Jon Peddie Research recently released its GPU market share statistics for the fourth quarter of 2020, which show that NVIDIA was able to send more discrete graphics cards compared to AMD despite ongoing stock / availability issues that have affected all hardware launches since early 2020.
Q4 2020 GPU market share results show NVIDIA gain while AMD loses a bit, Intel gets a large share of the total GPU market share
Looking at the overall market, worldwide GPU shipments increased to 20.5%, marking a growth of 12.4% from the previous year. The research company has predicted that the installed / delivered GPU base will increase to 419 million units during 2020-2025. The PC market is generally showing signs of improvement after the pandemic disrupted global business. Total GPU shipments increased by 20.5% from the previous quarter.
The overall PC market increased by 30.25% quarter on quarter and increased by 35.76% from year to year. via JPR
Intel’s total shipments increased by 20.5%, AMD’s shipments increased by 6.4% while NVIDIA saw a decrease of 7.3%. These are general GPU shipments, and Intel / AMD both had some strong products to offer users with their Renoir and Comet Lake based products. Intel also managed to send much more 14nm desktop processors that have their own integrated graphics solutions, and they are also explained in these figures.
- AMD’s total unit shipments increased by 6.4% quarter on quarter, Intel’s total shipments increased by 33.2% from the previous quarter, and Nvidias decreased by -7.3%.
- GPUs’ total connection speed (which includes integrated and discrete GPUs, desktops, laptops, and workstations) to PCs in the quarter was
- 113%, down -9.2% from the previous quarter.
- The overall PC market increased by 30.25% quarter on quarter and increased by 35.76% from year to year.
- Additional graphics card (AIBs that use discrete GPUs) decreased by -3.90% from the previous quarter.
- Q4’20 increased tablet shipments from the previous quarter.
When looking at the discrete graphics segment, the market segment saw gains with NVIDIA gaining a 2-point market share ahead of AMD. NVIDIA GeForce GPUs now account for 82% of the total GPU market share, while AMD Radeon graphics cards account for 18%. This is a huge increase compared to the previous year where NVIDIA set at 73% discreetly and AMD at 27%. NVIDIA not only launched advanced GeForce RTX 30 GPUs, but has also introduced several standard GPUs in Q1 2021, which will also help them increase their market share in future results.
While NVIDIA and AMD both face serious supply and demand issues, the green team has been able to provide a slightly better flow of their discrete graphics cards compared to AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series. Another contributing factor to NVIDIA’s higher market share gain is due to cryptocurrency operations. NVIDIA has taken steps to counter crypto mining by limiting hash speeds on the upcoming GeForce graphics cards and also announced the CMP series dedicated to the crypto mining segment, but we need to see how it affects market share growth in a few quarters.