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NVIDIA Quadro4 Professional Graphics Family Sets New Spec Performance Records


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Susan Austin
NVIDIA Corporation


SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 3, 2002—Following the posting of the latest benchmark results from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s Graphics Performance Characterization (SPEC/GPC) group, NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that the newest NVIDIA Quadro®4 AGP 8X professional graphics solutions and the IBM® IntelliStation™ M Pro 6219 workstation surpassed all other platforms to achieve the highest performance on five of the six SPEC Viewperf™ 7.0 benchmark tests.  Additionally, this outstanding OpenGL® performance highly translates to application performance, where the NVIDIA and IBM solution outperformed the competition in several CAD and DCC SPECapcSM tests.  Overall, the NVIDIA Quadro4 family demonstrates an unmatched combination of application performance and graphics programmability, continuing its leadership position in the professional workstation graphics market.  All SPEC/GPC benchmark results can be found at  The latest benchmark results were posted on November 27, 2002.

“The NVIDIA Quadro4 solutions are ideal for today’s most demanding workstation applications,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “The latest SPEC results demonstrate our leading graphics performance and value, and are emphasized when teamed up with a premier system.  When you also consider the higher precision image quality and the overall engineering excellence that characterize the NVIDIA Quadro4 family, it’s clear that these solutions push applications to new levels.”

NVIDIA Quadro4 solutions outperformed the competition in five of the six SPEC Viewperf 7.0 test categories: 3ds max-01, DRV-08, DX-07, Light-05, and ProE-01.  NVIDIA Quadro4 solutions also achieved top overall composite scores in application performance, including SPECapc Pro/ENGINEER™ 2001, SPECapc 3ds max 4.2™, SPECapc SolidWorks2001Plus™ and SPECapc Unigraphics V17™.  The NVIDIA Quadro4 family demonstrated excellent price-performance across all SPECapc tests (measured as cost per composite).  The performance of the NVIDIA Quadro4 solution on the IBM IntelliStation M Pro 6219 platform underscores NVIDIA’s position as the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions.

The NVIDIA Quadro4 family, a top-to-bottom product line of workstation graphics solutions, combines the industry’s highest performance with the most complete graphics feature set and unprecedented values.  The NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL series perfectly suits computer-aided design and digital content creation, while the NVIDIA Quadro4 NVS series of multi-display solutions optimally accelerates professional 2D applications in financial services and Non-Linear Video Editing (NLE) markets.  The newest NVIDIA Quadro4 solutions, based on the Intel® AGP 3.0 specification, extend the family with AGP 8X capabilities and achieve significant performance improvements.  The recently announced platforms include the NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL, the NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL, the NVIDIA Quadro4 380 XGL, and the NVIDIA Quadro4 280 NVS.

The complete family of NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics solutions, including the newest AGP 8X boards, are available from Leadtek in Asia; PNY Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and Europe; and Technology Joint Corporation/ELSA Japan in Japan.

NVIDIA Corporation, a market leader in visual computing technology, is 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 1,400 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

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