AMD’s Radeon HD 4000-series may be giving Nvidia a tough challenge, but it looks as though Nvidia is still beating AMD in terms of market share. Last year, AMD clawed back
a large chunk of market share, taking its total market share of the discrete graphics market up to 40 per cent in the third quarter of 2008. However, Nvidia now says that it’s back on top and is once again beating AMD into submission.
According to figures from Mercury Research
, Nvidia’s overall market share in the first quarter of 2009 increased by 0.3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2008, while AMD’s decreased by 1 percent. However, the figures for individual segments of the market are much more revealing. According to the research, Nvidia GPUs now seriously dominate the discrete desktop graphics card market, with a total market share of 67 percent in the first quarter of 2009. This is a large gain of 5.4 percent compared with the figures from the fourth quarter of 2008.
Similarly, Nvidia also appears to be ruling the overall discrete GPU market, which includes laptop GPUs as well as desktop GPUs. The figures from Mercury Research showed Nvidia taking back 3 percent of the market share in the industry compared with the fourth quarter of 2008, taking the company’s total share up to 66 percent. However, while this is still an increase in market share, it looks as though Nvidia’s desktop GPU business is having slightly more success than its laptop GPU business.
It's also worth bearing in mind that these figures don't include integrated graphics; a huge market which is still apparently dominated by Intel. According to figures from Jon Peddie Research
, Intel currently commands a massive 49.7 percent of the overall graphics market.
Interestingly, the figures from Mercury Research also painted a rosier picture of the graphics market in general compared with the end of last year. According to Mercury Research, overall graphics shipments went up by 3.8 percent in this quarter when compared with the fourth quarter of 2008. Similarly, Jon Peddie Research also reported an increase in sales of graphics products of 3.29 percent this quarter, when compared with the fourth quarter of 2008.
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