The GPU market continued its recovery in Q2 2009 following a slow second half last year in anticipation of a worldwide recession. The latest estimates from Jon Peddie Research suggest shipments climbed a whopping 31.3% from 74.8 million units in the first quarter of the year to 98.3 million in the second, with all major vendors showing improvements sequentially.

AMD and Intel both enjoyed some market share growth at the expense of Nvidia and smaller GPU makers. The former came first in terms of percentage growth with a 41.5% increase in shipments over the last quarter, followed by Intel and Nvidia at 35.2% and 23.6% respectively. Overall the market is still dominated by Intel, though, thanks to its nearly-ubiquitous integrated graphics chips.

Nvidia actually saw its market share drop almost two whole points to 29.2% while AMD continues to slowly catch up – now with 18.4% of the market. Looking forward, the research firm cautions that things won't return to the normal seasonal pattern until the third or fourth quarter of this year and that the market won't hit the levels of 2008 until 2010.