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Foundation

Three people co-founded NVIDIA in 1993:

  • Jen-Hsun Huang (As of 2013 CEO), a Taiwanese-born American, previously Director of CoreWare at LSI Logic and a microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
  • Chris Malachowsky, an electrical engineer who worked at Sun Microsystems.
  • Curtis Priem, previously a senior staff engineer and graphics chip designer at Sun Microsystems.

Some early history

In the early years of PC gaming, everything was 2D, with good examples being Doom and Descent. This is were NVIDIA steps in. In the late 1990s, 3D acceleration video cards started to spring up, namely from NVIDIA and its then rivals NEC (PowerVR), 3dfx (Voodoo) and ATI (Rage).

NVIDIA's first product, the NV1, was a quadratic surface based card. The card was developed with a integrated sound card, and game ports for Sega Saturn's gamepads. Although the NV1 wasn't a complete success, it wasn't a failure at all, so NVIDIA continued expansion on the quadratic surface design, and dubbed it the NV2. NVIDIA's key supporter in its early years was Sega, which released several near arcade quality PC ports for the NV1 and NV2 cards, such as Virtua Fighter Remix and Virtua Cop.

In mid-design of the NV2, Microsoft released DirectX, a polygon based API (Application Programming Interfaces). This directly conflicted with NVIDIA's thoughts that quadratic surfaces were the way to go, and with the combination of this and Sega's abondoning of quadratic surface theory, NVIDIA switched game plans. This switch came with the introduction of the RIVA 128 and it's future brothers.

NVIDIA later goes on to develop the RIVA TNT, and then RIVA TNT2. With the success of these products nVidia took the next step, and aquired it's rival 3dfx (Voodoo Graphics). This wasn't the last step for NVIDIA, as they moved on the aquire other industry leading companies like ULi Electronics, and Ageia Technologies (AGEIA PhsyX).

With a revenue reaching as high as $4.1 Billion NVIDIA is going strong with it's production of Motherboard, Videocard, portable music player, and phsyics chips and chipsets. Now the leading developer in graphics card, and motherboard designs it's hard to see NVIDIA being taken down anytime soon.

Nvidia GeForce Series:

Desktop:

600 Series:

Reference CardCUDA CoresBase Clock (Mhz)Boost Clock (Mhz)Texture Fill Rate (Billion/sec)
GTX Titan2688837876187.5
GTX 69030729151019234
GTX 680153610061058128.8
GTX 6701344915980102.5
GTX 660 Ti1344915980102.5
GTX 660 (OEM)115282388879
GTX 660960680103378.4
GTX 650 Ti Boost768980103362.7
GTX 650 Ti768928n/a59.2
GTX 6503841058n/a33.9

500 Series:

Reference
card
Cuda
Cores
MemorySLIBUSWidthDirectX
GTX 59010243072MB GDDR5 768 bitsQuadPCIe 2.0Dual-slotDX 11
GTX 5805121536 MB GDDR5 384-bit2-way/3-wayPCIe 2.0 x16Dual-slotDX 11

400 Series:

Refence cardCUDA CoresMemorySLIBUSWidthDirectX
GTX 4804801536 MB GDDR5 384-bit2-way/3-wayPCI-e 2.0 x16Dual-slotDX 11
GTX 4704481280 MB GDDR5 320-bit2-way/3-wayPCI-e 2.0 x16Dual-slotDX 11
GTX 4653521024 MB GDDR5 256-bit2-way/3-wayPCI-e 2.0 x16Dual-slotDX 11

200 Series:

GTX 295 [240 stream processors (x2)] [896mb-GDDR3 (x2)] [448-bit (x2)] [SLI (2)]

GTX 285 [240 stream processors] [1024mb-GDDR3] [512-bit] [SLI (3)]

GTX 280 [240 stream processors] [1024mb-GDDR3] [512-bit] [SLI (3)]

GTX 275 [240 stream processors] [896mb-GDDR3] [448-bit] [SLI (3)]

GTX 260 [216 or 192 stream processors] [896mb-GDDR3] [448-bit] [SLI (3)]

GTS 250 [128 stream processors] [1024 or 512mb-GDDR3] [256-bit] [SLI (3)]

9 Series:

9800 GX2 [128 stream processors (x2)] [512mb-GDDR3 (x2)] [256-bit (x2)] [SLI (2)]

9800 GTX [128 stream processors] [1024 or 512mb-GDDR3] [256-bit] [SLI (3)]

9800 GTX [128 stream processors] [1024 or 512mb-GDDR3] [256-bit] [SLI (3)]

9800 GTS [128 stream processors] [512mb-GDDR3] [256-bit] [SLI (3)]

9800 GT [128 stream processors] [1024 or 512mb-GDDR3] [256-bit] [SLI (2)]

9600 GT

9500 GT

8 Series:

8800 ULTRA [128 stream processors] [768mb-GDDR3] [384-bit] [SLI (3)]

8800 GTX [128 stream processors] [768mb-GDDR3] [384-bit] [SLI (2)]

8800 GTS [128 stream processors] [512 or 640 or 320 mb-GDDR3] [512 or 320-bit] [SLI (2)]

8800 GT

8800 GS

8600 GTS

8600 GT

8600 GS

8500 GT

8400 GS

8300 GS7 Series:

7950 GX2

7950 GT

7900 GX2

7900 GTO

7900 GTX

7900 GT

7900 GS

7800 GTX

7800 GT

7800 GS

7600 GT

7600 GS

7500 LE

7300 GT

7300 GS

7200 LE

7300 SE

7200 GS

7100 GS

6 Series:

6800 Ultra

6800 GT

6800 GS

6800

6800 XT

6800 XE

6800 LE

6800 GTO

6600 GT

6600

6600 LE

6500

6200

6200 (TurboCache)

6200 LE

6100

6150

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