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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 peebee on 8/26/2009 1:43:34 PM , Rating: -1
nVidia drivers might not be the best thing since sliced bread but AMD/ATI drivers are terribad.

That's why I buy nVidia.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By rudolphna on 8/26/2009 2:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I have always had much better luck with ATi drivers. Every NVIDIA card I had had crashing issues. Especially with Vista, in line with the massive numbers of BSODs related to NVIDIA drivers. For me, ATi drivers are excellent. Powercolor makes a decent card too, currently on a 4670 512 from them.

By StevoLincolnite on 8/26/2009 2:24:31 PM , Rating: 3
I actually like ATI's drivers, and whats better is using the NGOHQ/Omega drivers for ATI cards. (Although the Omega's need an update really badly).

Both nVidia and ATI have had a history of shoddy drivers at one stage or another (With the Radeon 8500 and earlier, ATI drivers plainly SUCKED, and nVidia's with it's early Vista drivers), but both companies have drivers that glisten in diamonds when compared to the likes of Intel/Matrox/SiS/S3.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By inighthawki on 8/26/2009 4:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
Ever since Vista's release i've seen nothing but problems from nvidia, and honestly ive never seen an issue with ati's drivers. granted im only one person but i think ur living 10 years in the past, ati's drivers are greatly improved...

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