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Low cost and integrated GPUs gain the most in Q2

GPU sales are looked at as an indicator of how well the overall computer market is doing since all computers today ship with a GPU of some sort be it of the discrete or integrated variety. So far, 2009 has been a rough year for GPU makers.

Typically, GPU makers would be disappointed with no significant growth, but with the poor economy, it's a welcome change from the significant declines other quarters have seen. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has unveiled its latest numbers for the add-in GPU industry for Q2 2009. The numbers show that 16.81 million add-in units were shipped, up 3% from the previous quarter and down 15% from the same quarter in 2008.

Inventories had to be replenished over Q2 and JPR estimates that the replenishment at least shadowed consumption or was a bit higher. With the poor economy still hurting many consumers, sales in the GPU market moved downstream. Most of the growth in the GPU market was in the integrated segment with a 4% year-over-year increase in shipments for the quarter. Lower cost discrete cards also saw modest improvements according to JPR with higher cost discrete cards taking the worst the quarter had to offer.

The quarter was the first where AMD finally started to gain back some share from NVIDIA. JPR reports that AMD's unit share rose from 31% in Q1 to 35% in Q2 with NVIDIA seeing their share decline the same 4% to 64% overall. That means that AMD took every bit of its growth from NVIDIA's marketshare. NVIDIA and Intel GPU shipments did rebound slightly in Q1 2009.

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RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By BrandtTheMan on 8/26/2009 1:19:44 PM , Rating: 0
Simple...satisfaction of the quality in the product. I've never had a single issue in any of my nvidia cards....wish I could say the same with amd/ati.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By PhoetuS on 8/26/2009 1:39:16 PM , Rating: 5
I've never had a single issue in any of my nvidia cards....wish I could say the same with amd/ati.

The reverse is true as well. I have never had any problems with any of my ati/amd cards, however I have had serious issues with all my nvidia cards but one...

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By SpaceRanger on 8/26/2009 3:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. Bought an ATI 4890 1GB to replace my 8800 GTS and haven't regretted the decision at all. I believe ATI has a better product out there right now compared to nVidia. Of course this could (and probably will) change down the road, but we'll see...

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By MonkeyPaw on 8/26/2009 6:57:54 PM , Rating: 3
Also, nVidia has had a slew of reported issues on IGP chipsets and dedicated notebook graphics cards. Such problems lead OEMs to other product lines, and they go a long way towards public perception. I know I have avoided nVidia cards and chipsets because of these problems. That, and the fact that my last notebook had nVidia graphics and it was having all kinds of screen corruption problems.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By Sazar on 8/26/2009 2:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, it goes both ways :)

I've never had any issues with Vista on my AMD video card but the ridiculous and still present Nvidia BSOD error due to the Nvidia driver continues to hurt my otherwise brilliant 8800 GTS (g92) in my HTPC.

Haven't had an issue with Win 7, but just saying, anecdotal evidence with a sample size of 1 vs a widely present issue (as seen by number of people commenting on this on Nvidia themed forums around the web), doesn't imply one product is more or less problematic than the other :)

Besides the bsod issue, my nvidia card has been just as good as my amd card in terms of stability and usability.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By niva on 8/27/2009 12:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, I have the same issue with the same card. It's rare but usually once a month I do get a BSOD and a subsequent reboot seems to point the error happening somewhere in the NVIDIA drivers.

I bought NVIDIA due to much better linux support, I've never had any crashes on the same system in linux so this issue definitely seems to be windows related.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By MrDiSante on 8/26/2009 3:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
It all depends on your particular experience, neither one is perfect and NVidia has had its own share of issues.

My friend's XPS is pretty much unuseable for gaming because the 8600M overheats and causes graphical artifacts, shutdowns and BSODs. On the other hand my Studio is fine, although the 3450M is a lot less powerful.

Regardless, I can't say I've had any problems aside from minor driver issues with either, but I only buy new video cards every 3-4 years so my sample size is pretty small (1 Geforce and 2 Radeons not counting my Studio).

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By randomly on 8/26/2009 3:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't had any problems with ATI, but 3 Nvidia cards have died on me, and the built in Nvidia video on two dv2100 HP notebooks failed due to their solder bump manufacturing defects just outside warranty.
My patience with Nvidia has been exhausted, I'll stick with ATI for now.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By Omega215D on 8/27/2009 8:44:10 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, I have had several ATi cards since the Maxx days and nVidia cards since the TNT2. I must've been really lucky to only have had 1 card fail on me which was the Gainward Golden Sample Ti4200. My 7900GT, 8800GT, GTX260, 4850 and 4870 cards have been running great (sister's PC runs the ATi cards and my system runs the nVidia).

By elpresidente2075 on 8/26/2009 10:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, you got shot down. I agree with you, and will add that with the half dozen (integrated) ATi video chips I've used, all have been trouble in some way or another, be it not scaling properly on HDTV through HDMI at 1080p or utterly lacking in linux driver support or even struggling to attain stable driver support in Windows.

Contrasted with my experiences with a similar number of Nvidia add-in cards that has been wholly stellar, my opinion of ATi has tarnished somewhat. Granted, driver support has improved significantly over the past few years despite retaining the multiple process driver model, and their products have become significantly faster in the same timeframe. However it will take quite a compelling product to woo me away from an Nvidia product for my next purchase, something they failed to do even with the latest 4000-series of cards.

Though despite the graphics division, AMD for life!

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By chick0n on 8/27/2009 9:06:15 AM , Rating: 2
its both.

I had Nvidia AND ATi/AMD cards. from Low to top end.

Both had Quality issues before. Nvidia's massive recall? 5900FX garbage series? 185 Driver series random crashing issue? etc. ATI/AMD's Rage MAXX flip? Catalyst driver suit gave how many problems? etc.

so saying ATi got problems and not Nvidia simply means u dont know shit about video cards.

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