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3DS MAX 6 Runs Up To 74% Faster With NVIDIA Quadro Graphics and MAXtreme 6


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3DS MAX 6 Runs Up To 74% Faster With NVIDIA Quadro Graphics and MAXtreme 6

NVIDIA MAXtreme 6 Accelerator Unleashes The Power of Discreet’s Award-Winning Visual Effects Software

LONDON — FEBRUARY 19th, 2004 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its MAXtreme 6 accelerator, a custom tool that dramatically increases the performance of Discreet 3ds max® 6 software on NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics solutions. In recent testing, MAXtreme 6 increased performance up to 74% over 3ds max 6 using the default OpenGL driver on Discreet’s internally developed and sanctioned benchmark, an appreciable difference even the untrained eye can detect[i]. This free, fully certified productivity boost to 3ds max 6 and NVIDIA Quadro users is now available on the NVIDIA website at //

“Over the years, NVIDIA has been a strong, committed partner to Discreet and the 3ds max user community,” said Chris Ford, animation product line manager at Discreet. “NVIDIA follows through on its promises of ‘value-added solutions.’ They put their development teams to work and, as a result of NVIDIA software development efforts, our joint customers will benefit tremendously from the added muscle MAXtreme brings to the table.”

Developed by NVIDIA using the 3ds max 6 SDK and source code provided by Discreet, MAXtreme 6 further enhances 3ds max 6 user productivity by allowing professionals to control the application’s viewport display quality and real-time rendering speed. MAXtreme 6 is supported on the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows XP operating systems and is optimised for use with the full line of NVIDIA Quadro-based graphics solutions.

About 3ds max

Discreet 3ds max software has the largest installed base in the 3D industry and is the preferred 3D software in the core production environment for UBI Soft, Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, HOK, Ellerbe Becket, Blur Studios, Frantic Films, Digital Dimensions — along with other leading design and entertainment firms. From the latest radical Burton snowboard designs and the first 3D design visualisation software used by the Frank Lloyd Wright® Taliesin® West School of Architecture, to the enthralling visual effects scenes found in The Last Samurai and interactive twists and turns found in the best-selling game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Microsoft Xbox, 3ds max continues its widespread popularity and leadership as the preferred 3D production solution of top artists and designers worldwide.

About Discreet

Discreet empowers media professionals to realise the visual experience and transform their vision into reality. Discreet's award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and delivery — across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, colour grading and editing to animation, game development and design visualisation. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management and distribution company.

[i] Benchmark system components: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000, 3.2GHz Pentium 4 CPU, Intel 875 Motherboard, 2GB PC3500 RAM, Windows 2000 sp4.

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