The graphics card market is before major changes and as the assortment of processors with integrated graphics circuits increase the sales of discrete graphics card will decrease. An effect that have already started to show where not only NVIDIA but also AMD are losing market shares, despite the APU venture from the latter. The winner is not surprisingly Intel.
AMD have two different processor series out on the market where it has baked in powerful graphics circuits into the processor. The AMD E series and A series have sold well and covered up some of the losses of discrete graphics cards. According to Gartner graphics card sales in Q2 are nowhere near enough. AMD is actually the one that has lost the most shares, closely followed by NVIDIA that are also in the red.
Note that the table does not separate the kinds of GPUs that are shipped.
Intel looks like the big winner and has increased its sales of GPUs with 19.6% in Q2. When we say graphics and Intel in the same sentence it is regularly chipsets and integrated graphics circuits. Solutions that just Intel, AMD and VIA/S3 offer today. Even if Intel is the big winner so it is worth mentioning that there is 1.6 graphics cards sold for every PC. This does not only show that user rely on SLI and CrossFire and that many computers with Intel processors also use a discrete graphics card.
There was a total of 140 million graphics capable circuits in Q2, an increase of 22 million unit from last year. Even if these numbers are not very precise with a lot of processors being sold with graphics inside, but is is a sign of where the graphics market is heading.
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