Research company Jon Peddie Research has published a report on the state of the graphics solutions market in the fourth quarter of 2017 and for the entire 2017.
It is noted that in the fourth quarter of 2017 it was recorded reduction in the volume of the GPU: by 1.5% compared to the previous quarter and by 4.8% compared to the same period last year. At the same time, supplies of desktop graphics devices decreased by 2%, and shipments of mobile notebook solutions by 7%.
Throughout 2017, more than 363 million graphics devices were sold. Also, more than 3 million additional cards with discrete GPUs were sold for the needs of crypto-currency miners (4.62% down on the previous quarter) for $ 776 million. Most of the sales of these devices come from AMD.
Compared to the previous quarter , in the fourth quarter of 2017, AMD was able to increase its market share, while Intel and NVIDIA, on the contrary, lost part of the market. If we compare the figures of the same period of the previous year, the share of AMD decreased slightly, Intel’s share decreased more significantly, and the share of NVIDIA increased. Specific indicators are presented in the table.
The study shows the penetration rate of GPUs into computers. In the fourth quarter of 2017, it was 134% (the figure is more than 100%, since one computer can use both a graphics solution integrated into the processor and a discrete graphics card). Compared to the previous quarter, this indicator decreased by 10.06%. This indicates a decrease in the number of discrete video cards in computers. In fact, in the reporting quarter, discrete video cards were installed in 36.88% of computers sold, which is 2.67% less than the previous quarter.
As for the entire computer market, in the fourth quarter of 2017 the volume of PC shipments increased by 5.93% compared to the previous quarter, but decreased by 0.15% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.
Jon Peddie Research notes that games were and remain the main driving force behind the GPU market. Crypto-currency majors create additional demand. At the same time, it is expected that in the future the demand for video cards among the miners will decrease, which is caused by a decrease in the profitability of mining. However, it is not worth to expect any decline in the prices of video cards in the near future.