NVIDIA announced the immediate availability of NVIDIA® MAXtreme™ 9 D3D and POWERdraft 2007, new performance drivers, developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, for 3ds Max 9 software and AutoCAD 2007 software. Recent tests show MAXtreme 9 drivers increased performance up to 100% when coupled with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 graphics solution,i while POWERdraft 2007 running on Quadro FX 5500 graphics improved AutoCAD 2007 performance by as much as 73%.

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable
graphics processor technologies, today announced the immediate availability of
NVIDIA® MAXtreme™ 9 D3D and POWERdraft 2007, new performance drivers, developed
in close collaboration with Autodesk, for 3ds Max 9 software and AutoCAD 2007
software. Recent tests show MAXtreme 9 drivers increased performance up to 100%
when coupled with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 graphics solution,i while POWERdraft
2007 running on Quadro FX 5500 graphics improved AutoCAD 2007 performance by as
much as 73%.ii

The MAXtreme 9 Direct3D performance driver enhances 3ds Max 9 user productivity
by allowing professionals to control the application’s viewport display quality
and real-time rendering speed. MAXtreme 9 is optimised for use with the full
line of NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics solutions supporting Microsoft® Windows®
2000/XP.

POWERdraft 2007, a performance driver for AutoCAD 2007, provides 3D hardware
acceleration for Quadro FX graphics solutions running under Windows 2000/XP,
replacing the existing driver for improved 3D hardware acceleration.

“NVIDIA continues to invest in digital content creation and is a strong partner
for Autodesk, as well as the AutoCAD and 3ds Max communities,” says Ken
Pimentel, senior product manager at Autodesk. “The new NVIDIA MAXtreme 9 and
POWERdraft 2007 drivers provide our joint customers with the performance muscle
they need to boost productivity in the creative pipeline.”

Benchmarking Performance
Recent performance tests on both MAXtreme 9 and POWERdraft 2007 drivers coupled
with NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 graphics delivered extraordinary performance
improvements over standard software drivers. When benchmarked using the SPECapc
particle test for 3ds Max, MAXtreme delivered a phenomenal 14X performance
increase, while the Scene Creation subcategory showed a performance improvement
of more than 100%. Overall, the 3ds Max graphics composite delivered a
performance improvement of more than 16%.i

POWERdraft 2007 tests using the Cadalyst06 benchmarks running on NVIDIA Quadro
FX 4500 and 3500 graphics solutions yielded substantial performance improvements
of more than 73% in the 3D Gouraud Index and a performance increase of 61% in
the 3D Wireframe Index. The total Cadalyst06 benchmark Index using POWERdraft
2007 reveals a 22% performance improvement over preloaded application drivers.ii

The NVIDIA MAXtreme 9 and POWERdraft 2007 performance drivers are currently
available as free downloads at the NVIDIA web site

http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp