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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 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).

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