JPR: Second-quarter GPU shipments fell 11% versus Q1

Jon Peddie Research has published its latest Market Watch statistics for Q2 2015, and they reveal some interesting tidbits. Total GPU shipments dropped 11% compared to Q1, and 18% year-on-year. Notebook GPU unit shipments fell 16.9% versus this time last year, while desktop GPUs saw a sharper fall-off of 21.7%.

AMD took the worst hit: its unit shipments are down 25.8% since last quarter. Its quarterly sales of desktop APUs actually rose 25%, but its notebook APU shipments fell 53.5%. The company's desktop graphics card shipments dropped by 33.3%, while its discrete notebook GPU numbers shrank by 9.1%.

Nvidia fared less poorly, but still shipped 16.2% fewer GPUs versus the past quarter. The company's discrete notebook GPU shipments fell 21.6%, while its desktop graphics cards shipments dropped 12%.

Intel's numbers may be the most interesting. The company's quarterly shipments fell 7.4% overall. Both desktop and notebook IGPs saw quarterly declines of 7.4% and 7.3%, respectively. Since Intel doesn't make discrete graphics cards of its own, these numbers may correlate with a drop in CPU shipments in general.

JPR's research shows that Intel now holds 75.2% of the GPU market. Nvidia claims 14.1% of all shipments, while AMD holds 10.7%. Intel has been growing at AMD and Nvidia's expense: last quarter, Intel held 72.2% of the market, while Nvidia held 14.9% and AMD had 12.9%.

According to the report, the PC market as a whole faced a Q2 shrinkage of 4.2% versus Q1, and a 10.5% year-on-year decrease. JPR says the tablet market also shrank for the second quarter in a row. The research firm points out that the second quarter of the year tends to be a weak one for the industry, as OEMs clear out stock and prepare for the back-to-school season. Even so, the 11% overall drop is greater than the 6.86% average decline for Q2 over the past 10 years.

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