New NVIDIA GeForce(R) 8800 Ultra Enables World's Fastest Gaming Platform

May 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from NVIDIA Corporation

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
     News Facts:
     -- Today NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq:   NVDA) introduced the world's fastest
        graphics processing unit (GPU), the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra.
     -- The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra performs an average of between 10 and 15%
        faster(i) than the GeForce 8800 GTX GPU, previously considered the
        fastest GPU on the planet,(ii) across a wide range of top games and
     -- NVIDIA nForce(R) 680i SLI-based motherboards for Intel processors
        provide the fastest and most feature-rich platform for the GeForce 8800
        Ultra. NVIDIA refers to these systems as the "definitive gaming
     -- Consumers will be able to experience high-resolution, visually rich
        gaming and high-definition video playback with support for Blu-ray and
        HD DVD content.
     -- Definitive gaming platforms built with any nForce 600 Series
        motherboard are forward compatible with the new Intel processors with
        support for 1333FSB technology.
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     Product Facts:
     -- Graphics cards equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra GPU and
        768MB of video memory will be available at e-tailers and retailers
        worldwide by May 15th. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card launch
        partners include Asus, BFG, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte,
        Innovision, Leadtek, MSI, PNY, Point of View, Sparkle and XFX.
     -- Prices range from $829 and higher.
     -- GeForce 8 Series GPUs are the first shipping DirectX 10 GPUs and are
        the reference GPUs for Microsoft DirectX 10 API development.
     -- GeForce 8800 GPUs are the developer's platform of choice for this
        year's top DirectX 10 titles, including Lost Planet: Extreme Condition,
        Crysis, Age of Conan, Hellgate: London, Company of Heroes: Opposing
        Fronts, World in Conflict, BioShock, PT Boats, and Cryostasis.
     -- Developers creating next-generation OpenGL titles, such as Enemy
        Territory: Quake Wars are also using GeForce 8 Series as their
        development platform of choice.
     -- GeForce 8 Series GPUs include all required hardware functionality
        defined in the Microsoft Direct3D(R) 10 specification, with full
        support for the DirectX 10 unified shader instruction set and Shader
        Model 4 capabilities.
     -- DirectX 10 is included with Microsoft Windows Vista and delivers
        unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for
        games, all rendered in real-time on a GeForce 8 Series DirectX
        10-capable GPU.
     Attribute to Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at NVIDIA:
     "The definitive gaming platform is built around the fastest components
 available and today there is no disputing those components include the
 GeForce 8800 Ultra GPU and an NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-ready motherboard. The
 graphics industry evolves extremely quickly and it is quite an achievement
 when you can leapfrog your own performance milestones in succession like we
 have done with these GeForce 8 Series GPUs."
     Attribute to Glen Robson, general manager of Dell gaming products
     "Dell is deeply committed to designing PCs that cater to gamers' needs
 and desires and offering the latest and greatest GPUs is a key technology
 differentiator. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra GPUs deliver stunning performance
 gains today and support the key features that will facilitate an awesome
 visual experience on DirectX 10 titles."
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     Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to
 the benefits, impact, performance and features of GeForce 8800 Ultra
 graphics cards and Microsoft DirectX 10 and our goal 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, delays in ramping new
 products into production; software bugs; manufacturing defects; delays in
 manufacturing or delivery of products; developments of new products and
 technologies by competitors; unexpected loss of performance when system
 builders integrate NVIDIA products and technologies; continued acceptance
 and use of new technologies and products; the impact of competitive
 products and pricing alternatives; changes in industry standards and
 interfaces; 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 quarter ended October 29, 2006. 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
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 forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
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 to change without notice.
     (i)  Based on testing the GeForce 8800 Ultra and the GeForce 8800 GTX at a
          variety of resolutions from 1280x1024 up to 2560 x1600. The system
          used featured the Intel Conroe 2.93GHz CPU, C55+MCP55 chipset, and
          2048MB of RAM. Applications tested include 3DMark 2006, Battlefield
          2142, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 2, Doom3, FarCry v1.4 BETA, Prey,
          Quake 4, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Half-Life 2 Episode One, and
          Half-Life 2 Lost Coast. Maximum increase was 27.4%; minimum increase
          was .4%; average was 12.7%. Data is available up on request.
     (ii) "Expectedly the card is the fastest on the market and leaves all
          competitors far behind." ComputerBase Magazine. "Gamers who want the
          best want the GeForce 8800GTX hands down as it offers the best
          performance, features and supported gaming titles than anything on
          planet Earth." More can be found here: