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NVIDIA Strengthens Mainstream Product Line with Two GeForce® 7 Series GPUs

GeForce 7600 GS and GeForce 7300 LE GPUs Deliver GeForce 7 Series Features and Performance at Affordable Prices

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE 2006—SAN JOSE, CA—MARCH 22, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today expanded the Company's GeForce 7 Series product line for the mainstream market segment with two aggressively-priced graphics processing units (GPUs). Available immediately from leading retail and e-tail outlets worldwide are:

  • The GeForce 7600 GS GPU—this NVIDIA® SLI™-Ready GPU delivers extreme high-definition (HD) gaming and home-theater quality HD video with silent operation for an incredible entertainment experience.
  • The GeForce 7300 LE GPU—previously available only to system builders, the GeForce 7300 LE boasts the video and gaming features of today's most advanced GPUs and delivers stunning, HD video—up to 1080i resolution—and ultra-realistic gaming effects at mainstream price points without compromising performance.

GeForce 7300 LE GPU

"NVIDIA GPUs have long been praised in the enthusiast community and by gamers for excellent 3D performance and exceptional HD video playback," said Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at NVIDIA. "The same characteristics that make so many gamers select NVIDIA GPUs will greatly benefit mainstream customers when Microsoft® Windows® Vista arrives —and these new GPUs deliver the same enthusiast–class features at very affordable prices."

"Our sales data indicates that the GeForce 7 Series graphics architecture is preferred by our customers, and GeForce 7600 GS fills in the only remaining hole in the incredibly-strong GeForce 7 product line-up from NVIDIA," said Howard Tong, vice president at Newegg.com. "The price band of $129 to $149 is immensely popular among our customers, so a product based on the highly-regarded GeForce 7 Series architecture in this price range is sure to be in very high demand."

Boasting the renowned GeForce 7 Series features, these new GPUs deliver advanced technologies including:

  • 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 potentiali.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Some of the world's leading add-in card partners are 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.

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

About NVIDIA
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 7600 GS and GeForce 7300 LE GPUs, anticipated availability of the new GPUs, demand for our new GPUs, Microsoft Windows Vista, and add-in partners offering the new GPUs 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, 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-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2006. 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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