GPU market continues to grow

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 21, 2017

A JPR analyst said that the PC platform continues to be very strong for gaming as it delivers; increased graphical detail, improved control, flexible customisation in both software and hardware, countless accessories, and the backing of eSports. Looking at the yearly trend, desktop graphics increased by 2% while notebook graphics shipments decreased by 6%.

It seems the market shares of Matrox and S3 have finally disappeared into the noise, leaving only Intel, AMD and NVIDIA represented in the breakdown of global GPU market share. This pushed more GPU shipments from NVIDIA and AMD than usual.

"The Gaming PC segment, where higher-end GPUs are used, was once again the bright spot in the market in the quarter", reads the Jon Peddie Research report.

Looking at a more detailed analysis of the quarter, we can see where the bulk o GPU shipments came from.

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Total discrete GPUs (desktop and notebook) shipments for the industry increased 23.3 percent from the last quarter and increased 11.7 percent from a year ago. Its desktop integrate graphics increase 5 percent and its notebook graphics jumped 5.9 percent.

AMD's shipments of desktop heterogeneous GPU/CPUs, i.e., APUs, increased 7.1 percent from the previous quarter. AMD's GPU market share now stands at 13.0%, a 0.2% decrease from the previous quarter. Intel's total GPU sales increased by 5% from last quarter, which translated to a loss of 3.2% of total market share. The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 144 percent which was down -1.28 percent from last quarter.

Discrete GPUs were in 39.55% of PCs, which is up 4.18%. "Desktop discrete GPUs increased 16.1 per cent from last quarter, and notebook discrete shipments increased 5.2 per cent. AMD's total PC graphics shipments increased 7.6 per cent from the previous quarter". Moreover, desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs increased 29.05% from last quarter. But it's not all about powerful consumer GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.

Only one percent of Intel's non-server processors don't have graphics, and over 66 percent of AMD's non-server processors contain integrated graphics; AMD still ships integrated graphics chipsets (IGPs).

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