NVIDIA’s Discrete GPU Market Share Climbed To 72.8% in Q3 2017, AMD’s Share Dropped From 30% To 27% – PC Gaming Demand Leads To Rise in AIB Shipments

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The latest discrete GPU market report has been published by Jon Peddie Research and shows that NVIDIA has gained the lead in market share over their rival AMD. The report is for the third quarter of 2017 and a lot of developments were made during the time period in the GPU industry so let’s take a look.

Discrete GPU Shipments Are The Highest in 5 Years – Market Performs Outstandingly Well With An Increase of 29.1% Sequentially

So generally talking about the market itself, Q3 2017 saw an increased shipment of discrete GPUs. The market share for discrete GPUs includes all graphics boards from manufacturers and their AIB partners. The market share doesn’t take into account the integrated or embedded GPU solutions.

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Demand from crypto mining and gaming markets was at an all time high for faster discrete graphics boards. This led to a sequential increase of 29.1% (Q/Q) and a 21.5% (Y/Y) increase from last year. Due to increased demand, the market saw an outstanding increase in the number of shipments, leading to above a ten-year high of 14.4%. Compared to the desktop PC shipments, the AIB desktop shipments were the largest gainer with a 21.5% increase over 8.9% (desktop PCs). The desktop PC market includes all PCs shipped through OEMs whereas the AIBs desktop includes custom made rigs which are very popular among PC gamers and mining users.

While crypto mining had its fair share of influence in the discrete GPU market during Q3 2017, it wasn’t as extensive as the previous quarter. Reports mention that crypto mining demand is slowly dwindling and may cause a decrease in GPU market share in the coming quarters but gaming is here to save the day.

As always, PC gaming remains the main contributor for the biggest jumps in the graphics market. We have seen it in the overall GPU market share report that came out last month and it continues to play a major role in the discrete graphics industry too. With a range of AAA title releases launching this last quarter such as Destiny 2, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, COD WWII, Star Wars: Battlefront II and the esports / competitive market staying strong with titles such as PUBG, Overwatch and FIFA 18, we can see that high-end graphics demand was clearly on the rise.

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NVIDIA and AMD Discrete GPU Market Share Report For Q3 2017

So looking at the market share split between NVIDIA and AMD, we see an interesting result. NVIDIA increased their discrete GPU market share to 72.8% (vs 69.7% during previous quarter). AMD on the other hand saw a slight share decrease to 27.2% (vs 30.3% during previous quarter).

This is an interesting trend since AMD graphics card are generally known to ship really well when crypto mining is at its peak. This year however, NVIDIA graphics cards also saw increased demand during the crypto cycle which led to an increased market share at their end. But as previously stated, Q3 wasn’t a strong quarter for cryptomining as compared to Q2 2017.

Looking at the GPU performance figures posted over at Anandtech, the Radeon RX Vega launched last quarter and as such, sales for just one month are recorded in the report. It will definitely affect the Q4 report, but NVIDIA on the other hand introduced the GTX 1070 Ti, a sub $500 US counterpart to the RX Vega 56. Both cards trade blows with each other but the Vega 56 supply and pricing issues might have affected the full potential of its market performance. The mining craze has also decreased by a huge fraction and since the gaming and holiday season will be all that keeps graphics demand up in Q4 2017, it will be interesting how NVIDIA and AMD perform in the coming quarter.

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