Discrete GPU shipments down in Q2, AMD regains market share

By on August 28, 2012, 10:30 AM

Following on from another report earlier this month covering the entire graphics market, where Intel came on top once again thanks to its integrated offerings, JPR has released new market share figures related strictly to discrete add-in board (AIB) GPU shipments and sales during Q2 2012. The report considers GPUs used in desktop PCs, workstations, and servers, that are either factory installed or sold directly to consumers.

As usual, it was a two horse race between AMD and Nvidia. The latter still dominates the market but its share slipped 2.6 points to 59.3% during the quarter. Likewise, AMD rose 2.5 points to 40.3%. JPR attributes this to the introduction of the Radeon HD 7000 series and the success of the A10 Trinity APU. At the same time Nvidia suffered from supply constraints affecting its ability to ship more GPUs.

  2Q '12 Shipments 2Q '12 Market share 1Q '12 Market share Q2 '11 Market share
AMD 5.95 million 40.3% 37.8% 41.2%
Nvidia 8.75 million 59.3% 61.9% 58.4%
Matrox 0.05 million 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
S3 0.01 million 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Total 14.76 million      

According to the market research firm, overall discrete graphics cards shipments during Q2 2012 were seasonally down in line with previous years. But unit shipments were also lower on a year-to-year comparison and on a quarter-to-quarter comparison -- total AIB shipments decreased from the previous quarter by 6.5% and 7% from the same quarter last year to 14.8 million units.

JPR still notes that the decline is less than the 10-year average of 11.3% for the quarter. Traditionally, sales pick up in Q3 but the firm didn’t venture to make any predictions, claiming this has been a very turbulent year and that the world-wide economic conditions are just too uncertain.

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ess333 said:

Good to see AMD up again .. upgraded from HD 5850 to GTX 670 because 670 was better than 7970 in terms of performance and price

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

AMD needs to buckle down and get more involved with game developers. Sponsoring more projects will not only help product sales but will increase revenue from licensing and implementing their GPU technologies.

Blue Falcon said:

Ess333, HD7970 is the same performance at 1080P and faster for 2560x1440/1600 than a GTX670 now after Catalyst 12.7 drivers. You must have been looking at old benchmarks.

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