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3Dlabs' New Oxygen GVX1 Board Delivers Outstanding Performance in SPEC/APC Workstation Benchmarks.

New Generation Oxygen GVX1 Significantly Outperforms Competitive Sub-$1000

Cards; MaxVision Delivers Industry's Best Pro/ENGINEER Price/Performance

With Oxygen GVX1

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Dlabs(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: TDDD) today announced that the new Oxygen(R) GVX1 workstation graphics accelerator delivered outstanding performance in the latest SPEC/APC workstation application benchmarks. The Oxygen GVX1 and the MaxVision Symbion Max5200 outperformed all other systems with graphics cards costing under $1,000 in the SolidWorks 98Plus benchmark and delivered the industry's lowest price/performance for the Pro/E V20 benchmark.

When measured in a MaxVision Symbion Max5200 with an Intel Pentium III Xeon 550MHz processor, the Oxygen GVX1 delivered a SPEC/APC Pro/E 20 V20 benchmark overall composite score of 3.72 and a $/composite of $1,507. This compares to the Diamond Fire GL1 in a Dell Precision Workstation 610 with an Intel Pentium III Xeon 550MHz processor with an overall composite score of 2.44 and a $/composite of $1,778. The Oxygen GVX1 also delivered 99% of the performance of the more expensive Intense 3D Pro Wildcat 4000 graphics accelerator in the Dell 610 -- which delivered a score of 3.77 and $/composite of $1,809.

In the SPEC/APC SolidWorks 98Plus benchmark, the Oxygen GVX1 in the MaxVision system delivered an overall composite score of 2.5 and a $/composite of $2,054. This compares to the Diamond Fire GL1 in the Dell Precision Workstation 610 with an overall composite score of 2.11 and a $/composite of $2,056. The Oxygen GVX1 also delivered 98% of the performance of the more expensive Intense 3D Pro Wildcat 4000 graphics accelerator in the Dell 610 -- which delivered a score of 2.56 and $/composite of $2,515.

The full set of benchmark results can be viewed at the SPEC Web site at


"MaxVision has many years' experience in designing and manufacturing complete workstation solutions aimed at serious graphics users, and the latest generation of Oxygen workstation graphics from 3Dlabs is phenomenal," said Bruce Imsand, president of MaxVision. "By integrating the power of the Oxygen GVX1, we are able to deliver the Symbion Max5200 with industry-leading performance and excellent display and rendering quality."

"The Oxygen GVX1 is engineered to bring the high-end performance of accelerated geometry to a sub-$1,000 price point and it's satisfying to see the results of that effort reflected in the latest industry benchmarks," said Neil Trevett, vice president of marketing at 3Dlabs. "Our philosophy is to build products that deliver the best possible real-world productivity. The SPEC/APC benchmarks measure actual MCAD applications and so these results underscore the outstanding value and performance of Oxygen GVX1."

About Oxygen GVX1

Oxygen GVX1 is the industry's first workstation graphics board to bring the heavy-duty power of geometry acceleration below $1,000 by integrating 3Dlabs' GLINT R3 and GLINT Gamma G1 workstation rasterization and geometry processors on a single AGP board. Oxygen GVX1 boosts the productivity of design professionals with best-of-class 2D and 3D performance and innovative technology including Virtual Textures.

Oxygen GVX1 ships with 3Dlabs' new-generation Pentium III-optimized, multi-threaded PowerThreads SSE OpenGL(R) drivers and delivers a dual bilinear mip-map textured fill-rate of 230Mtexels/sec and 115 million texture-mapped pixels per second with full per-pixel tri-linear mip-mapping, or eight-way filtered 3D volumetric texturing. Oxygen GVX1's highly optimized pipeline displays 4.75 million fully transformed and lit polygons per second.

Oxygen GVX1's Virtual Texture capability enables the use of up to 256MB of main system memory as a large virtual texture store. Virtual Textures breaks through the limit of on-board graphics memory and work transparently with any application. Oxygen GVX1 uses the 32MB of physical on-board memory to store the framebuffer and Z buffer and then allocates the remainder as a large, hardware maintained, highly efficient L2 virtual texture cache. This unique scheme provides the advantages of unified texture memory, but is implemented in a standard AGP or PCI system.

More information on the Oxygen GVX1 can be found on 3Dlabs' Web site at

About 3Dlabs

Founded in 1994, 3Dlabs is a leading supplier of integrated hardware and software graphics accelerator solutions for workstations and design professionals. 3Dlabs develops silicon, boards and software drivers to create products that effectively meet the performance and quality needs of users who rely on graphics for their productivity. 3Dlabs sells its award-winning Oxygen(TM) and Permedia(R) products to leading PC OEMs, through an international distributor and reseller network and directly to end-users on 3Dlabs' online store.

Companies using 3Dlabs' graphics processors or boards in their systems include Compaq, Dell, Everex, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, MaxVision, NEC, and Siemens-Nixdorf. For more information on 3Dlabs and their products, please visit our Web site at

Forward Looking Statement

Various matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to the expected performance characteristics, specifications, and market position of the Oxygen GVX1 are forward-looking statements. The results obtained through the SPEC/ OPC benchmarks may bear no relationship to performance obtained while using the actual products in the same or different machines and actual results may differ. The performance of the GVX1 in these benchmarks is no assurance that the Company will achieve sales of this or other products. Actual results may differ due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, 3Dlabs' ability to manufacture, produce and deliver the Oxygen GVX1 product in a timely, cost-effective and commercially-viable manner; the ability of 3Dlabs to obtain and keep design wins for this products; the ability of Oxygen GVX1 product to adequately meet the price/performance requirements of its customers; the ability of this and future products to continue to achieve competitive industry benchmarks; the ability of 3Dlabs to develop adequate distribution channels for Oxygen GVX1, as well as all of its products; the ability of the Company to sell Oxygen GVX1 and all of its products through its on-line store; the ability of the Company's distributors and value-added resellers to sell products incorporating the Company's Oxygen GVX1 products; the impact and pricing of competitive products; the introduction of alternative technological advances and other risks detailed from time-to-time in 3Dlabs' SEC reports.

NOTE: 3Dlabs, GLINT and Oxygen are either trademarks or registered trademarks of 3Dlabs, Inc and/or 3Dlabs, Inc. Ltd. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. All other trademarks are acknowledged and recognized.
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