NVIDIA and AMD Witness Increased GPU Market Share in Q4 2016 As Intel Declines – Green Team Market Share Now at 17.5%, Red Team at 14.4%

A die shot of NVIDIA's Pascal GP104 GPU core.

It looks like that the discrete GPU makers have had another good quarter in 2016 as reported by the Jon Peddie Research publication. According to the report, both NVIDIA and AMD gained GPU market share while Intel's share declined.

NVIDIA and AMD Gained GPU Market Share in Q4 2016 - Discrete GPU Market Up by 1.23%

The report reveals that the discrete GPU market won the fourth quarter of 2016 with a 1.23% increase. This shows the overall market trend where PC builders are moving towards the more capable discrete solutions compared to integrated chips. NVIDIA and AMD both witnessed a 10% increased in total GPU shipments while Intel was down by 4% compared to the previous quarter. Comparing to the previous year, GPU shipments were down by 1.9%, desktop discrete shipments were down 3% and notebook GPU shipments were down 1%.

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The gaming PC market did really well this quarter and remained the bright spot in the GPU industry. High end graphics chips did particularly well in this segment as more gamers bought high-performance cards such as the ones based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture. Attach rate of discrete GPUs over iGPUs gained by a large margin of 141% compared to Q4 2015.

NVIDIA Discrete GPU Shipments Up by 6.1%, AMD's Discrete GPU Shipments Up by 4.3%

NVIDIA was the biggest achiever in the GPU market during Q4 2016. They had a impressive lineup that is ever ready to fulfill the needs of PC gamers from the entry level GTX 1050 to the high-end GTX 1080 and GTX Titan X (Pascal) graphics cards. During the quarter, NVIDIA discrete desktop GPU shipments were up by 6.1% while their notebook GPU shipments increased by 13.8%. Their total PC graphics shipments had increased by 9.5% from the last quarter.

AMD on the other hand had higher GPU shipments compared to NVIDIA because they also offer iGPUs on their APUs for desktops and notebooks. Their overall desktop discrete GPU shipments increased by 4.3% (vs 6.1% of NVIDIA) and notebook GPU shipments increased by 3.2% (vs 13.8% of NVIDIA). Their iGPU ship ments increased by 23.9% on notebooks and 16.9% on notebooks which is the reason for the overall high GPU shipments. AMD didn't do as well as NVIDIA in the PC Gaming/Graphics market.

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Finally, we have Intel who also offer embedded (iGPUs) on their processors. Due to the large market share on the desktop processor front, they still have the highest market share of 68.1% (down from 71.0% in Q3 2016). While their desktop shipments increased by 10.7% due, the notebook GPU shipments decreased by 6.7%.

Quick highlights

  • AMD’s overall unit shipments increased 10.49% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments decreased 4.01% from last quarter, and Nvidia’s increased 9.52%.
  • The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 141% which was down 5.52% from last quarter.
  • Discrete GPUs were in 35.92% of PCs, which is up 1.23%.
  • The overall PC market increased 3.96% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased 3.55% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs increased 5.60% from last quarter.
  • Q4'16 saw an increase in tablet shipments from last quarter.

NVIDIA's GPU market share as of right now stands at 17.5% (up from 16.0%). AMD's GPU market share stands at 14.4% (up from 13.0%) due to their higher APU sales on notebooks and desktops. Intel's share declined to 68.1% from 71.0% (Q3 2016). It will be very interesting to see the discrete GPU market share of both NVIDIA and AMD. With the numbers provided by Jon Peddie Research, we can tell that NVIDIA had a great last quarter in 2016 and their discrete market share would further climb when the numbers arrive.

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