THE ULTIMATE GAMING PLATFORM
NVIDIA-based Media Center PCs and notebooks not only deliver a complete
digital entertainment solution, but also provide the ultimate gaming platform,
so you can play your game the way it’s meant to be played.
HARDWARE SUPPORT TO PLAY THE HOTTEST
GAMES
Built on the foundation of GeForce FX and
GeForce FX Go GPUs, the NVIDIA Media Center
Product Suite delivers Microsoft DirectX® 9.0class hardware to drive next-generation 3D
games and applications. Powered by the
NVIDIA® CineFX™ engine, GeForce FX and
GeForce FX Go GPUs enable cinematic effects
beyond imagination—at unmatched speeds and
resolutions—taking your graphics experiences
to a new level.
NVIDIA FORCEWARE UNIFIED DRIVER
ARCHITECTURE
The ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
—a single driver architecture for all NVIDIA
products—ensures industry-leading
compatibility, reliability, and performance with
the hottest games. In addition, ForceWare’s
continuous performance and feature upgrades
mean that your Media Center PC or notebook
powered by GeForce FX, GeForce FX Go, and
NVIDIA nForce2 deliver the ultimate gaming
platform.
IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND
With an NVIDIA nForce2-based Media Center PC
featuring NVIDIA SoundStorm audio you get an
immersive gaming experience. Hear the roar of
a Formula One racing car or the footsteps of
your enemy creeping up behind you in Dolby
Digital 5.1 surround sound.
Imagine all your digital media—TV, pictures, home movies, music—all in one place, and
accessible from a single remote control. The Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center
Edition 2004 operating system combined with NVIDIA technology turns your home PC or
notebook into an entertainment center, making it the most exciting Windows-based
computer on the market today.
NVIDIA powers the Media Center experience by providing a comprehensive suite of
products including:
• NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing units (GPUs)
• NVIDIA GeForce FX Go mobile GPUs
• NVIDIA nForce™2 media and communications processors (MCPs)
• NVIDIA ForceWare™ software featuring custom Media Center controls
• NVIDIA MCE TV PCI tuner card
NVIDIA Media Center Product Suite
GAMING FEATURES
• GeForce FX, GeForce FX Go – DirectX 9.0 Support
• NVIDIA SoundStorm
• NVIDIA ForceWare UDA – Compatibility. Reliability.
Performance.
• The Way It’s Meant To Be Played Compatibility
NVIDIA is the technology provider of choice for Media Center Edition PCs and notebooks
—powering Media Center-based systems shipping today from companies such as ABS,
Alienware, CyberPower, Gateway, HP, iBuyPower, Toshiba, ViewSonic, and more. With an
NVIDIA–based Media Center system, users get stunning, high-quality video, immersive
audio, high-resolution photo quality, and the ultimate gaming platform. Combined with
NVIDIA’s proven Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) users are ensured compatibility,
stability, and reliability with all of today’s latest and greatest applications and peripherals.
THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE PLAYED
Powering the hottest games. Delivering stunning cinematic graphics:
There’s a good reason why NVIDIA is the platform of choice for PC gamers
worldwide. Look for the “NVIDIA ®: The way it’s meant to be played™”
seal on games and Media Center PCs and notebooks for the ultimate
“install-and-play” experience.
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Product Overview
March 2003 v04
NVIDIA Media Center
Product Suite
Powering the World’s Best Media Center PCs
AN IMMERSIVE AUDIO EXPERIENCE
Microsoft Media Center Edition makes it easy to organize and play digital music on your
home PC or notebook. With the NVIDIA Media Center Product Suite powering your Media
Center system, you can be sure that you won’t miss a beat of your favorite song or a
whispered line in a beloved film classic.
STUNNING, HIGH-QUALITY VIDEO
Leveraging powerful technology, NVIDIA has made investments in its Media Center
implementation to ensure the highest quality consumer viewing experience for television,
DVDs, and home movies.
