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NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors Take PC Gaming to the Extreme


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NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors Take PC Gaming to the Extreme

New PCs Featuring nForce2 Platform Processors and AMD's Fastest CPUs Turn Desktop Computing into Digital Media Dreams

LONDON - OCTOBER 1st, 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 speeds enabled by the new AMD Athlon XP 2800+ processor with 333MHz frontside bus memory technology. Together, nForce2 and AMD Athlon XP processors deliver the fastest, most feature-rich computing platform, with speeds up to 25 percent faster over other motherboard solutions, for powering today's hottest PC games and digital media applications.

"nForce2 platform processors were designed with the feeds and speeds made possible by AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ and the faster 333MHz frontside bus," said Drew Henry, senior director of platform business at NVIDIA. "With the inclusion of the industry's only 128-bit dual DDR400 memory controllers, the combination of NVIDIA and AMD processor technologies 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 GeForce4 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 customised configurations harnessing the power of fast 8X AGP bus technology and today's fastest memory technologies, including DDR400 and DDR333 modules.

"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 O'Neill, Senior Product Manager for Alienware Corp. "NVIDIA's proven performance and reliability will help Alienware continue to provide the outstanding power and performance that our customers crave."

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.

"I'm amazed at what nForce2 can deliver," said Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest. "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."

nForce2 platform processors are available with motherboards from Abit, ASUSTeK, Chaintech, Epox, Leadtek, MSI, and Shuttle Computer. Additional companies will also be releasing nForce-based products and will be announced later this year.


NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment and education.

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