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NVIDIA Continues To Lead Windows 7 Readiness

NVIDIA is the First Hardware Vendor to Release Windows 7 WHQL Certified Drivers for All PC Platforms; Complete Line of NVIDIA ION, GeForce and Quadro Products Supported

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 7, 2009—Windows 7 will mark a dramatic improvement in the way the Windows operating system takes advantage of the graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide a more compelling user experience. And so, in conjunction with the release candidate of Windows 7, NVIDIA announced that it is the first hardware vendor to release a new Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)-certified graphics driver for PC desktops and notebooks, offering all of the latest NVIDIA exclusive performance, features, and technology for its ION®, GeForce® and Quadro® products..

Anandtech’s Ryan Smith and Gary Key put the new driver through a full test and reported that “NVIDIA promised performance gains with Windows 7 over Vista and they delivered.” They went on to add “…performance was rock solid and the compatibility/stability aspects of the driver far exceeded our expectations… they pretty much nailed their first full driver set for Windows 7 with all features working.” As a result, Anandtech asserted that “Windows 7 will be a very solid gaming platform.”i

By taking advantage of the GPU for both graphics rendering and parallel computing, Windows 7 with DirectCompute will not only ensure that greater clarity and focus are inherent in the look, feel, and functionality of the desktop experience, but it will also provide the speed and responsiveness to delight customers.

“Windows 7 users now have the absolute latest in performance and support for features including SLI, PhysX, 3D Vision, and DirectCompute,” said Dwight Diercks, vice president of software engineering at NVIDIA. “For gaming, video transcoding, and an overall better computing experience on Windows 7, users now have the peace of mind knowing that we have the official Microsoft WHQL stamp of approval.”

Version 185.85 WHQL drivers support Microsoft’s new Windows 7 display driver model WDDM v1.1. Powered by NVIDIA’s DirectX 10 GPUs, WDDM v1.1 drivers provide a premium visual experience in Windows 7.

To download the new Windows 7 WHQL drivers for NVIDIA GPUs, please visit: http://www.nvidia.com/drivers. For more information on Windows 7 and the release candidate, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows7.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce® products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla™ products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the benefits, features, impact, and capabilities NVIDIA GeForce GPUs and Windows 7; are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: development of more efficient or faster technology; adoption of the CPU for parallel processing; design, manufacturing or software defects; the impact of technological development and competition; changes in consumer preferences and demands; customer adoption of different standards or our competitor's products; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended October 26, 2008. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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iStory posted May 5, 2009 at http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=3557&p=17


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