- AMD’s overall shipments decreased by 4.55% compared to last quarter while NVIDIA’s dropped by 12.6%, but that’s still much less than Intel’s 22.50%.
- Although the overall GPU shipments have decreased, the number of discrete graphics cards (read gaming graphics cards) has gone by 1.17%.
- Discrete GPUs were in 28.95% of PCs, which is up 1.17% from last quarter.
- Trends are expected to improve in the coming months as AMD releases its new 7nm Navi graphics cards, giving gamers a wider market to choose from.
AMD has been present at this year’s Computex in full force, with a slew of announcements from the Zen 2 CPUs to the Navi GPU, both leveraging the 7nm node. The Navi family of graphics cards, packing the new RDNA macro-architecture is expected to be properly launched at E3 but seems like AMD has already started gaining market share in the GPU market. Not from NVIDIA though, but Intel.
AMD’s discrete GPU shipments increased by 21% in the first quarter of 2019. This is the desktop market we are talking about. Overall, PC GPU sales decreased by 10.7% year-on-year. Out of this, AMD’s total GPU shipments dropped by 4.6%, NVIDIA’s by 12.7% while Intel’s iGPUs saw a sharp decline of 22.5%.
This can be attributed to the shortage of Intel chips in the last 6 months or so. As the chipmaker has been ramping up production of the 10nm Ice Lake chips, the 14nm node has suffered, resulting in a void that AMD’s Ryzen parts were too happy to fill.
Compared to the last quarter, the overall GPU market was down by 18.62%, with NVIDIA losing just 1%, followed by AMD at 2.3% and then lastly Intel with a dip of 3.4% compared to the last quarter of 2018.