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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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By elpresidente2075 on 8/26/2009 10:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, you got shot down. I agree with you, and will add that with the half dozen (integrated) ATi video chips I've used, all have been trouble in some way or another, be it not scaling properly on HDTV through HDMI at 1080p or utterly lacking in linux driver support or even struggling to attain stable driver support in Windows.

Contrasted with my experiences with a similar number of Nvidia add-in cards that has been wholly stellar, my opinion of ATi has tarnished somewhat. Granted, driver support has improved significantly over the past few years despite retaining the multiple process driver model, and their products have become significantly faster in the same timeframe. However it will take quite a compelling product to woo me away from an Nvidia product for my next purchase, something they failed to do even with the latest 4000-series of cards.

Though despite the graphics division, AMD for life!

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