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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 FITCamaro on 8/26/2009 2:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
If Nvidia wants CUDA to ever really be used, they're going to have to make it officially supported on ATI GPUs as well. No one is going to make a game using it which then drastically reduces performance on ATI cards.


RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By monomer on 8/26/2009 4:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Unless Nvidia somehow makes CUDA into an industry-wide standard, it will quickly be going the way of Glide.


RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By just4U on 8/26/2009 11:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
Nvidia went to Ati to try and get them to adopt it. For whatever reason they didn't come on board. Maybe it had to do with not having enough say in it.. who know! Someone else might remember more about it then I do.


RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By bobvodka on 8/27/2009 4:23:43 AM , Rating: 2
Probably because they had no intrest in pushing the technology of a rivial when they had their own initative which better suited their hardware (CTM as it was called originaly, back in/around 2006)


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