A new graph shows Nvidia’s GPU market dominance

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We’ve told you before that Nvidia has a firm death grip on the GPU market, an area where AMD is struggling to breathe. Nvidia holds 76% of the market share and – with AMD’s hesitance to push its R9 300 series of cards out of the gate – it’s a situation that’s just going to worsen for the American semiconductor peddlar. A new graph, by Beyond3D user dbz shows just how bad the situation for AMD is.

Collated from aggregated yearly reports, the graph shows the market share between the battling GPU makers over the past decade or so, littered with information on the releases of specific cards. It shows how Nvidia started pissing away consumer sentiment with its frankly awful FX series of cards, leading AMD to actually grab a larger chunk of the market later on with its X800 Pro – one of the best value for money cards at the time. It came in $100 less than Nvidia’s card, offering very nearly the same performance.

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Nvidia’s market share picked up again with the release of its 7800, and has since remained ahead of AMDs – where it now holds a staggering 76% of the overall GPU business. At this point there’s very little AMD can do to fight back. While its R9 300 series of cards may stop the bleeding for a bit, it won’t be enough to help the company claw back a significant amount of market share.

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Looking at graphs like these, it makes sense why game makers would buy in to implementing NVidia-exclusive technologies for their games.

AMD’s been a bit too quiet with regards to its new cards, though it’s looking increasingly likely that – beyond the high end enthusiast cards – they’re little more than a series of rebrands. AMD just doesn’t have the R&D budget, unfortunately. The company as a whole is doing poorly – a situations that’s not at all been helped by its recent withdraw from the high-density servers market. It’s an area that’s largely failed – and came at great cost to the company. They bought up high density server company, SeaMicro, for $334 million; money that’s essentially been thrown away.

Their withdrawal has, of course, affected stock price with AMD’s stocks dropping nearly 10% since they announced their exit from the market.

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Last Updated: April 20, 2015

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