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Nvidia Reports Positive Q4 Results on GPU Sales

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Still making money!

Nvidia may still be without a DirectX 11 part on the market, but it's still reporting good results for its investors. Nvidia this week reported revenue of $982.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 ended Jan. 31, 2010, up 9 percent from the previous quarter and more than double the $481.1 million reported in the same period a year earlier. For the full fiscal year, revenue was $3.3 billion compared with $3.4 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 25, 2009, a decrease of 3 percent.

Quarter on quarter, desktop GPU revenue was up 19 percent, notebook GPU revenue was up 27

percent and Quadro graphics revenue was up 25 percent.

"Nvidia's business continued to accelerate in the fourth quarter, with strong demand in our PC and workstation markets," said Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's president and chief executive officer.

"While the yield of chips made using the latest 40nm process has improved significantly, demand continues to exceed our constrained supply. Looking ahead this year, we are excited to raise the bar again with our next-generation Fermi GPU architecture; our Tegra mobile processor will enable a new class of amazing mobile devices like tablets; and our 3D Vision glasses and accompanying technology will bring a whole new dimension to personal computing."

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    rags_20 , February 20, 2010 12:33 AM
    Why would people buy current Nvidia cards when ATI DirectX cards are already out and Nvidia's Fermi cards are just around the corner?
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    lothdk , February 19, 2010 11:52 PM
    What I am more interested in learning is, when will the first Fermi cards be released?
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    lothdk , February 19, 2010 11:52 PM
    What I am more interested in learning is, when will the first Fermi cards be released?
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    JackNaylorPE , February 20, 2010 12:07 AM
    Have ya read this ?

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20100218124405_Fermi_Architecture_Will_Only_Hit_the_Pull_Stride_Next_Quarter_CEO_of_Nvidia.html
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    pharge , February 20, 2010 12:16 AM
    hmm... that is interesting....

    when I saw this news... there were about 4-5 posts... and when I refreshed it... I only saw 3 left..... and now... only 2....

    Have my eyes gone crazy?... or this is some kind of Tom's hardghost thing?

    hmmm... interesting...

    anyway... back to the news... I will just have to wait and see the final product when it is really available (paper lunch does not count).
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 12:20 AM
    Have ya read this?

    http://www.semiaccurate.com/2010/02/17/nvidias-fermigtx480-broken-and-unfixable/
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    rags_20 , February 20, 2010 12:33 AM
    Why would people buy current Nvidia cards when ATI DirectX cards are already out and Nvidia's Fermi cards are just around the corner?
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    rags_20 , February 20, 2010 12:33 AM
    I meant DirectX 11.
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    vaughn2k , February 20, 2010 12:39 AM

    "Fermi - A unit of length equal to one femtometer (10e15 meter)."

    "Fermi energy- is often, confusingly, used to describe a different but closely-related concept, the Fermi level (also called chemical potential).[1] The Fermi energy and chemical potential are the same at absolute zero"

    Potentially a 10 to the -15 sales this year, or absolute zero sales...
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    XD_dued , February 20, 2010 12:40 AM
    Most people don't even know what directx is. Besides, high end graphics card are only a small fraction of those sold. Nvidia/intel have much better oem support than AMD, so i'm not surprised at this really.
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    OvrClkr , February 20, 2010 12:43 AM
    yes around the corner, hopefully....

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    m-manla , February 20, 2010 12:57 AM
    Tired of hearing about Fermi. Come out with it already! And release a model around $200.
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    Gulli , February 20, 2010 1:01 AM
    rags_20Why would people buy current Nvidia cards when ATI DirectX cards are already out and Nvidia's Fermi cards are just around the corner?


    Fanboyism, and the fact that the name "Nvidia" is more widely known. The only people who have good reason to choose Nvidia are Linux users but they only make up 1% of all users. I find that when I help people pick a card or a pc they've often only heard of Nvidia, not ATI, but once I explain to them that ATI delivers more bang for buck I can usually convince them to go for ATI, saving them money.

    ATI should really do more about PR (and Linux drivers).
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    Gulli , February 20, 2010 1:13 AM
    m-manlaTired of hearing about Fermi. Come out with it already! And release a model around $200.


