Nearly every player invested in the GPU market experienced a "good, if not great quarter" in Q2 as overall graphics shipments rose 2.5 percent sequentially and 5.5 percent year-over-year, according to data released today by Jon Peddie Research. Intel enjoyed the biggest gains in both desktop (13.6 percent) and notebook (3.8 percent), which isn't surprising now that CPUs with integrated graphics are the norm and not the exception.
Intel remains the market share leader with a 62 percent slice of the pie, way ahead of AMD at 22.7 percent and Nvidia at 14.8 percent.
"We found that graphics shipments during Q2 2012 bucked the downward PC trend and rose 2.7 percent from last quarter as compared to -1.5 percent for PCs overall. GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market, since a GPU goes into every system before it’s shipped," JPR said.
Mobile is playing a big role in all of this. According to JPR's data, AMD's APU shipments dropped 13.8 percent in the desktop from Q1 and 6.7 percent in notebooks, though the chip designer had a 55.8 percent increase in notebook IGPs. Nvidia, meanwhile, saw its discrete desktop GPU shipments slide 10.4 percent compared to last quarter, while it's mobile discrete shipments rose 19.2 percent.