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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.
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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.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 measures 24cm long (9.4 in). The GPU core is clocked at 1000MHz and the GDDR5 memory operates at 1200MHz (4.8GHz DDR), The HD 7870 carries 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs, it also adopts the 28nm design process and is PCI Express 3.0-compatible.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7850 measures 24cm (9.4 in) long. The core clock frequency of the AMD ATI Radeon HD 7850 has been lowered from 1GHz to 860MHz. The GDDR5 memory still works at 1.2GHz, which is effectively 4.8GHz DDR. The HD 7850 has 1024 SPUs and 64 TAUs, while the ROPs remain at 32. It is also PCI Express 3.0-compatible
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 contains four GPCs with a total of eight SMXs, 1536 CUDA cores, eight geometry units, four raster units, 128 texture units, and 32 ROP units. The base clock is 1006MHz, the GTX 680 also carries 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM running at 6008MHz with a 256-bit interface providing 6.0Gb/s of throughput. Dual six-pin power connectors feed the card's TDP of 195W.
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