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Graphics Card Market Share Nvidia Gains More (Rises to 81.2%)

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Graphics Card Market Share Nvidia Gains More

As per the Jon Peddie Research Nvidia has a peak market share of 81.2% (Q4 2018), which is almost highest in the last decade.

You can see my old article from 2014 below when Nvidia had a market share of 62%.

In the last 5 years, AMD has not been able to match Nvidia in terms of performance, especially for the high-end and enthusiast GPUs.

The Nvidia GTX 10 series was superior in terms of performance and has lower energy consumption in comparison to the Radeon RX 400 or 500 series.

Also, thanks to graphics cards like GTX 1060, 1070, 1080 and 1080 Ti Nvidia was able to outclass AMD in the recent years.

Graphics Card Market Share Q4 2018

In the H2 2018, Nvidia launched the RTX line of graphics cards with Ray tracing capability. Nvidia was already ruling the top end of the market with the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti, the new RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti was just unmatchable.

AMD also released the Radeon VII and the rebranded AMD RX 590 but these are no match for the new Nvidia Turing GPUs.

Additionally, Nvidia launched the more affordable RTX 2060 and later on has added the GTX 1660 Ti and the GTX 1660 to further increase the sales.

Besides, AMD has been refreshing the old RX series cards, Vega and Radeon VII failed to impress gamers and content creators in the late 2018 and early 2019.

AMD has been keeping the price competitive for the low and mid-range GPUS like the RX 560 and RX 570, to have some share of the market. But it only has 18.8% of the global market share in Q4 2018.

There are no audited numbers available for the Indian Graphics card market, but as per my experience and understanding, the situation is nearly same as the rest of the world.

In the second half of 2019, we can see some positivity for the Red team as they are launching the new RX 5700 and RX 5700XT.

Below is the trend for the Graphics Card market Share:

Graphics Card Market Share Trend

Nvidia has grown strongly from 66.3% share in 2017 to a solid 81.2% by the end of 2018. Early 2019 data is yet not available but it is likely going to be the same for both companies.

We can actually see some changes in the later part of the year when AMD cards are available in most of the global markets.

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Data Source Via WCCFTECH


AMD VS Nvidia Market Share in 2014

According to the Jon Peddie Research one of the most renowned researchers, Nvidia market share increased in the Q3 2014 by 9.5% and reached to 71.5% market share.

Total discrete Desktop graphics card market in Q3 2014 was 12.4 million units.

The AMD share is 28.5% and declined heavily in the Q3 2014.

The trend is likely to continue in Q4 2014 (Jan-Feb-Mar 2015) and AMD may lose more share as the new Maxwell-based Nvidia GTX 980, GTX 970 and GTX 960 has taken away huge share from AMD.

AMD current generation cards R9 290X, 290 and 280X are not as much energy efficient and powerful as the Maxwell-based Nvidia Graphics cards.

Graphics Card Market Share Nvidia Gains More
Graphics Card Market share Q2 2014

Graphics Card Market share Q3 2014
Graphics Card Market share Q3 2014

The Estimated Size of Discrete Graphics card Market is 12.4 million in Q3 2014 based on the Jon Peddie Research, Approx 8.8 Million Graphics cards were sold by Nvidia and 3.5 million graphics cards by AMD.

Graphics Card Market Share Nvidia Gains More
Graphics Card Market size Q3 2014

While some months back in October 2014 AMD also announced budget cuts for sales, marketing, and distribution for AMD GPU business unit and also job cuts by 700 employees. The concerns are even severe as reduced funding and no new products in the market will make Nvidia gain even more market share.

AMD has been holding the new product launches to clear the current inventory and also there is a larger issue is that if Nvidia controls an even larger share of the already declining market it will not be a good story for gamers. The discrete graphics card market is declining and if Nvidia increases the prices of Graphics cards to increase its profits, the market may shrink more towards the consoles and mobile gaming.

AMD is expected to launch the AMD R9 380X in coming months. The new Graphics card will have 4096 stream processors and will also have 4 GB of stacked high bandwidth memory (HBM). It is interesting to note that the current generation of flagship Nvidia graphics card both GTX 980 and GTX Titan struggle to get great frame rates on 4K monitors.

Where AMD can benefit in 2015 with AMD R9 380X (HBM) graphics cards by offering superior gaming experience on 4K monitors. But the major challenge is again the number of gamers using 4K monitors and cost such monitors.

As per data from Steam, it is less than 1% gamers worldwide who have access to 4K monitors.

We want AMD to keep up the GPU war and fight Nvidia with all vigor so that the industry create great new products for the gamers. The coming months are going to see some interesting events in the GPU market.

Thanks for reading the Article – Graphics Card Market Share Nvidia Gains More.

Source – KitGuru GPU Market Share

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Kanuj Sharma
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