NVIDIA

NVIDIA nForce2 Engineered to Deliver Outstanding Performance for AMD Athlon CPUs

Pairing of NVIDIA’s nForce2 DualDDR Memory Architecture and AMD’s Fast 333MHz Frontside Bus Results in Ultimate Gaming Platform

For further information, contact:

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

For Immediate Release:

SANTA CLARA, CA--OCTOBER 1, 2002--NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that its NVIDIA® nForce(TM)2 platform processors are primed and ready to take advantage of the increased performance enabled by the new AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2800+ and 2700+ processors with 333MHz frontside bus memory technology.  Together, nForce2 and AMD Athlon XP processors deliver amazing performance and an incredibly feature-rich computing platform for powering today’s hottest PC games and digital media applications.

"nForce2 platform processors were architected to deliver outstanding performance for AMD’s new Athlon XP 2800+ and 2700+ processors with the faster 333MHz frontside bus," said Drew Henry, senior director of platform business at NVIDIA.  "The inclusion of the industry’s only 128-bit dual channel DDR400 memory controllers will prove alluring to anyone looking for a fast, stable, efficient PC platform for all of their gaming, business, and digital media applications."

Designed to bring new levels of functionality and performance to the AMD processor-based desktop PC market, nForce2 offers a broad range of configuration options based on two architectures:  the graphics motherboard and performance motherboard.  nForce2-based graphics motherboards harness the power of NVIDIA’s GeForce(TM)4 MX external add-in cards and incorporate them with the system, memory, and digital media features found only in nForce2-based advanced motherboard solutions.  Performance motherboards offer the same awesome system and memory performance, and allow system builders to offer customized external graphics configurations harnessing the power of fast 8X AGP bus technology, and today’s fastest memory technologies, including DDR400 and DDR333 modules.

"I'm amazed at what nForce2 and the AMD Athlon XP 2800+ can deliver," said Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest.  "Based on our analysis, it’s delivering better performance with DDR333 than equivalent 1066 RDRAM based systems--and at a considerable cost savings.  Teamed with the fastest Athlon XP processors to date, nForce2 and Athlon XP is dollar-for-dollar the best gaming platform on the market, and we look forward to building blazing fast systems around these innovative and impressive technologies."

For PC gamers, nForce2-based graphics motherboards offer a feature-rich, high-performance platform for powering today and tomorrow’s 3D games.  With GeForce4 MX graphics at its core, games played on nForce2 PCs deliver crisp 3D graphics, immersive surround sound audio and advanced networking technology for no-lag gaming.  In addition, the inclusion of an AGP 8X expansion bus guarantees a constant upgrade path for the industry’s fastest external add-in cards, for even more top-of-the-line graphics processing power.

"We are excited to offer our customers the option to configure their systems with NVIDIA nForce2-based motherboards and AMD Athlon XP processors," said Kevin Wasielewski, Vice President of Marketing for Alienware Corp. "NVIDIA’s proven performance and reliability will help Alienware continue to provide the outstanding power and performance that our customers crave."

nForce2-based motherboards are expected to become available this month from leading motherboard companies, including Abit, ASUSTeK, Chaintech, Epox, Leadtek, MSI, and Shuttle Computer.  Additional companies will also be releasing nForce2-based products and will be announced later this year.

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 games consoles.  NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,400 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including the 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.

# # #

Copyright © 2002 NVIDIA Corporation.  All rights reserved.  All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.  Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on NVIDIA, please visit the NVIDIA Press Room at http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=press_room.