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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 bobvodka on 8/26/2009 5:11:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well, for a developer it pretty much comes down to tools. AMD currently have nothing which matches perfhud for debugging graphical issues. (well, in my experiance, AMD do have a tool out there but I haven't used it because...well, eep reading).

I was amused that XFX got held up as a mark of quality because during my years of ATI buying the ONLY card I've had problems with was an XFX brand HD4780 X2 (currently RMAing).

Currently I'm on a XFX brand GT8800 which I happened to have laying about and I'm pleased that, after the horrible experiance I had with this in Vista x64 (wait? BSOD while watching stuff from my TV card in an NV lib? wut?) I'm glad to say that in Win7 x64 I've had no problems with it.

Next card... if the price and performance is right then whatever D3D11 AMD throw out. They would have to be some pretty convincing rumors/hints from some trusted sources, much like the AMD HD4 release, with regards to NV numbers for me to wait for their cards to hit retail. (Last I heard AMD are going to have an estimated 2 months of being the only D3D11 game in town).

My point... well, imo & experiance, apart from Devtools it's pretty much a coin toss when it comes to stability and you have to start focusing on things like price:performance when buying.


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