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.
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.
quote: . . . since I rotate my GPU cards between a dozen PC's I maintain for family and friends, it could mean trouble if I would add a ATI/AMD card to the line up. When using only Nvidia cards, I can just remove the old card, plug-in the new one, install the latest drivers and be done.
quote: I for one have been using Nvidia cards for some 10 years without any problems