Discrete video card sales slightly less high than Q1 2021

Posted on Thursday, September 02 2021 @ 22:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Jon Peddie Research has fresh analysis about the discrete video card market. After big sales growth in the previous quarters, video card sales slightly decelerated in Q2 2021. The research agency estimates $11.8 billion worth of GPUs exchanged hands in Q2 2021, down 5 percent versus the previous quarter but still up a massive 179 percent versus the same quarter a year earlier.
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Jon Peddie Research, unit shipments of add-in boards increased in Q2'21 from last year, while Nvidia increased market share to 80% from last quarter a 0.3% increase as well as 2% year-over-year.. Over $11.8 billion AIBs shipped in the quarter—an increase of 179% year-over-year. Market value of AIBs over time

Add-in boards (AIBs) use discrete GPUs (dGPU) with dedicated memory. Desktop PCs, workstations, servers, rendering and mining farms, and scientific instruments use AIBs. Consumers and enterprises buy AIBs from resellers or OEMs. They can be part of a new system or installed as an upgrade to an existing system. Systems with AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry. Entry-level systems use integrated GPUs (iGPU) in CPUs that share slower system memory.

The trend of quarterly AIB sales had been steady to trending slightly down since the crypto madness of the last few years has waned. However, due to the pandemic and the rise in popularity of esports, AMD and Nvidia have been reporting record game segment revenues.

Considering these trends and the addition of Intel into the AIB market we see positive signs overall for the industry.

Both AMD and Nvidia enjoyed an increase in Desktop dGPU shipments year-over-year, and slight decreases from Q1, which could be seen as normal seasonality.

On a year-to-year basis, we found total AIB shipments during the quarter rose 13.4%, that is greater than desktop CPUs, which rose 8.0% from the same quarter a year ago.

The PC AIB market currently has two dGPU suppliers, which also build and sell AIBs. The primary suppliers of GPUs are AMD and Nvidia. There are 54 AIB suppliers. They are the AIB OEM customers of the two major GPU suppliers, which they call “partners.” Some of the AIB suppliers offer AMD and Nvidia-based products, and others provide only one or the other.

The AIB market reached $29 billion last year. We forecast it to be $44.1 billion by 2023. Intel’s entry into the market could, due to the strength of their brand and position with OEMs, create an increase the unit shipments and TAM Since 1981, 2,094 million AIBs have been shipped.

This quarter is normally down from the previous quarters. This quarter it was down -2.9% from the last quarter. That is above the ten-year average of -9.7% which is a little lower when compared to the desktop CPU market, which increased 1.2% from the last quarter.
JPR AIB market Q2 2021

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