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NVIDIA Heats Up QuakeCon 2003

GeForce FX 5900 Named “Official GPU” of QuakeCon 2003

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NVIDIA Corporation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DALLAS, TEXAS – AUGUST 7, 2003─NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that it is the title sponsor for QuakeCon 2003, the world’s definitive multiplayer tournament and PC gaming event.  In addition to being the title sponsor, the Company also announced that the NVIDIA GeForce™ FX 5900 Ultra graphics processing unit (GPU) has been named “official GPU of QuakeCon 2003” and will be used to showcase the highly-anticipated PC game, Doom 3™. 

"Every year QuakeCon delivers the hottest games running on the latest hardware, and this year is no different," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "QuakeCon attendees will be the first gamers in the world to experience the intensity of DOOM 3 multiplayer on NVIDIA’s unbelievably-fast GeForce FX 5900 Ultra. We expect they will be blown away."

In addition to providing the purse for the championship gaming tournaments, the Company will also be hosting a series of activities, including:

  • The NVIDIA “Build a PC” Challenge:   What can you do you with a box of computer parts in two hours?  NVIDIA is challenging gamers to strut their stuff in the ultimate “do-it-yourself” PC competition.  Contestants will be supplied with a box of parts and some tools; the rest is up to them.  Competitions will be held on Thursday, August 14 from 2-4 PM CST and Friday, August 15 from 5 -7 PM CST.
  • The NVIDIA Speedn Overclocking/Mod Contest:  Feel the need for speed?  This showcase of technical skill pits 100 of the best PC “tweakers” against each other for bragging rights and prizes.  Held on Saturday, August 16 beginning at 11 AM CST, the categories of competition include: Best Overall Performance, Most Overclocked System, Best Case Mod, Performance, and Best Case Mod - Aesthetics.  For more information about NVIDIA at QuakeCon, or to sign-up for this contest, log onto www.nvidia.com/nzone.
  • id Software Challenge:  The ultimate multiplayer gaming face off lets gamers take their shot at developers from id Software in Return to Castle Wolfenstein.  This one-time-only competition will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 1-4 PM CST. 
  • “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played” Game Zone:   Play some of the hottest PC games, such as Call of Duty, Quake 3 Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and more on the newest Alienware PCs powered by GeForce FX 5900 Ultra GPUs and AMD Athlon XP processors.
  • Free Grub:  Gaming is hard work.  NVIDIA is supplying the sustenance to keep QuakeCon gamers going with free pizza and soda on Thursday, August 13 at noon CST.

“QuakeCon is a showcase of the newest technologies as much as it’s a gaming tournament,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “This year’s event is one of the most exciting in QuakeCon history. With Doom 3 on the way and $125,000 up for grabs in the NVIDIA Championships at QuakeCon, NVIDIA couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the action.”

QuakeCon will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas, Texas from August 14-17, 2003.  For more information about NVIDIA at QuakeCon, or to sign-up for the NVIDIA Overclocking/Mod contest, log onto www.nvidia.com/nzone.

About QuakeCon
QuakeCon began in 1996 as a LAN party dedicated to fans of id Software's games, and has grown to include QUAKE®, QUAKE II™, QUAKE III Arena, QUAKE III: Team Arena™ and Return to Castle Wolfenstein™. It was created by gamers to commune with online friends in real life, meet the makers of the games they crave, talk shop with industry veterans and compete with the best players in the world. QuakeCon enjoys continued success, growing from a small gathering of 150 players in 1996 to more than 3,250 in 2002.
 
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.

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