NVIDIA Gains Control of 81% Discrete GPU Market Share; AMD down to 18%

Jon Peddie Research, the market research firm for the computer graphics industry, has released its quarterly Add-in-Board report on world-wide AIB shipments used in desktop PCs for Q4’18. Although both AMD and NVIDIA saw a massive decline in graphics card shipments, the latter seems to have gained some ground over its competitor with a mighty 81% market share while AMD has been reduced to a mere 18%.


The discrete GPU market decreased in Q4’18 from last quarter, but Nvidia managed to one-up AMD by seizing around 7% of their GPU market share. Quarter-to-quarter graphics board shipments decreased by 10.7% and decreased by 40.2% year-to-year.

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Looking at the GPU market share distribution, NVIDIA has gained some serious ground with an 81% share while AMD has plummeted all the way down to 18% from 25% in the last quarter. Comparing these statistics with last year’s, AMD was in a rather healthy position with 33% control over the market with NVIDIA pegged at 66%. At the moment though, team red seems to be at a low point when it comes to the Radeon products.

There’s no word on Navi and considering that the Radeon VII is hard to get plus isn’t quite as fast as the RTX 2080 at the same price point, that 7nm Vega chip is more or less obsolete. So as it stands right now, a lot is riding on the upcoming Navi GPUs for AMD.

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  1. With rise in data science applications, deep learning algorithms are the way forward and given nvidia’s mainstream cards are well suited for running them, they offer more than just gaming. IIT Kharagpur for example uses 3 1080TIs per workstation in their lab. RTX series is even faster, with rtx2060 matching 2080 due to tensor cores and a better option of 32fp compute precision making it a more viable option.

    These cards are seen as purchased by general consumer when they are really purchased by educational institutions and research labs. AMD on other hand has no option like this.

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