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Nvidia’s PC GPU share growing; Intel’s shrinking

Nvidia’s PC GPU share growing; Intel’s shrinking

GPUs will have a CAGR of -1.1% during 2020–2025 and reach an installed base of 3,249 million units at the end of the forecast period.

Over the next five years, the penetration of discrete GPUs (dGPU) in the PC will grow to reach a level of 31%.

AMD’s overall market share percentage from last quarter increased 1.4%, Intel’s market share decreased by -6.2%, and Nvidia’s market share increased 4.86%, as indicated in the following chart.

Nvidia’s PC GPU share growing; Intel’s shrinking

Figure 1: Quarterly shipments and market share percentages and year-to-year results

Overall GPU unit shipments decreased by -18.2% from last quarter, AMD shipments decreased by -11.4%, Intel’s shipments decreased by -25.6%, and Nvidia’s shipments increased 8.0%.

Quick highlights

  • The GPU’s overall attach rate (which includes integrated and discrete GPUs, desktop, notebook, and workstations) to PCs for the quarter was 125%, up 7.6% from last quarter.
  • The overall PC CPU market decreased by -23.1% quarter-to-quarter and increased 9.2% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs that use discrete GPUs) increased by 10.9% from the last quarter.
  • This quarter saw a -6.9% change in tablet shipments from last quarter.

The third quarter used to be the strongest relative to Q2, but recessions and pandemics have scrambled seasonality. Even so, this quarter was the lowest ever, from the previous quarter. This quarter was down -18.2% from last quarter which way is below the 10-year average of -5.2%.

GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market because a GPU goes into a system before the suppliers ship the PC. Most of the Semiconductor vendors are guiding up for the next quarter, an average of 2.7%. Last quarter they guided -1.5% which was too high.

Average selling prices remain high as supply is still constrained.

The low-end of the notebook market is saturated with Chromebooks resulting in an ironic inventory buildup during a short-supply situation.

Q2’20 Q2’21 Q3’21
AMD 20% 17% 17%
Nvidia 80% 83% 83%
Table 1: PC dGPU shipment market shares

The discrete notebook market has benefited and suffered due to COVID. Notebook sales surged as people stayed home to work. Then Chromebooks took off and undermined the low-end of notebooks GPUs. It will take until Q1 ’22 to get back to normal, if then.

Jon Peddie, President of JPR, noted, “Covid continues to unbalance the fragile supply chain that relied too heavily upon a just-in-time strategy. We don’t expect to see a stabilized supply chain until the end of 2022. In the meantime, there will be some surprises.”