NVIDIA Delivers Massive Performance Boost to Linux Gaming

Tue Nov 6, 2012 9:00am EST

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  SANTA CLARA, CA, Nov 06 (Marketwire) -- 
NVIDIA today announced the latest NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) drivers -- R310 --
double the performance(1) and dramatically reduce game loading times for
those gaming on the Linux operating system. 

    The result of almost a year of development by NVIDIA, Valve and other
game developers, the new GeForce R310 drivers are designed to give
GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience --
and showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source
operating system. 

    Available for download at www.geforce.com, the new R310 drivers were also
thoroughly tested with Steam for Linux, the extension of Valve's
phenomenally popular Steam gaming platform that officially opened to
gamers starting today.

    "With this release, NVIDIA has managed to increase the overall gaming
performance under Linux," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing
at Valve. "NVIDIA took an unquestioned leadership position developing
R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely
unequalled solution for Linux gamers." 

    The R310 drivers support the newest GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs, which
have redefined gaming for desktop and notebook PCs by combining
revolutionary performance and gaming technology features with an
incredibly power-efficient design. Gamers with previous generation
GeForce GPUs, including the 8800 GT and above, are encouraged to download
these new drivers as well.

    For an up-to-date third-party listing of games and applications that are
currently in development for Linux, visit the Marlamin site. 

    For more information on how GeForce GTX GPUs are dramatically changing
the way games are played and experienced on Linux, visit www.geforce.com.
For more NVIDIA news, company and product information, videos, images and
other information, visit the NVIDIA newsroom. The NVIDIA Flickr page
hosts the entire lineup of GeForce product photos.

    About NVIDIA
 NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer
graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a
broad range of products from smartphones to supercomputers. NVIDIA's
mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment
systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds.
Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies
and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers
utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance
computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or
filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For
more information, see www.nvidia.com.

    (1) Comparing 304.51 driver performance of 142.7 fps versus 310.14 driver
performance of 301.4 fps in beta build of Left for Dead 2. All tests run
on the same system using Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8 GB
memory, GeForce GTX 680 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit.

    Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to,
statements as to: the impact and benefits of GeForce Drivers; and the
effects of the company's patents on modern computing are forward-looking
statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause
results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global
economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture,
assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological
development and competition; development of new products and technologies
or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market
acceptance of our products or our partners products; design,
manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or
demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of
performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems;
as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA
files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its
Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended July 29, 2012. Copies of reports
filed with the SEC are posted on the company's 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 required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update
these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or
circumstances.

    Copyright 2012 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the
NVIDIA logo and GeForce are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of
NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and
product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which
they are associated. Features, pricing, availability and specifications
are subject to change without notice.

    

For further information, contact:
Bryan Del Rizzo
NVIDIA Public Relations
(408) 486-2772
bdelrizzo@nvidia.com 

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