JPR Notes Second Quarter of Consecutive Growth in Graphics Chip Market

Paul Lilly

Intel, Nvidia emerges as winners in Q3

Overall graphics shipments rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, marking the second consecutive quarter of positive growth, according to the latest data by Jon Peddie Research. At the same time, shipments in Q3 were down 8.8 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, JPR said. Q3 is typically when retailers stock up inventory for the holiday shopping season, and though the gain this quarter was smaller than in pre-2008 years, it still ended on a positive note.

The three major players are AMD, Intel, and Nvidia. AMD's overall unit shipments decreased 4.2 percent sequentially, while Intel and Nvidia gained 3.5 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.

Total discrete GPU (desktop and notebook) shipments were mostly flat from last quarter with a negligible gain of 0.12 percent, and down 18.8 percent from the same quarter a year ago due to "problems plaguing the overall PC industry," JPR said. Overall, discrete GPU shipments are trending downwards with a CAGR from 2012 to 2016 of -5.7 percent.

All tallied, Intel now holds a 63 percent share of the GPU market, versus 61.8 percent a quarter ago and 60 percent last year. AMD is in a distant second with a 20.7 percent share, down from 22 percent last quarter and down from 21 percent last year. In third place is Nvidia with a 16.3 percent, virtually unchanged from last quarter (16.2 percent) and down from 18.6 percent a year ago.

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