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Overall GPU shipments still down significantly year-over-year

John Peddie Research (JPR) has released its latest GPU shipment figures for the first quarter of 2009. The numbers are for the estimated number of graphics shipments and supplier market share. JPR says that these numbers are the leading indicator of the PC market since each PC sold has a GPU of some sort inside, though GPUs are used outside of the PC market as well.

JPR reports that during Q3 and Q4 2008, computer makers stopped buying GPUs in order to deplete inventory levels in preparation for a long recession. However, as inventories depleted the channel began to order GPUs again in Q1 2009. As a result of the renewed orders from the channel, NVIDIA and Intel are up for the quarter.

Whereas the growth rate for GPUs from Q4 2007 to Q1 in 2008 was -5.59%, the growth rate for Q4 2008 to Q1 2009 was 3.29%. When compared on a year-to-year basis the market still doesn't look good with shipments totaling 74.9 million units, a decline of 21.1% from the same quarter last year.

Despite an increase in orders across the category, AMD saw its market share decline during Q1 2009 from 14% in the previous quarter to 12.81% in Q1. A year ago, AMD held 17.67% of the GPU market. While AMD declines, its main rival NVIDIA grew its market share from 22.20% in Q4 2008 to 23.26% in Q1 2009.  Intel still owns the majority of the GPU market and grew its share of the category from 34.59% last quarter to 37.20% in Q1. However, year over year growth is still down for all GPU suppliers across the board.

JPR predicts that by Q3 2009 GPU orders will be back to the normal seasonality, but the market isn’t expected to reach the levels seen in 2008 until 2010. JPR maintains its prediction for an upturn in the PC market in Q3 and Q4. Intel has stated that it believes the computer industry has reached the bottom of the market.

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RE: Lies and Statistics
By StevoLincolnite on 4/29/2009 1:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
When I buy a Notebook, I always make sure I get a machine with the best Graphics possible, as the GPU would either be: Impossible/expensive to upgrade unless it had AXIOM/MXM support, even then you have different iterations on MXM due to different power and thermal requirements which will limit upgrade ability.

The CPU, Memory, HDD can usually all be upgraded/overclocked in a notebook hence I'm willing to skimp on those if I am on a budget and get the beefiest GPU and live with slower parts for awhile.

For example in 2004 I bought a notebook with a Mobility Radeon 9700 Pro, but it only came with 256mb of ram and a 1.4ghz Pentium M, I upgraded the memory to 1024mb, and overclocked the processor to 2ghz and it lasted for a good 4 years performance wise.

However my current notebook with an Intel x3100 despite being adequate to my needs, I really wish I got something with a bit more graphics horse power, however I was on a tight budget, newer games run poorly on it, and older games run poorly on it, even Direct X 7 games.

I intend to build a new rig in the next couple of months with a Phenom 2 and a Radeon 4830/4770/4850 which should handle my gaming needs for awhile.

The main issue with Intel IGP's is that there drivers plainly suck, AMD and nVidia are head and heels ahead of intel in that department, and because of the lack of decent drivers on Intels part there IGP performance and compatibility is all over the place, for Instance Doom 3 runs better all at maxed settings than it does on lowest settings.

RE: Lies and Statistics
By GodisanAtheist on 4/29/2009 3:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
Thats one of the reasons I'd really like to see DIY notebooks take off and a form factor standard really emerge in the notebook market.

When shopping for laptops, you tend to find a lot of computers with CPUs that are far too powerful for the GPUs that they're coupled with. As soon as you get to the so called "gaming computers" they're packed with so much ancillary crap that serves little purpose other than driving up the cost that the price leaves a bad taste.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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