In yesterday's conference call, NVIDIA said it expects the discrete GPU market will prosper for years to come. Despite all challenges, the GPU maker does not believe it will face any problems with standalone GPUs thanks to the booming PC gaming market and the increased use of GPUs in productivity applications.
“The discrete GPU market has been growing for us 12% CAGR over the last four – five years. We see no reason why it is going to stop. The reason for that is because we are making the GPU more useful over time. Four years ago no one spoke of using GPUs for general-purpose computing. Four years ago no one spoke of using GPUs to accelerate digital content creation applications. Four years ago no one spoke about putting GPUs in servers. […] We have expanded the reach of GPUs into non-PC devices,” said Rob Csongor, vice president of investor relations at Nvidia, during the quarterly conference call with financial analysts.
Today, companies like Cisco, IBM, Dell, HP, all are shipping servers with GPUs inside. Those servers are aimed for high-performance technical computing, cloud computing, Big Data and many other purposes. In addition, graphics processing units (GPUs) these days also accelerate many consumer and professional applications, which means that if someone needs truly high performance, he or she will have to buy a discrete graphics card.