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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 RjBass on 8/26/2009 2:21:30 PM , Rating: 3
I have been buying nothing but Sapphire Radeon cards since the X800 days, and have not had any issues with a single one of them. They make top quality products.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By FITCamaro on 8/26/2009 2:51:17 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention offer a lifetime warranty.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By afkrotch on 8/26/2009 8:55:01 PM , Rating: 3
The same as BFG Tech. Hell, your watercooling can leak on your BFG card and they'll replace it.

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By just4U on 8/26/2009 11:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
When did Sapphire start offering lifetime warranties? This is news to me. They have had some questionable customer support and it's been a bit of a rocky road for them there. On the plus side they have been improving and it's nice to see them thinking outside the box with custom coolers and packaging that includes alot of goodies (in their ultimate editions)

My 4870 only came with a 3 year warranty and that was bought hmm... 7 months ago, so unless they've changed recently I don't think they are offering lifetime warranties yet. Be a great move on their part and hopefully their customer support is up to the task.

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