AMD crows over Intel in graphics war

AMD staged a counter attack in the graphics chip market last quarter and stole market share from Intel and Nvidia.

According to Jon Peddie Research, Intel continues to dominate the field with a 59.1 percent share of the market.

But Intel has lost a percentage point to AMD and is down to 60.4 percent. That is still better than it was last year, when it was 52.5 percent.

The report is being seen as proof of the power of integrated graphics and the fact Nvidia is not doing so well is because it ditched the idea to focus on discrete graphics. Nvidia dropped less than half a percentage point from 16.1 percent in Q3 to 15.7 percent in Q4.

AMD was the only major GPU player to increase its graphics chip market share. It ended the quarter with a 24.8 percent share, up from 23 percent in Q3.

But things on the graphics market are not that wonderful. JPR points out that Q4 graphics shipments dropped 10.4 percent over last quarter. But, for the entire year, GPU shipments are up 8.9 percent.

Discrete GPU shipments declined 12 percent from last quarter and were down nearly 3.5 percent compared to last year. Which is making Nvidia’s cunning plan to only make discrete graphics look a little odd.

JPR doesn’t take into account technology such as mobile phones, X86 Servers, ARM based tablets, “Smartbooks”, or ARM based Servers which use Nvidia’s Tegra chips.