GPU Demand Increases in Fourth Quarter

Posted by Megalith 1:35 PM (CST)

Thursday February 16, 2017

While PC sales are declining, not all is grim, as the GPU sector seems to be doing just fine and appears to only be increasing. This is market research stuff so your eyes may instantly glaze over, but if someone asks you how your favorite graphics card company is doing, you can assuredly say "breddy gud."

The latest market report from Jon Peddie Research note the results are the highest in two years, with 100.3 million units sold. JPR notes growth in the gaming market as the primary driver, but other markets including media & entertainment, cloud computing, and engineering are continuing to invest in more powerful graphics processing. Among the big three suppliers, AMD and Nvidia both increased shipments by 10% in the fourth quarter (sequentially), while Intel shipments were down 4%. Discrete GPUs gained market over integrated units. The attach rate of GPUs inside PCs increased in 4Q16 to 141% on a year-over-year basis.