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AMD Expected to Reach 40% GPU Market Share in 6 Months

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 70 comments

Analysts predict that AMD will hit a 40 percent GPU market share in the next six months.

Recently, AMD launched its new Radeon R9 290X graphics card that has left many of us quite amazed. Following the launch, Nvidia struck back with some price drops, but that hasn't stopped analysts from coming up with a rather impressive figure. While it is known that analysts are often rather conservative about AMD's performance, there are a couple who have predicted that AMD will reach a 40 percent market share in graphics cards over the next six months.

AMD had announced that it has managed to make a net profit of $48 million over Q3 2013. This even accounts for drops in notebook-related sales and reduced GPU sales. According to the report from DigiTimes, the reason AMD managed to make a profit is due to sales from customized products and stable desktop sales.

A healthy and strong AMD is good for competition, which will only benefit the consumer.

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    eklipz330 , November 2, 2013 6:34 PM
    what is this BS about bad drivers i'm literally ALWAYS reading about for AMD. i've had like one driver problem like 5 years ago, and it was MY fault. i don't understand.

    gtx 780 at $500 is an excellent price. but people like the top commenter of course wouldn't mind getting shafted an extra several hundred dollars as long as it has a green logo on it. wait till 290 and 290x aftermarket cards. we'll talk then.
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    m32 , November 2, 2013 6:37 PM
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    Their products are loud hot and noisy and 50 dollars more than the gtx 780. Who wants to put up with that for a 10% performance increase? No thanks I'll take a 500 dollar gtx 780 any day. And let's not even get into driver performance.



    Everyone forgive this man! His wallet was raped for 7+ months by Nvidia. He thinks all Nvidia graphics cards were always a bargain. He forgets all about the original asking price. We forgive you.... but your wallet shall not.

    Take care young man.... take care.
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    julianbautista87 , November 2, 2013 6:05 PM
    if we had this kind of competition in the processor market... I wanted to buy the i7 3770 for my pc a year and half ago, but I chose to wait for a price drop... the price not only didn-t drop, but it actually rose !!!
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    bluekoala , November 2, 2013 6:09 PM
    AMD will catch up in the CPU segment. 2 things are bound to happen. Intel brings out a CPU that has awesome performance, or better prices for everyone. In either case, I keep supporting AMD, even if it means intel consumers and fanboys reap the rewards. Oh, and a FX-6350 is by no means a bad CPU.
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    julianbautista87 , November 2, 2013 6:12 PM
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    Their products are loud hot and noisy and 50 dollars more than the gtx 780. Who wants to put up with that for a 10% performance increase? No thanks I'll take a 500 dollar gtx 780 any day. And let's not even get into driver performance.


    Drivers issues? try a gtx 560ti, I have one and its driving me crazy!!! I even reinstalled windows but I keep receiving crashes and messages like "the nvidia controller stopped working" from time to time. I miss my old hd 6850, the only problem with that card was that I couldnt play Age of empires 2 because of the water glitch... :( 
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    Platinum Era , November 2, 2013 6:18 PM
    Thank God Nvidia won't be raping our wallets as bad for the time being.
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    eklipz330 , November 2, 2013 6:34 PM
    what is this BS about bad drivers i'm literally ALWAYS reading about for AMD. i've had like one driver problem like 5 years ago, and it was MY fault. i don't understand.

    gtx 780 at $500 is an excellent price. but people like the top commenter of course wouldn't mind getting shafted an extra several hundred dollars as long as it has a green logo on it. wait till 290 and 290x aftermarket cards. we'll talk then.
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    m32 , November 2, 2013 6:37 PM
    Quote:
    Their products are loud hot and noisy and 50 dollars more than the gtx 780. Who wants to put up with that for a 10% performance increase? No thanks I'll take a 500 dollar gtx 780 any day. And let's not even get into driver performance.



    Everyone forgive this man! His wallet was raped for 7+ months by Nvidia. He thinks all Nvidia graphics cards were always a bargain. He forgets all about the original asking price. We forgive you.... but your wallet shall not.

    Take care young man.... take care.
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    Sigmanick , November 2, 2013 6:44 PM
    "Who wants to put up with that for a 10% performance increase"

    The same type of person who would pay $1K for an Nvidia Titan.
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    aggroboy , November 2, 2013 6:49 PM
    People who keep regurgitating long-resolved driver and heat issues are spreading FUD with malicious intent.

    290x reference card works just fine, and I haven't had a driver issue since HD4000 series.
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    cmi86 , November 2, 2013 6:51 PM
    I agree with eklipz330 that I don't understand what all this "AMD has bad drivers" talk is all about. Within memory I cannot recall any instance where I have had a driver related performance issue with an AMD card. CF was buggy and still needs a little work but that could honestly be my only gripe and that gripe is fixed for 99.9% of CF users. I can however remember a certain GPU manufacturer releasing their 196.75 driver back in 2010 that killed a massive amount of GPU's and if that wasn't enough it seems that the 320.18 release in May 2013 is also well known for killing cards. I have not personally experienced issues with either companies drivers but can confidently say I have heard a lot more about compatibility/stability issues on nvidia platforms.
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    tomfreak , November 2, 2013 6:53 PM
    Quote:
    Their products are loud hot and noisy and 50 dollars more than the gtx 780. Who wants to put up with that for a 10% performance increase? No thanks I'll take a 500 dollar gtx 780 any day. And let's not even get into driver performance.
    Wasnt this the same when GTX480/580 out?

    seriously reference GTX480 hot and noisy also + $50 for 10% performance backthen. Driver on AMD are as good as Nvidia, better sometimes(no crashing like Nvidia 320.)

