NVIDIA unleashes the GeForce 7800

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If you haven't seen the plethora of previews today and news announcements, let me be the first to let you know that NVIDIA has launched the GeForce 7800. From the reports, it looks to be freakin' fast.
NVIDIA Announces High-Volume Worldwide Availability of the New GeForceâ„¢ 7800 GTX GPU


SANTA CLARA, CA—JUNE 22, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced immediate availability of the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU).

Starting today, consumers can purchase the highly-anticipated GeForce 7800 GTX GPU from the world’s leading add-in card manufacturers at online retailers. In addition, an unprecedented number of PC OEMS and system builders have announced plans to build systems around the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 models of GPUs.

“We've never had such widespread volume availability of a GPU on launch day,” stated Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. “Frankly, this breakthrough in availability is as significant as the breakthrough the GeForce 7800 GTX GPU makes in performance.”

“We have been shipping GeForce 7800 GTX GPU-based graphics boards to our retail partners for several weeks in order to assure that they will be in stock and for sale today—the day NVIDIA announced,” said Eddie Memon, vice president at XFX. “Our customers love real product launches, and we are sure the reaction of end users will be extremely positive.”

“Alienware’s customers demand the best components available, and the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GPU takes its place at the top of their wish list,” said Robert Lusk, vice president of sales and marketing at Alienware. “I don’t think we have ever seen a new high-end GPU debut with immediate availability!”

System builders, add-in card manufacturers, and retailers are offering lightning-fast performance by leveraging the combined power of dual GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs through NVIDIA SLIâ„¢ technology.

“When I saw how fast the GeForce 7800 GTX GPU was, I was floored. I was even more amazed when I plugged in a second card and ran the pair in SLI mode and saw the performance go even higher,” enthused Randy Copeland, president and CEO of Velocity Micro.

About the GeForce 7800 GTX GPU
Announced earlier today, the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GPU represents a culmination of groundbreaking visual effects technologies, including support for NVIDIA SLI™ technology, NVIDIA PureVideo™ technology, Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0, advanced antialiasing algorithms, and much more. In addition, an all new NVIDIA CineFX™ 4.0 engine delivers unparalleled horsepower with twice the floating point shading power of the previous generation products. Raising the bar for performance, visual effects, image quality, and video functionality, the GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs power an extreme PC experience.

For details on where to buy GeForce 7800 GTX-based graphics cards and systems, visit the NVIDIA Web site at http://www.nvidia.com/page/7800_partners.html.

NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company’s products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,100 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs, worldwide availability, OEM and system builder plans to build systems around the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs, online availability, design wins and predictions about the back to school OEM design cycle in this segment 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, acceptance of new products and technologies by our customers and the high-end PC market, development of new technologies, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, manufacturing or software defects, reliance on third-party manufacturers and assembly, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the semiconductor industry, changes in industry standards and interfaces, and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the period ended May 1, 2005. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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