DEDICATED HARDWARE FOR CRISP VIDEO QUALITY
CUSTOM MEDIA CENTER CONTROLS
The NVIDIA Media Center Product Suite features
hardware MPEG-2 encoding through the NVIDIA MCE TV
PCI tuner card. Unlike software encode-based solutions
that rely on the CPU, NVIDIA’s dedicated hardware
solution ensures uninterrupted quality of service for a
superior TV viewing experience. The combination of
integrated hardware decoders and a dedicated NVIDIA
video processing engine (VPE) in the GeForce FX and
GeForce FX Go GPUs delivers the highest quality DVD,
video, and display output available in the market today.
NVIDIA ForceWare provides custom settings for Media
Center systems. These settings allow users to control
the color scheme, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation,
gamma, and digital vibrance of live TV and DVDs all from
the simple-to-use Microsoft Media Center remote control.
EXTENDED COLOR SUPPORT DRIVERS
NVIDIA Media Center Product Suite
AUDIO FEATURES
• NVIDIA nForce2 S/PDIF Connector
• NVIDIA SoundStorm
• NVIDIA nForce2 USB 2.0 and FireWire Connectors
STUNNING DIGITAL AUDIO FOR MOVIES AND MUSIC
By plugging your home theater system into the S/PDIF
connector on an NVIDIA nForce2-based Media Center PC
featuring NVIDIA SoundStorm™ audio technology, you have
the ability to playback your favorite MP3 tunes or watch
DVDs in Dolby ® Digital 5.1 surround sound.
BUILT-IN CONNECTIVITY
NVIDIA nForce2-based Media Center PCs feature USB 2.0
and FireWire connections so you can quickly download your
favorite MP3 tunes to an external MP3 player.
HIGH-SPEED DIGITAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS
The NVIDIA Media Center Product Suite makes creating,
outputting, and viewing digital videos easy. With highspeed FireWire connectors, you can hook your NVIDIA
nForce2-based Media Center PC up to a digital video
camera to input footage for home video editing.
With extended color support drivers, NVIDIA ForceWare
delivers a full range of dynamic color, avoiding the loss
of blacks and whites that commonly occurs when
converting between video and standard computer
monitors. By offering the full spectrum of color, NVIDIA
color space conversion preserves the original color
fidelity of video information for a richer, truer viewing
experience.
NVIDIA Media Center
Product Suite
VIDEO FEATURES
• GeForce FX, GeForce FX Go VPE
and On-Chip MPEG-2 Decoding
• NVIDIA MCE TV – PCI Hardware
MPEG-2 Encode TV Tuner Board
• NVIDIA nForce2 FireWire
Connectors
• ForceWare Extended Color Support
Drivers
• ForceWare Custom Media Center
Control Settings
HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTO QUALITY
Microsoft Media Center Edition makes it a snap to organize, find, and view your
favorite pictures. With a long history of multimedia innovations, NVIDIA brings its
award-winning GeForce display architecture, NVIDIA nForce2 connectivity, and
Forceware software enhanced color controls to Media Center PCs for the highest
quality photo viewing.
AWARD-WINNING DISPLAY ARCHITECTURE
NVIDIA DIGITAL VIBRANCE CONTROL
Built on the award-winning GeForce display architecture,
GeForce FX and GeForce FX Go GPUs bring high-quality
RAMDACs to Media Center PCs for crisp image quality
and high-resolution photo presentations.
ForceWare features NVIDIA® Digital Vibrance Control™
technology with special color control settings so you
can adjust the levels of digital vibrance, brightness,
contrast, and gamma in your photos.
DIGITAL MEDIA DEVICE CONNECTIVITY
NVIDIA nForce2-based Media Center PCs feature USB
2.0 connectors to allow you to quickly hook up your
digital camera to easily access all of your pictures.
NVIDIA Media Center Product Suite
PHOTO FEATURES
• Award-Winning GeForce Display Architecture
• NVIDIA nForce2 USB 2.0 Connectors
• NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control
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