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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 Parhel on 8/27/2009 8:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
. . . 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.

Trouble like what? You maintain PC's for family and friends and you're afraid of uninstalling a driver?

I for one have been using Nvidia cards for some 10 years without any problems

Even during the Geforce 4 and 5 series? I guess so, since the 6 series only came out about 5 years ago now. Nvidia had about three years where they weren't even in the game on price or performance. If your friends and family rely on you to buy them parts, you really ought to try and find them the best bang for the buck, rather than purchase cards out of habit. I'm glad you aren't spending my money.

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