    I repeat again, IT is a reference card. DEAL with it. Dont like it? wait for custom card.
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    cmi86 , November 2, 2013 6:56 PM
    BTW Laststop311 the 290X is stomping 780's and titans not even running at full clocks, wait till some 3rd part cooling solutions start coming around and this thing runs at full clocks all the time, maybe even overclocks. The difference is going to be a lot more than 10%. I don't care if the 290X is $50 more now because it is still faster by a considerable amount and that price drop just goes to show that Nvidia was intentionally raping us and that's good business in my eyes.
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    Lessthannil , November 2, 2013 7:11 PM
    This isn't suprising, given the popularity of AMD APUs.

    NVIDIA simply doesn'tr try in low end GPUs anymore for good reason; its hard to make money off of it if you dont putit with a CPU on the die, it seems like.

    Ignoring all of the doom and gloom about NVIDA, this isn't actually a problem with "price gouging/raping". NVIDIA charges the price that they do because they are a business who is trying to make money while paying the high price of R&D and maintaining good drivers.
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    thechief73 , November 2, 2013 7:12 PM
    I was from the first time I read it and am still wondering were this AMD driver hate thing is coming from as well. NEVER have I had an issue that wasn't from me trying to OC my GPU too high. From my first X800 PRO to 7970 OC, not one driver issue... Makes me wonder if its operator error. Same for the complaints about the switch from monthly to roughly quarterly driver releases to provide more mature(quality) coded drivers. Now that makes no sense. So far AMD has been quick to release Beta's to solve issues with newly released games.

    Side note: I hope this isn't coming from the same analyst saying PC's will "Cease to be Important Game Platform".
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    JackNaylorPE , November 2, 2013 7:12 PM
    Real competition woulds be great for the consumer as we saw with the $150 price drop on the 780s this week. No use complaining about prices .... welcome to capitalism 101 ..... in the absence of competition, prices stay high. The guy / gal who gets the gold at the Olympics makes millions, silver goes home and works at an insurance company.

    As a side note, for whatever reason, newegg is not offering the $100 shield discount that was part of the promo .... at least not as yet.

    However, before we all get too excited about competition making lower prices an every day thing, be nice to see the breakout..... for example, how much of that 40% is left after subtracting "console sales", other niches and and how much is PC GFX cards.

    It's certainly not 40% in GFX cards or I'd think we 'd see at least 1 AMD card in the top ten and more than 2 in the top 20.... AMD makes their first appearance at 14th in most cards hitting steam servers.

    http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/

    The 290x is a start .... now they need to finish fixing CF and come up with answers to Lightboost, G-sync, Shadowplay ...





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    heero yuy , November 2, 2013 7:31 PM
    I also do not understand where this "amd has bad drivers" thing has come from
    I have only had issues with AMD drivers because I was using an old ATI card on windows 7
    NVidia on the other hand... It was ok with the 275 but then I updated the drivers and it started constantly crashing and then I got the 295 that was constantly at around 70 degrees on both cards (C that is not F)

    and my 7970 out performs my friends 680 in most things (both cards overclocked although I managed to get a much better overclock than the 680 the only things it does not perform better in are games optimised for NVidia)
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    shinkueagle , November 2, 2013 7:37 PM
    @laststop311 Fanboy speak anyone... LOL! HATERS GONNA HATE!
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    Gurg , November 2, 2013 7:44 PM
    Once I see a Gigabyte Windforce 290x OC edition for sale I'm definitely in. Meanwhile prices of the inferior 780s are falling like rocks. $519 on Amazon. Down almost a third and the 290x with good coolers aren't even available yet.

    I'm skeptical of heat and noise numbers with stock cooling systems and without some pictures or indications of case, airflow and cpu cooling. At worst case the true enthusiast can always tie strap a Kuhler 620 closed loop cooler onto the gpu card and the cooling and noise issues will most likely be gone. .
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    JackNaylorPE , November 2, 2013 7:58 PM
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    Meanwhile prices of the inferior 780s are falling like rocks. $519 on Amazon. Down almost a third and the 290x with good coolers aren't even available yet.
    and noise issues will most likely be gone. .


    In other words, just like the 7xxx series when 6xx series hit and again when 7xx series hit ? .... price drop is 23% by the way.

    This is nothing new .... happens every year when the new stuff comes out. Every time the response is "the other GFX company will crumble now" only to see everyone's fortunes reverse a few weeks / months later when the other guys stuff comes out.

    As long as they keep leap frogging one another, we all win.
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    giovanni86 , November 2, 2013 8:41 PM
    Waiting on Maxwell 2nd iteration of it. I give AMD credit, and have boosted all my friends who already had Radeon cards to upgrade to the 290x. I did my good deed for the year.
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