The folks at market research firm Jon Peddie Research have compiled sales and shipment numbers pertaining to the graphics add-in board market in the second quarter of this year. Whereas sales of discrete graphics cards were disappointing in the first quarter, JPR says the market rebounded in the second quarter. Sales numbers were up, as were average selling prices for graphics cards. Overall, 21.1 million add-in boards shipped in the second quarter—a 10.6% increase compared to the second quarter of 2006—generating $5.8 billion in revenue.
Despite the increase, JPR doesn't seem entirely optimistic about the future of the discrete graphics card market. The research firm foresees continued pressure from integrated graphics processors as well as upcoming competition from combined microprocessors and graphics processors, which it says are coming in 2008.