Sales of PC graphics cards rose sharply last year according to a new study, and the market for AIB or add-in cards (i.e. desktop graphics card) reached a value of 51.8 billion (about £40 billion, AU$68 billion) in 2021.
This is from Graphic Speak (opens in a new tab) (a publication by analyst firm Jon Peddie Research or JPR), and the report observes that in the fourth quarter of 2021, the number of GPU shipments increased by 29.5% compared to the same quarter in 2020, which is quite a boom (they also increased by 3% on the previous quarter). A total of $13.5 billion (about £10 billion, AU$18 billion) worth of graphics cards were shipped in the last quarter of last year.
Interestingly, AMD actually gained more ground than Nvidia in Q4 2021, with Team Red graphics card shipments up 35.7% year-over-year, while Nvidia didn’t hasn’t made quite the same level of progress, although it still manages very robust growth of 27.7%.
Team Green remains by far the dominant player for discrete desktop GPUs, of course, holding 77.2% of the market.
Analysis: AMD reverses the trend of graphics cards?
Nvidia typically has a market share of around 80% in desktop graphics cards by JPR’s usual figures, although lately it’s hit 83%. That said, we’ve also seen it drop below 80%, but 77% is about the meagerest market share figure we’ve seen in quite some time – and it’ll be interesting to see if AMD can still take advantage of the sales momentum here. .
Team Red has, of course, a trio of refreshed RDNA 2 GPUs reportedly on the way – along with some new, cheaper RX 6000 series models too – and that could propel AMD further, perhaps. even attack to drive Nvidia below the 75% mark. A 25% share is as good as we’ve seen AMD do lately, based on JPR stats (which were back in early 2020), and maybe that could be improved in the near future .
The report also notes that PC gaming is becoming increasingly popular and is partly responsible for the overall growth of GPUs, stating that: “With the help of the rise of esports and the growing popularity of PC, AMD and Nvidia reported records. revenue from the gaming segment in recent quarters.
Of course, desktop discrete graphics cards aren’t the preserve of PC gamers, as they’re also used in professional environments (workstations or servers), and let’s not forget crypto-mining (although we might Want it). The latter was certainly a strong driver of GPU sales last year, and part of the reason that while more cards shipped, it certainly wasn’t easy to buy the GPU from the current generation that you wanted to insert into your PC.
However, crypto sales are now down, or that’s certainly the prevailing sentiment, and coupled with a slow recovery in supply levels, we are finally seeing graphics card prices normalize somewhat, and that trend should continue. Don’t forget that Intel’s entry into the graphics card market will soon make big waves also in terms of offering and hopefully pricing with its Arc cards (first on laptops, but also on desktops sometime in Q2).
Via Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab)