Graphics chip sales remained healthy last quarter

As it does every quarter, Jon Peddie Research has compiled a new set of numbers documenting quarterly graphics processor shipments. The research firm’s latest data set spans the second calendar quarter of 2008, and it suggests graphics chips sold at a very healthy rate.

According to JPR, GPU shipments decreased only 0.49% compared to the first quarter—the smallest drop since 2001—and they went up by a “heartening” 16% compared to the same time period last year. Intel enjoyed the most significant year-over-year growth (46%), while Nvidia and AMD saw their shipments go up by 11.9% and 7.9%, respectively. Smaller graphics firms didn’t have much luck prying sales away from the big players—their combined shipments tumbled by about 65% compared to Q2 2007.

JPR has worked out some market share numbers, too. AMD’s share of all shipped GPUs went from 19.5% in Q2 2007 to 18.1% last quarter, while Nvidia’s piece of the pie shrunk from 32.5% to 31.4%, and Intel’s grew from 37.6% to 47.3%. We would advise against drawing hasty conclusions from the Intel numbers, since they tell us nothing about users who couple dedicated GPUs with Intel integrated graphics chipsets.

Looking forward, JPR expects AMD to make “impressive gains” this quarter. Considering the attractive positioning of AMD’s Radeon HD 4000-series desktop cards and the company’s claimed notebook GPU design wins, we wouldn’t be surprised to see AMD do well, either.

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    • SGT Lindy
    • 11 years ago

    “We would advise against drawing hasty conclusions from the Intel numbers, since they tell us nothing about users who couple dedicated GPUs with Intel integrated graphics chipsets.”

    What 1% of notebooks that have both a Intel video card and a dedicated as well. Sony does this on their notebooks…anyone else?

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      The computer world is still larger than notebooks, even though those are dominating, and has been for a long time. I’ve got a (now very old) Pentium 4 system that uses an i845G chipset, but an Nvidia AGP graphics card. By raw sales counting, this system would have appeared as both an Intel and an Nvidia graphics win and skewed the pie chart slices accordingly, when in fact the Intel graphics core is deadwood.

      • Lianna
      • 11 years ago

      Some manufacturers simplify the design of both notebooks and desktops (and possibly gain rebates from Intel) by using (more) integrated chipsets even when using dedicated video card from the start. I had this kind of notebook with IGP (that was unavailable, unlike in Sony’s) and MR9700. I have seen quite a few more designs of this kind since.

    • Jigar
    • 11 years ago

    Good to see AMD’s come back in GPU market, their chipset looks fine to me, Now only CPU to take care of…

      • Space Bags
      • 11 years ago

      We haven’t actually seen evidence of it, yet.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 11 years ago

        Haven’t seen evidence for what? The 48*0’s pretty much rock. I’m an nVidia fanboy more or less, but even I understand that the 4850 pretty much destroys the mid range and the 4870 holds it’s own up top.

        Now AMD’s CPU line… well…

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