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AMD discrete GPU market share eroded to less than 20 per cent

by Mark Tyson on 19 August 2015, 13:06

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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According to the latest data released by Mercury Research Nvidia has continued to gain discrete GPU (dGPU) market share in its graphics tug-o-war with AMD. As we enter Q3 2015 the market researchers have published analysis data for Q2 2015 that quotes Nvidia's dGPU market share as being 82 per cent, leaving just 18 per cent to AMD.

The latest previous figures we published on HEXUS were from Jon Peddie's Q3 2014 market report, which showed Nvidia had just enjoyed a significant up-tick in market share to pass the 70 per cent mark. Apparently Mercury published Q4 2014 figures showing Nvidia were at 76 per cent a few months later. From these consecutive results and the new Q2 2015 market share graph, via Tweaktown above, the trend looks pretty bad for AMD.

Hopes that AMD could claw back market share thanks to the launch of its pioneering HBM equipped graphics card range and new Radeon 300 Series have not be realised in these most recent figures. That could be because there was hardly any availability of AMD's latest and greatest graphics cards during the most recent reported quarter and/or AMD is having supply problems. TweakTown suggests that AMD woes have been cemented by both supply problems and the uninspiring rebrands which make up the R300 series.

We will await the next set of GPU market share figures with great interest, to see the impact of a full quarter with AMD's latest range of graphics cards available. We may also see the launch of the highly anticipated AMD Fury Nano graphics card, pictured above, shortly. Interestingly there are indications that AMD might enjoy an upswing in popularity as DirectX 12 games start to emerge. The only DX12 game benchmarked so far seems to show that AMD's R9 390X offers neck-and-neck performance to the Nvidia GTX 980 for around £50 to £100 less wallet-hurt.



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The problem is nvidia have the market covered top to bottom. I've stopped using AMD altogether in all builds now.

It's a shame because it's going to make nvidia stop trying as hard :(
As long as I get my Pascal card with 16GB RAM i'll be happy Tunnah. But true, there needs to be abit of lively competition in there to keep Nvidia on their toes
The issue with AMD is that they are executing slowly and not keeping pace with NV. Also, they created a reputation of having bad drivers and being inferior to NV (this is just in people's minds) and that is hurting them. They ditched alot of good engineers for the sake of saving money so I guess it's just a result of their own actions. And when you look at their current line-up what you see? 390X, a beast consuming a ton of power which is almost as fast as a 980 and Fiji which is a bit slower than 980Ti. What AMD should really understand is that they need to be the best, really. To have the best absolute performance in order to win this tech competition with NV.
“drivers and being inferior to NV (this is just in people's minds)”
No, it wasn't just in my mind. I had lots of issues with the 6970, blue screens, mouse cursor getting corrupted with 2 displays etc.
To be fair, NV had it's issues as well. Win 10 driver crashing after install, and I'm sure there were other issues which I did not bump into happening to other people.
So, assuming AMD stepped up their game in the driver department (seems they did with the dx12 drivers), thery're on the right track.
mudpie
“drivers and being inferior to NV (this is just in people's minds)”
No, it wasn't just in my mind. I had lots of issues with the 6970, blue screens, mouse cursor getting corrupted with 2 displays etc.
To be fair, NV had it's issues as well. Win 10 driver crashing after install, and I'm sure there were other issues which I did not bump into happening to other people.
So, assuming AMD stepped up their game in the driver department (seems they did with the dx12 drivers), thery're on the right track.
Your personal experience isn't really proof of anything I've had AMD since 4800 series and haven't had any of the problems you describe.