The graphics firm says sales of notebook GPUs increased 120% year-over-year, while desktop GPUs increased 33%.
The Santa Clara, Calif., company rang up $1.12 billion in sales in the three months ended October 28, a 19% sequential increase that crushed the company's own guidance of 5% to 7% growth as well as Wall Street's expectation of $1.01 billion.
The booming demand for graphics processors appears to have surprised Nvidia, which had cautioned that business might begin to cool in the third quarter.
"Our concerns at the beginning of the quarter as to the sustainability of strength we saw in Q2 never manifested," Chief Financial Officer Marvin Burkett told investors in a post-earnings conference call.
And Burkett said the company was largely able to overcome manufacturing limitations during the third quarter, although he noted that Nvidia is still unable to produce enough of certain types of chips to meet demand.