AMD losing ground to Nvidia in graphics market

By on July 30, 2007, 6:31 PM
Things are not looking too good for AMD on the graphics front, as the company continued to lose ground against rival Nvidia during the second quarter of the year.

According to a report released by Jon Peddie Research (JPR) today, Q2 saw Nvidia make significant gains, while AMD and Intel saw more typical results. On the desktop side, Nvidia was the clear winner with 43% market share against Intel's 38.5%, while AMD had a modest gain to 23%. Intel still owns the mobile graphics market, however, selling 51.5% of the 24.5 million units sold, with Nvidia and AMD at 27% and 21%, respectively.

Overall, AMD's slice of the market has dropped to 19.5% down from 21.9% in Q1. Meanwhile, Nvidia's overall PC graphics market share went up 28.5% to 32.6%. Intel lost about a point, slipping from 38.7% to 37.6%, good enough to remain the frontrunner of the pack, and is likely to stay atop if it continues to dominate the growing mobile market by such large margins.

JPR said 81.32 million graphics chips were sold during the quarter, up 3% from Q1 and up more than 8% from Q2 2006.

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9Nails said:
AMD is having a bad year! The merger with AMD and ATi probably could have been smoother. Their cpu chips aren't as quick as Intel and their gpu's aren't as fast as Nvidia. I suppose this is the bottom for AMD and they will turn things around soon.
Rick said:
Since the birth of the Athlon, things have been back and forth...The original Athlon slot A CPU out-performed the Pentium III Katmai (Slot 1). Then Intel hit them with the P-III "Coppermine" and it was neck and neck for awhile until the P-III was the clear winner. Then AMD trumped Intel with the 'Thunderbird' (Socket A Athlon XP) and even Intel's P4 (Socket 423 "Willamette") wasn't much of a match (early on, at least). Because Intel had more industry clout and higher clock speeds, people were still buying into the idea that more GHZ = faster CPU. AMD attempted to offset this by creating their own speed rating (PR) scheme.. Athlon XP 1800+ etc... It apparently caught on.Intel started improving their CPUs and the P4 put up a pretty good fight toward the end, eventually trumping the XP. Then the Athlon 64 (Clawhammer) took care of that - the ball was in AMD's court again.That leads us to here and now though, and Intel's Core series of CPUs have had the upper hand for a couple of years. Conroe - especially - was a bad blow for AMD. It was AMD's turn with the Phenom, but the numbers don't seem very impressive. Sadly, I think AMD probably 'missed' their chance to catch up for the next couple of years. They'll be back though.
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