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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 kroker on 8/26/2009 4:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
Raw performance vs price is not always the only aspect of a purchase. It's also the little things that make the difference.

I own a Radeon HD4850. This is my very first Radeon card (only Nvidia cards before this), and I can say I'm pretty happy with it. It was well worth the money, even though in the end Crysis is the only graphically demanding game I ever played on it. But still, next time I think I'll go with Nvidia again. Why? As I said, it's the little things: lack of stereoscopic functionality in ATI cards, small but annoying issues with ATI cards in older games which I still play (for example, various shadow issues in NFS: Most Wanted, decals disappearing when viewed from certain angles etc), 3DMark (any version) didn't work in XP without hotfixes when I first got the card in July 2008, some annoying driver issues, etc. With Nvidia, I didn't really care to update my drivers - with ATI I do it every month. Nvidia was always a smoother experience for me! Granted, I still use XP and I have never experienced the buggy Vista drivers that so many people complained about when it was launched.

Anyway, what really matters is that now we have a CHOICE. Until the HD4000 series, Nvidia was pretty much the only game in town.

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