The latest statistics from analyst firm Jon Peddie Research show that Nvidia reasserted its dominance in the graphics card arena in Q3, moving up to secure a market share of 72.92% (with AMD holding the remaining 27.08%).
That’s represents a 5% increase compared to Q2 where Nvidia held a 67.92% market share, which is a sizeable jump in the space of a single quarter.
The full story here, however, is that Q3 is a traditionally strong quarter for graphics cards, and overall shipment numbers of GPUs were up a good amount with a 6.2% increase compared to the same quarter last year.
So in fact, both firms performed well – it’s just that Nvidia did even better than AMD. Jon Peddie notes that Nvidia was able to ramp up production and ship out more new graphics cards as Q3 rolled around, and this has evidently helped push the company’s success here.
It’s perhaps doubly worrying for AMD, seeing as at the start of Q3 in July, the company launched its new Navi graphics cards, and would doubtless have expected the RX 5700 range to carry the fight to Nvidia.
The apparent trouble is, though, that Nvidia launched more powerful Super spins on its Turing GPUs also starting in July, with Super versions of the RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 – and evidently this strengthening of its line-up was enough to do the trick in combating any threat from AMD’s Navi.
PC-friendly unit shifters
Although the real unit shifters – although not necessarily money-spinners, as we’ll see later – are the more mainstream GTX GPUs on Nvidia’s side of the fence, of course. And perhaps AMD’s real problem is that it still hasn’t got it together to bring out a Navi budget offering, and potential buyers are waiting for these rather than plumping for an older RX 500 series card.
The good news for AMD is that it is poised to bring out the wallet-friendly Radeon RX 5500 Navi card – in fact, this has already been spotted in OEM PCs, although not yet officially released as a standalone consumer GPU….