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NVIDIA's 3D Processor Sweeps PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award for Second Year in a Row; Creative's Graphics Blaster TNT and Gateway's G6-450 Receive Industry's Top Honor.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 1998--NVIDIA(tm) Corporation announced today that it's award-winning RIVA TNT(tm) 3D processor enabled two industry leaders to achieve excellence by winning PC Magazine's coveted Editors' Choice Awards.

Gateway 2000 and their G6-450, featuring the RIVA TNT-based Velocity 4400 from STB, was awarded Editors' Choice in the professional systems category, and the RIVA TNT-based Graphics Blaster TNT from Creative Labs was presented the Editors' Choice award in the enthusiast graphics accelerator category.

The RIVA TNT distanced itself from the competition through its quality features, such as support for AGP Texturing and 32-bit color mode, and achieving the highest 3D and 2D performance scores at 1280 x 1024 resolution. The awards were presented in PC Magazine's Issue No. 21, dated Dec. 1, 1998. PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award is regarded as the highest honor in the PC industry.

"These awards prove that the RIVA TNT offers the highest performance and most stunning visuals of any graphics processor," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "At NVIDIA, we internalize the significance of this award for our customers' success. Winning the coveted Editors' Choice Award for the second time in two years is a testament to NVIDIA's role as the supplier of choice for the award-winning PC system OEMs and add-in card manufacturers."

As reported in the latest issue of PC Magazine the NVIDIA RIVA TNT chip not only "passed the highest number of 3D quality tests," but it also "powered some of the fastest accelerators in this round up and is the current 2D and 3D speed leader." The article also stated "if you're a PC enthusiast looking for the best 3-D acceleration available in an integrated 2-D/3-D card, check out our Editor's Choice for the enthusiast...Its NVIDIA's RIVA TNT chip lets it deliver top-tier 2-D and 3-D performance."

Also, the Diamond Viper V550 was worthy of an honorable mention. As was the Dell Dimension XPS R450 and the Micron Millennia 450 MAX in the Professional PC Testing. All of these systems feature NVIDIA's RIVA TNT 3D processor.

About Gateway

Gateway (NYSE:GTW), a Fortune 500 company founded in 1985, is a leading global direct marketer of PC products. The company, headquartered in North Sioux City, South Dakota, has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Ireland and Malaysia and employs over 12,000 people worldwide. Gateway products and services consistently win top awards from leading industry publications. Revenue for the first nine months of 1997 was $4.3 billion. For further information visit www.gateway.com

About Creative Technology

Creative Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets a wide array of advanced multimedia solutions for the PC, entertainment, education, music and productivity tools markets. Creative's products are marketed through the OEM, systems integrator and retail channels under a variety of trademarks, including the "Blaster" family name. Sound Blaster(R) has become the multimedia industry's de facto audio standard.

Sound Blaster is an audio platform consisting of a sound card or chipset, software drivers and bundled software applications that enable PCs to produce high quality audio. Creative's corporate headquarters and primary manufacturing are based in Singapore, with sales, distribution and research and development being carried out through an extensive, global network of subsidiaries located in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

NVIDIA RIVA Family

NVIDIA's RIVA family of 3D processors, the RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX and the RIVA TNT are 128-bit 3D processors which deliver a new level of performance to the mainstream PC market. By leveraging NVIDIA's graphics technology and massive gate counts, the RIVA processor family is designed to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration all in single chip iterations. The RIVA processors are optimized for both Direct3D and OpenGL.

NVIDIA Corporation

NVIDIA Corporation designs, develops, markets and sells high-performance 3D processors for personal computers. New corporate headquarters are in California: NVIDIA Corporation, 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, CA 95051. 408/615-2500. http://www.nvidia.com.

Editor Notes: Please note that the recommended way of writing NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, RIVA TNT is all CAPITALS. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo and RIVA TNT are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. RIVA, RIVA 128 and RIVA 128ZX are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation and SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics. Other notations of (TM) and (R) are trademarks of their respective firm.
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