.
  • GeForce 7600 GT GPU – this new midrange GPU is destined to inherit the unofficial title of "price/performance leader"iii from the product it replaces, the GeForce 6600 GT GPU.

These new GPUs are all immediately available from leading add-in card manufacturers, retailers, and e-tailers.

"NVIDIA continues to deliver the best GPU solutions for each market segment that we serve," said Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at NVIDIA. "By combining GeForce 7 Series GPUs with our NVIDIA nForce MCPs and NVDIA SLI technology, we are able to deliver a total platform solution that provides astonishing performance and immaculate image quality for our customers."

By making the award-winning GeForce 7 Series graphics architecture available to a variety of key market segments, NVIDIA has made it easier for PC OEMs, ODMs, and consumers to harness the power of the GeForce 7 architecture to drive extreme HD resolutions of 1920x1200 and higher. This enables superb visual quality and performance for playback of HD and DVD content as well as a stunning widescreen PC gaming experience.

Boasting the renowned GeForce 7 Series features—which contributed to NVIDIA sweeping nearly every GPU product-of-the-year award from leading technology publications—the new GeForce 7900 and 7600 GPUs deliver advanced technologies including:

  • The industry’s only GPU architecture with full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0—including vertex texture fetch (VTF) —enabling advanced shading programs for more realistic effects.
  • H.264 hardware accelerated support through NVIDIA PureVideo™ technology—the combination of HD video processors and software delivers a HD home-theater quality video experience to the PC.
  • Designed for NVIDIA SLI™ technology— a revolutionary platform innovation that allows users to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a single system with an NVIDIA nForce SLI MCP. Using proprietary software algorithms and dedicated scalability logic in each NVIDIA GPU and MCP, SLI technology delivers the highest performance computing solution.
  • A high performance 3D architecture built for Microsoft Windows Vista™— the industry’s first operating system to require a dedicated GPU to realize its full potentialiv.

Some of the world’s leading add-in card partners will be offering graphics cards based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series GPUs, including Albatron, AOpen Inc., ASUSTek Computer Inc., BFG Technologies Inc., Biostar, Chaintech Computer Co. Ltd., Cheer Ascent, City Gate / Triple-D, Club3D, ELSA, Epsco, EVGA Corporation, Gainward Co. Ltd., Galaxy, Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., Innovision, Jaton, Jetway, Leadtek Research Inc., MSI Computer Corporation, Palit Microsystems, Inc., Prolink, PNY Technology, Point of View, Sigmacom, SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., and XFX.

For further information on the GeForce 7 Series GPUs, please visit www.nvidia.com

i Performance leadership based on testing GeForce 7900 GTX against the leading competitor, the ATI Radeon X1900 XTX. Performance tested on FutureMark’s 3DMark 06 benchmark at the benchmark default setting of 1280x1024 shows GeForce 7900 GTX scoring 5254 vs ATI Radeon X1900XTX scoring 5073 on an Athlon FX-57-based system with 1GB of memory running Windows XP SP2.

ii Claim based on testing GeForce 7900 GT against the GeForce 6800 GT, the previous generation performance product from NVIDIA. Performance tested on HalfLife 2: Day of Defeat (anzio level) at settings of 1600x1200 4xAA/8xAF shows GeForce 7900 GT scoring 54 fps vs GeForce 6800 GT scoring 26.7 fps on a Athlon FX-57-based system with 1GB of memory running Windows XP SP2.

iii Based on statement by editors in reviews including, but not limited to:
Toms Hardware: "Measured by its price, the performance of the GeForce 6600 GT is very impressive and, for the time being, without competition."
http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20040907/geforce_6600-20.html

Gamespot : "As it stands, the 6600 GT looks to be the king of the hill when it comes to sub-$200 video cards."
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6106675/p-2.html

FiringSquad: "NVIDIA’s GeForce 6600 GT AGP is the unquestioned price/performance leader at the $200 price point, there’s just nothing else out there that comes close to touching it in terms of speed or feature set at that price."
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_6600_gt_agp_roundup/page20.asp

HotHardware: "Clearly, the GeForce 6600 GT has set a new standard for performance in value-minded PCI Express gaming."
http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.cfm?articleid=578&cid=2

iv Microsoft’s recommendation for graphics with Windows Vista can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/hardware/vistahardware.mspx#EFAA

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NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to the benefits, capabilities, performance and features of the NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series GPUs, including the new 7900 GTX, 7900 GT and 7600GT, anticipated availability of the new GPUs, and performance leadership, 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, unexpected changes in Microsoft’s next generation operating system, delays in ramping new products into production, developments of new products and technologies by competitors, software bugs, manufacturing defects, loss of performance when used in a complete system, delays in delivery of products, continued acceptance and use of new technologies and products, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 30, 2005. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


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