Global GPU Market Share (2020)

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This statistic highlights Graphics Add In Board Market Share, or GPU Market Share, split between AMD and Nvidia. The data has been sourced from Jon Peddie Research.
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By Sankul Iyer

This statistic highlights Graphics Add In Board Market Share, or popularly known as Global GPU Market Share. The data has been sourced from Jon Peddie Research. Graphics add –in boards (AIB) are boards that carry discrete chips. This means that the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is not part of the Central Processing Unit (CPU). While CPU is the brains of a computing device, GPU is an electronic circuit that enables images to be displayed on such a device. GPU is commonly found embedded in mobile phones, gaming consoles and computers. The advantage of add – in boards is high-speed memory. Add in Boards can either be sold separately to customers or be pre-installed in a device. These are used in desktop computers, servers, workstations and certain scientific instruments as well.

Importance of tracking graphics add –in board market share: The demand for high – end personal computers and gaming consoles affects and is in turn affected by the GPU that is used. Hence, tracking the graphics add – in board is helpful for microprocessing companies as GPU forms a vital component of the finished product.

Industry performance based on graphics add –in board market share: NVDIA held the maximum share in the graphics add – in board market of 67.90% in the second quarter of the current fiscal year. The company’s toughest competition comes from Advanced Micro Devices, whose add – in boards constituted 32.10% of the market during the same quarter.

GPU inventor NVDIA held a record high 81.20% market share during the fourth quarter of FY 2018. This was its second highest stronghold of the market, eclipsed by the 81.90% share held during the second quarter of FY 2015. AMD has faced wide fluctuations in its graphics add – in board market share. Its lowest was of 18% during the second quarter of 2015. The company reached its highest of 40.90% in the third quarter of FY 2010 and matched this figure in the first quarter of FY 2011.

Although semiconductor company AMD held onto 35%+ market share in every quarter from 2010 to 2014, it really dropped the ball when its market share fell to 22.50% in the first quarter of 2015. The company had a jump from 22.80% in Q1 FY 2016 to 29.90% in Q2. It marginally crossed the 30% mark in the second quarter of 2017. One year hence, in the second quarter of FY 2018, AMD gained 36.10% share.

It appears that NVIDIA has always kept control of a majority of the graphics add –in boards market share.          In fact over the past 8 years, the least amount of shares held by the company was 58.40% in the second quarter of FY 2011. Since then, the Delaware incorporated company has faced an uptrend in the shares held by it in every second quarter of the subsequent years until 2015. From Q2 FY 2014 to Q2 FY 2015, there was a tremendous growth of 19.1% YoY. Post that high, there was a brief downtrend when its shares fell to 70% in Q2 FY 2016, had a marginal decline to 69.70% in Q2 FY 2017 and finally decreased to 63.90% in Q2 FY 2018.

Despite the large gap between the market share held by the two companies, both of the California based entities have together monopolized the graphics add – in board market. As a result, their industry peers barely grabbed 1% of the global GPU market share. This share was further reduced to 20 basis points during the fourth quarter of FY 2012. This decreased even more to a meagre 0.10% share in each of the first three quarters of FY 2015. Since then, NVIDIA and AMD have forced other companies to sink into oblivion as far as the graphics add – in board market is concerned.

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