NVIDIA Starts Memory Certification Program For Chipsets

Subject: Memory | April 5, 2005 - 06:00 AM |
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NVIDIA has started what seems to be a memory certification program for memory modules to work perfectly on their new nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset motherboards.  You can read my review of this chipset today here


NVIDIA BRINGS LEADING-EDGE DDR2 MEMORY TO INTEL GAMERS


New NVIDIA Memory Program Helps Vendors Promote Special Overclocked Memory DIMMs in Retail Channels for Users of NVIDIA nForce®4 SLI™ Intel® Edition MCPs


SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 5, 2005—

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that Corsair Memory Inc., has been selected as the launch partner for the Company's new marketing program that will assist consumers in finding and purchasing the fastest DDR2 memory modules specifically tuned and tested for use with NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition-based PCs or motherboards. As part of this program, memory manufacturers—including Corsair—who develop special, high-performance DDR2 memory modules can have them validated and tested on the new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition media and communications processor (MCP) platform. If certified, vendors can use a special "recommended" badge in their retail packaging, advertisements, and other promotional collateral. Corsair's XMS2 high-performance DDR2 DIMMs are the first to earn this designation and as a result, Corsair will roll out a new marketing campaign along with new product packaging adorned with the special "Recommended for NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition" badge which will be available later this month in the retail channel.


"Corsair and NVIDIA share a common philosophy, and that is to enable our customers to build the sweetest, fastest, most outrageous gaming rigs possible," said John Beekley, Vice President of Application Engineering at Corsair. "NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCPs have been designed for performance, and we are thrilled to be bringing out a new line of very high speed, low latency DDR2 memory modules that will help deliver out-of-this-world performance for enthusiasts and gamers."


Memory modules submitted for validation and testing must surpass commodity JEDEC memory requirements and comply with minimal targeted performance levels, including 667MHz clock speeds with memory timings of 4-4-4-12-2T. Memory modules with more aggressive timings such as 3-2-2-8-1T are heartily encouraged. All validated products will be highlighted on www.nvidia.com , as well as the Company's enthusiast gaming site at www.nzone.com .


"We knew when we set out to design the world's most innovative technologies for Intel Pentium 4-based PCs and motherboards, we would have to help our customers select the right components to help build the fastest gaming platforms possible," said Drew Henry, general manager of MCP business at NVIDIA. "Corsair is recognized for delivering some of the world's fastest memory DIMMs, and our collaboration on this validation program for our new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCPs will help provide end-users with the foundation for building the fastest and most feature rich PC platform possible."


For more information on NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCPs, please visit the Company's Web site at www.nvidia.com .

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