    That's probably not gonna happen. Btw, if all you want is a $200 card then why would you wait for Nvidia when the HD 5xxx series has been available for months? I'm pretty sure a $200 Geforce 3xx or 4xx series card won't perform better than a $200 ATI card, probably worse.
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    liquidsnake718 , February 20, 2010 2:09 AM
    So many people have been critisizing Nvidia for lackluster sales and no next gen GPU to counter the radeon 5xxx's and DX11 chips but i always new Nvidia had an ace up ther sleeves and were focusing on their mobile and ion counterparts to hit onboard laptops and desktop components which make up a huge segment of NON gamers.... smart marketing tactics to make ATi and its fanboys/kids thing Nvidia will lose in BUSINESS but rather they will have the upper hand in mobile and the onboard market over ATi which has a smaller market segment in that arena.


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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 2:21 AM
    Seeing as how Nvidia's GPU prices for midrange cards jumped 30 or so bucks these past few months, I don't think this is a surprise.
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    r0x0r , February 20, 2010 3:07 AM
    liquidsnake718So many people have been critisizing Nvidia for lackluster sales and no next gen GPU to counter the radeon 5xxx's and DX11 chips but i always new Nvidia had an ace up ther sleeves and were focusing on their mobile and ion counterparts to hit onboard laptops and desktop components which make up a huge segment of NON gamers.... smart marketing tactics to make ATi and its fanboys/kids thing Nvidia will lose in BUSINESS but rather they will have the upper hand in mobile and the onboard market over ATi which has a smaller market segment in that arena.


    True. The hardcore gamers for whom max performance and DX11 is important only make up a small percentage of the market. Still though, it looks good for the company to be faster than the competition, even if it is just a PR stunt (think Lexus LFA; doesn't make money but it makes Lexus look good).

    I'm sure Nvidia is doing just fine with Tegra, ion and all their other technologies.
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    redplanet_returns , February 20, 2010 3:19 AM
    phargehmm... that is interesting.... when I saw this news... there were about 4-5 posts... and when I refreshed it... I only saw 3 left..... and now... only 2....Have my eyes gone crazy?... or this is some kind of Tom's hardghost thing?hmmm... interesting...anyway... back to the news... I will just have to wait and see the final product when it is really available (paper lunch does not count).


    no, ur not seeing things...

    On Topic: the sales result is possibly due to the shortages of the 5000 series chips, that and nvidia doesn't just sell graphic chipsets, but motherboard (nforce, ion) chipsets and mobile graphic cards as well.
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    skittle , February 20, 2010 3:43 AM
    GulliFanboyism, and the fact that the name "Nvidia" is more widely known. The only people who have good reason to choose Nvidia are Linux users but they only make up 1% of all users. I find that when I help people pick a card or a pc they've often only heard of Nvidia, not ATI, but once I explain to them that ATI delivers more bang for buck I can usually convince them to go for ATI, saving them money.ATI should really do more about PR (and Linux drivers).


    Damn right, I love my 4850 on windows, but i primarily run debian x64. Nvidia has excellent linux support, while ATI still doesnt support (ie doesnt work with) xserver 1.7x which has been stable since *october* and 10.2 broke way too many things to count; Nvidia already supports 1.8! I just wish nvidia was a bit cheaper :|
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    hannibal , February 20, 2010 7:44 AM
    Well this is a good news. Fermi is late, but Nvidia still has income from other sectors, if Fermi is not very good economically to them. They can release small number of them, sell those old cheaper card to most people and stay in competition untill Ferni II or what ever the next version of their Flagship GPU will be.
    After Ati 2900 series it did not take too long until they solve their problems. If Nvidia has problems with Ferni, as it seems to be, they have allready the next GPU in line, like every other GPU maker.
    It would be really bad, if Nvidia would be economically in trouble because of Ferni. But it seems to be that we will see some fierce competition in GPU market allso in the future, when lookin these revenues.
    As big ape has said in other forums. This is a race where one manufacturer leaks so time and then the situation normally shift to other direction. So, situation seems to be ok. The better would be at least to very good GPU at the same time, because it would mean cheaper prizes, but this situation that we have now, will not last too long time.
    ATI and Nvidia are egual enough, when Intel and AMD are not because of the size and money they can spent. I am much more conserned CPU situation than GPU situation from the point of competition and customer prizes.
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    hundredislandsboy , February 20, 2010 9:49 AM
    Well if they're making money (unlike most of us who are just spending trying to make ends meet) then they should share the wealth, pass on down some of that cash, show loyaly back, and treat their loyal customers with lower prices. But if the don't, then ATI will keep gaining market share since their cards give more value, Listening NVidia?
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    JohnnyLucky , February 20, 2010 11:25 AM
    I clicked through and read the full report. Looks like gaming is not where the money is at.
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