As the PC market goes, so goes graphics cards. After “defying gravity” in the third quarter of 2008, the market for graphics processing units (GPUs) came crashing down to earth in the fourth quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research. The industry shipped a total of 72.4 million GPUs in the fourth quarter, compared with 100.5 million in the same quarter a year earlier and 111.3 million in the third quarter. That’s the first time that shipments have dropped from the third quarter to the fourth quarter since the year 2000, though the steep drop-about 35%–was due as much to an unusually strong third quarter as it was to a very tough fourth quarter. Everyone experienced the pain–AMD, Intel and Nvidia all shipped fewer GPUs in the fourth quarter. But after a difficult year, Nvidia started to gain back some share. Both Nvidia and Intel increased shipments of notebook GPUs and gained some market share, while AMD’s share shrunk to 17%–about where it was a year ago. Desktop GPU shipments have been declining overall, but AMD and Nvidia both picked up a little market share from Intel during the fourth quarter. Nvidia now has a much stronger product lineup including the… Read full this story
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