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Report: PC Graphics Shipments Down in Fourth Quarter

By - Source: Jon Peddie Research | B 43 comments

Discrete GPU shipments were down 16-percent in 4Q12

A report released by Jon Peddie Research on Tuesday states that during the fourth quarter of 2012, only 28.8 million discrete GPUs were shipped. Compared to third quarter numbers, shipments dropped 16-percent while year-to-year (4Q12 to 4Q11) shipments dropped 9.7-percent. Nvidia suffered the most damage, feeling a 16.7-percent drop in quarter-to-quarter discrete GPU sales.

According to the report, AMD fell in second place, seeing a 13.6-percent drop in quarter-to-quarter discrete GPU sales, followed by Intel which saw only a 2.9-percent drop. Yet the overall PC market grew 2.8-percent from 3Q12 to 4Q12 even though the entire GPU market (embedded and discrete) declined 8.2-percent. The firm indicates that the decline could have been greater had Intel's improved embedded GPU not been "good enough".

"On a year-to-year basis, we found that total graphics shipments during Q4'12 dropped 11.5-percent as compared to PCs which declined by 5.6-percent overall," the firm said. "GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market, since a GPU goes into every system before it is shipped and most of the PC vendors are guiding down for Q1'13."

The report stated that the "turmoil" in the PC market has caused a new forecast. The new Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for the PC graphics sector is now 3.2-percent from 2012 to 2016. Total shipments of GPUs in 2016 will be to 549 million units whereas the ten-year average change for graphics for quarter-to-quarter is now a growth of -1.3-percent.

In addition to the GPU market, the report states that AMD's APUs increased 0.8-percent from 3Q12 in the desktop sector, but dropped a dramatic 19.1-percent in notebooks. In the same timeframe, Intel's mobile solution jumped 3-percent in desktops but fell 6.76-percent in notebooks. Meanwhile, Nvidia's discrete GPUs for desktops dropped 15.1-percent while its discrete GPUs for laptops dropped 18.4-percent.

A provided chart shows that Intel ruled the graphics market in 4Q12 with a 63.4-percent share, followed by AMD with 19.7-percent and Nvidia with 16.9-percent. The firm's report does not cover handhelds (i.e., mobile phones), x86 Servers or ARM-based tablets (i.e. iPad and Android-based Tablets), Smartbooks, or ARM-based Servers.

For more information about Jon Peddie Research's findings, check out the full report here.

 

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    loops , February 21, 2013 7:13 PM
    Yo, green team, get your price right!
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2013 7:28 PM
    And the fact that AMDs APUs are becoming increasingly popular and aren't counted towards this
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    techbaddie , February 21, 2013 7:19 PM
    Agree, the prices for some of the high end cards are up there.. Especially when my 470 gtx runs all the games I play at 60 FPS on 1440p... (Guild Wars 2) It's just not worth upgrading for the price
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  • 20 Hide
    loops , February 21, 2013 7:13 PM
    Yo, green team, get your price right!
  • 10 Hide
    techbaddie , February 21, 2013 7:19 PM
    Agree, the prices for some of the high end cards are up there.. Especially when my 470 gtx runs all the games I play at 60 FPS on 1440p... (Guild Wars 2) It's just not worth upgrading for the price
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    balister , February 21, 2013 7:21 PM
    Of course shipments were down, people know that AMD and NVidia typically release their new cards in March/April and the rumors (now known to be true) about AMD not releasing a significant new card and rumors flying about Titan (being considerably more powerful than GTX 690 which has been proven false now) is what kept people from buying.
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    Immoral Medic , February 21, 2013 7:28 PM
    The TiTan ripoff isn't going to help either. Good luck selling a bunch of those.
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2013 7:28 PM
    And the fact that AMDs APUs are becoming increasingly popular and aren't counted towards this
  • 9 Hide
    techbaddie , February 21, 2013 7:28 PM
    Good point balister, I agree with that idea as well
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    bigshootr8 , February 21, 2013 7:41 PM
    This shouldn't shock anyone people were feeling that we would get a new series of cards around the 2nd or 3rd quarter of this year. And if that continues to not be the case I would expect the sales to be stagnant for a while.
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    dalethepcman , February 21, 2013 8:05 PM
    discrete gpu = gamer/enthusiast only. Both know better than to buy a new card at the end of the product cycle. The only exception is new builds, but even then if its a team green player, I recommend they buy an el-chepo card to start with and use if to physix.
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    Onus , February 21, 2013 8:18 PM
    I suspect 1Q2013 will be even more dismal, with tax increases, gasoline prices, and general inflation taking bigger bites out of people's budgets.
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    atikkur , February 21, 2013 8:31 PM
    people waiting for the next refreshes or just holding back because this generation gpu is a bit pricey (i am looking at nvidia the most).
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    InvalidError , February 21, 2013 9:02 PM
    otacon72Um popular where?..lol APUs are garbage...it's a made up market by AMD because they lost to intel.

    Gamers represent only about 5% of the overall PC/laptop market.

    Most of the remaining 95% who aren't CAD or animation/video professionals can make-do with IGPs. I expect the percentage of PCs and laptops shipping without discrete GPU to continue increasing sharply with each new IGP generation.
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    dimar , February 21, 2013 9:04 PM
    I'm using GTX 570 and don't see any point to upgrade. Will probably be getting one of nVidia 700 series, or AMD 8000 series.
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    TheMadFapper , February 21, 2013 9:06 PM
    otacon72Um popular where?..lol APUs are garbage...it's a made up market by AMD because they lost to intel.


    AMD cards have superior compute performance. An old @ss AMD card can bend over Kepler in nearly all cases except gaming. (I use Nvidia, not bashing anyone, just stating the facts ma'am)
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    upgrade_1977 , February 21, 2013 9:11 PM
    Spend some money on t.v. advertising. Most average people don't even know what a graphics card is or does.
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    cRACKmONKEY421 , February 21, 2013 10:12 PM
    Now that the bulk of PC games are console ports, it's hard to justify spending so much money on a graphics card for most gamers. When the next generation of consoles is released, us PC gamers will once again need expensive graphics cards just to keep up with a new generation of bad console ports.

    It's sad now how the console world now dictates the future of PC gaming. It was always the other way around for so long.
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    balister , February 21, 2013 10:37 PM
    cutebeansPC gaming = FINISHED.PS4 is here now!


    Hardly, especially considering the PS 4 and, likely, the new XBox will be using off the shelf computer parts, this means it's more likely that PCs will be here for quite some time as the games for the consoles will likely be easily ported to PC and vice versa because of the use of similar parts (the PS 3 and the XBox 360 did not use off the shelf parts and they were painful to develop for initially, especially PS 3).
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    InvalidError , February 21, 2013 10:45 PM
    balisterHardly, especially considering the PS 4 and, likely, the new XBox will be using off the shelf computer parts

    The PS4 will be using a custom APU based on a modified mobile CPU and HD7850-class IGP... that does not quite sound like an off-the-shelf part to me unless AMD plans to make a quad-channel DDR3/DDR4 version of it for desktops/laptops.
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    anxiousinfusion , February 21, 2013 10:47 PM
    cutebeansPC gaming = FINISHED.PS4 is here now!


    Either you're a troll baiting for an argument or you really are a certified idiot.
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    jigawatt , February 21, 2013 10:56 PM
    TheMadFapperAMD cards have superior compute performance.



    Quite a few of their cards also have quite a bit higher power consumption in contrast to Nvidia.
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