NVIDIA Gained GPU Market Share in Q4 2016 – Increased 70.5% Share For Green Team While AMD Steady at 29.5%

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Feb 23, 2017
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The latest discrete GPU market figures for Q4 2016 are in and it looks like NVIDIA had another great quarter with their Pascal lineup. The new report shows the gains and losses that were witnessed by the major players in the discrete GPU market that includes NVIDIA and AMD.

NVIDIA Gained While AMD Lost Some Discrete GPU Market Share in Q4 2016

Jon Peddie Research has posted a new report covering the discrete (Add-in-board) GPU market share and shipments in Q4 2016. According to the report, NVIDIA GPU market share now stands at 70.5% compared to 70.2% in the previous quarter. AMD’s shares now stands at 29.5% compared to 29.8% in the previous quarter. The general trend of the industry was positive as high-performance graphics cards sales are still going strong thanks to great demand for powering high-end gaming experiences in the PC DIY market.

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“The graphics add-in board market has defied gravity for over a year now, showing gains while the overall PC market slips. The silly notion of integrated graphics “catching up” with discrete will hopefully be put to rest now,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie research, the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia. via Jon Peddie Research

It’s reported that discrete GPUs that are used by AIBs in their products are found in a range of products. These include desktop PCs, workstations, servers and task-specific platforms. In Q4 2016, the AIB market increased 5.6% (Q/Q) while the overall desktop PC market grew by 19.4%. Once again, PC gaming is the single strongest pillar to lift up this market. Demand for gaming PCs is at an all time high and this has resulted in many OEMs and AIB partners supplying gaming branded products, aimed specifically at the PC gaming audiences.

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If anyone doubted that the PC was the platform of choice for gaming, this quarter’s results will correct that incorrect misconception. The gaming market is lifting the entire PC market and has overwhelmed the console market. via Jon Peddie Research

Workstation AIBs Also Up Thanks To High-Performance GPU Launches

Whether it be the all powerful Quadro GP100 / Quadro P6000 solutions or the cost-effective WX7100 series workstation cards, we can easily tell that these products have fueled the content creation market. Users now have a diverse range of GPUs to select from, all the way from high-performance to entry-level and budget solutions. This resulted in workstation AIBs growing by 19.4% from the previous quarter which is an impressive thing for the workstation market too.

Overall, while mainstream market is still big, the performance market has grown by a huge fraction over the past few months. This is due to competitive pricing for high-performance graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 1070. Enthusiast cards have also seen a a slight rise in overall shipments as cards such as the GTX 1080, GTX Titan X and the soon to be released Radeon Vega 10 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics card aim to amp up the PC gaming market with some outstanding performance figures.

A picture of the new AMD Vega logo. (Image Credits: PCWorld)

The PC gaming market is strong, crossing over $30 Billion US in sales which is a staggering figure and that will continue to grow as more software and hardware updates keep on coming to fuel PC gamers needs.

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