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NVIDIA Creates the Ultimate Dream PC for Second Harvest Auction on eBay

 
 

All Proceeds from Auction to Benefit Second Harvest Food Bank’s Efforts to Fight Hunger

For further information, contact:

Bryan Del Rizzo 
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-2772
bdelrizzo@nvidia.com

Jenny Luciano
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
(408) 694-0044
jluciano@shfoodbank.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 20, 2003—In an effort to help feed the hungry this holiday season, NVIDIA Corporation, along with Advanced Micro Devices, Falcon Northwest, Logitech, Samsung Semiconductor Inc, and other generous partners, has created and built an extraordinarily fast, custom-designed gaming PC that will be auctioned off on eBay to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Bidding for the PC, which features special, ultra-high performance technology components, will commence on December 4, 2003 and run through December 13, 2003.

“Our goal at NVIDIA is to build products and technologies that touch people’s lives,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “I would like to thank our friends who have helped create this very special opportunity. With their generous support, we hope we can make a small difference this holiday season.”

The Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Food Drive Auction on eBay is a unique fundraising effort with the goal of raising $100,000 to benefit the hunger efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, which conducts the largest holiday food drive in the nation. Companies throughout Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula have come together to support this online auction by donating fun, extraordinary, and one-of-a kind items or experiences. Bidding on items will start on November 26, 2003 and run through December 14, 2003 at www.2ndharvest.net/auctions or www.ebay.com/secondharvest.

The NVIDIA Ultimate Dream PC features a “what’s what” of leading technology products, including a 10-layer, custom-painted, aluminum case provided by Falcon Northwest. This dream PC is outfitted with the most advanced components:

  • A special NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5950 Ultra graphics processing unit (GPU) running at overclocked frequencies.
  • A special, overclocked AMD Athlon® 64 FX 51 processor with an NVIDIA nForce3-based motherboard.
  • A Samsung SyncMaster™ 211MP 21-inch, high-resolution LCD/TV monitor.
  • A Logitech® Z-680 Dolby® Digital 5.1 speaker system.
  • A Logitech Cordless MX™ Duo keyboard, mouse, and gaming controllers, including a 2.4GHz cordless joystick, Cordless RumblePad™ gamepad, and Momo® Racing Force Feedback Wheel.
  • Four Hitachi 7K2 250GB hard drives for a total of one terabyte of storage capacity.

“This is just one more way that the high-tech community is demonstrating its generosity. We are proud to be partnering with NVIDIA and raising hunger awareness with the gaming community.  The value of this computer would provide the equivalent of 32,000 meals to our hungry friends and neighbors, which is a very generous gift,” said Second Harvest Executive Director, David A. Sandretto.

The winning bidder will also receive a cornucopia of this year’s hottest PC games, including: Call of Duty, Command &Conquer: Generals, Halo PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Madden NFL 2004, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, NBA Live 2004, NASCAR Thunder 2004, Star Wars: An Empire Divided, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, Tron 2.0, Unreal Tournament 2003, and more.

In addition, the winning bidder will receive five hours of a personal “gaming tutorial” by a member of the NVIDIA-sponsored professional PC gaming team, Team 3D. Recently, Team 3D took second place in the World Cyber Games Championship (WCG) in Seoul, Korea.

The retail cost of the PC could be estimated at $16,000, if standard processors were used instead of the specially selected ultra-high performance parts provided by NVIDIA and AMD. It is hoped that the winning bid for the PC—which is signed by NVIDIA and AMD presidents Jen-Hsun Huang and Hector Ruiz respectively—will be enough to feed more than 32,000 people this holiday season.

For more information on the auction, or to place a bid, please visit www.ebay.com/secondharvest or www.nvidia.com/object/2ndharvest.html.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is a private non-profit organization that collects and distributes more than 27 million pounds of food each year to low-income children, adults, and seniors. The Food Bank currently serves an average of 165,000 individuals each month; nearly 60% are families with dependent children.

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 1,700 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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