Tablets and embedded graphics are eating into the add-in board market
The latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) shipments during the second quarter of 2014 declined 17.5 percent compared to the previous quarter. JPR says the market is behaving according to past years, though the decrease was more than the 10-year average. What's also interesting is that the drop in discrete graphics card shipments coincided with a 1.3 percent increase in desktop PC shipments.
According to JPR, tablets and embedded graphics caused part of the decline. However, "PC gaming momentum continues to build and is the bright spot in the AIB market," with Nvidia reaping the lion's share of the rewards.
Nvidia's share of the discrete graphics card market slipped sequentially from 64.9 percent to 62 percent, though barely budged compared to the same quarter a year ago when Nvidia held a 61.9 percent share of the market. Meanwhile, AMD ended the quarter wit ha 37.9 percent share, up from 35 percent in the previous quarter and down slightly from 38 percent a year ago.