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Thursday, February 22, 2001
Official GeForce 3 PR
8:45 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

While the hype surrounding the Apple/Nvidia presentation continues, the official press release announcing the GeForce 3 to the world is now available. It covers the card's features, noting many times the Mac-specific enhancements being made. A new page on Nvidia's site has also been posted with a little more information. Here's the PR in full:

NVIDIA Introduces GeForce3 -- Breaks New Ground in the Quest for Real-Time Cinematic Graphics; Industry's Most Advanced GPU to be Flagship Graphics for Apple's Power Mac G4 Line

Providing the catalyst for a new graphics revolution, NVIDIA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) today introduced the world's most advanced graphics processor, the GeForce3TM GPU for the Macintosh(R) platform at Macworld Expo Tokyo 2001.
   Powered by the new NVIDIA nfiniteFX(TM) engine the new GeForce3 GPU enables users to experience a rich, interactive environment. 3D scenes have ambiance with GeForce3 because objects appear photo realistic and custom lighting heightens drama and emotion. Characters and living creatures have organic behavior and unique expressions -- their personality emerges. Programmability and performance are the catalysts for this graphics revolution.
   "This announcement comes just one month after the first NVIDIA-based Macintosh launch," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "We are excited to have the first public showing of GeForce3 at MacWorld Tokyo in Steve Jobs' keynote address. The combination of our new leading-edge technology with Apple's is going to send shock waves throughout the Macintosh community."

   In addition, GeForce3 is:

  • The first fully programmable GPU -- the nfiniteFX(TM) Pixel Shader processor and Vertex Shader processor give developers the ability to program a virtually infinite number of special effects and custom looks.
  • The first high-resolution antialiasing (HRAA) GPU, featuring NVIDIA's patented Quincunx AA mode, for high-resolution, high-quality, high-performance multisampling capabilities.
  • A platform for advanced transform and lighting features, enabling more complex, visually exciting objects and scenes.
  • OpenGL(R) 1.2 compatible.
  • Available in 64MB DDR SDRAM configuration that supports both the innovative Apple(R) Display Connector and the industry standard VGA connection.

        Sophisticated Processing Technology

        The GeForce3 is the world's most advanced GPU with more than 57 million transistors and the ability to perform more than 800 billion operations per second and 76 billion floating point operations per second (FLOPS). The GeForce3 GPU achieves an astounding 3.2 billion antialiased samples per second fill rate -- more than four times theperformance of the award-winning GeForce2 Ultra and more than seven times the processing power of any competitive consumer graphics product. As do all of the GeForce family products, GeForce3 drives the most extreme resolutions and color depths of up to 2048x1536x32.

        Geforce3 graphics on the Power MacTM G4 will be available next month as a configure-to-order (CTO) option at the Apple Store ( and through Apple resellers.

  • As you're likely heard, the card comes with a $600 price tag if ordered seperately from the Apple Store's Accessories page. When bundled with a high-end G4, it's only $350 more than a GeForce 2 MX or Radeon. We'll keep you updated as the cards actually begin to ship in the next month or two, and any benchmarks that might come to light.

    Nvidia GeForce3 Web Site

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