Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

AMD and NVIDIA Add-in-Board GPU Market Share from 2002 to Q3/2016

The folks over at 3dcenter.org have compiled comprehensive historical GPU AIB market share data for our digestion. While we recently reported on Q3'16 and its comparison to the quarter before and the same period last year, this information spans a near 14 year quarter-on-quarter time frame. The compilers have quite helpfully included points of reference along the timeline which highlight the two major GPU manufacturers milestone desktop product line debuts.

It is worth noting that their exact numbers differ slightly to the ones Jon Peddie Research provided as 3dcenter have also cited the work of Mercury Research, which appears more conservative. The figures provided in their own graph split the difference between the two sources to give us a more impartial look at the market.

Back in 2002, the two GPU manufacturers were in the earlier stages of their rivalry to dominate the desktop graphics card market. A typical PC powered by either would have utilized an "ATI" (Before their purchase by AMD in 06') Radeon 8/9000 Series or GeForce 2 MX/Ti series graphics card. The average amount of on-board video memory was 64 or 128MB accompanied by 2, 4 or if you were lucky, 8 pixel shader units. The most popular screen resolution was 1024x768, and probably on a CRT monitor. Leading API's at the time were DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL 1.3.

Fast forward to anno 2016 and some 10-15 generations of GPU later, your average on-board video memory is closer to 4 or 8GB, and now far more complex clusters of computational units that have superseded shaders number in the thousands. A typical gamers screen resolution is 1920x1080 or in many cases, beyond - not to mention the advent of VR. Both major API's are evolving too, now aiming to have much more efficient low level hardware access and less resource overhead with Microsoft's DirectX 12 and the Successor to OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan.
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45 Comments on AMD and NVIDIA Add-in-Board GPU Market Share from 2002 to Q3/2016

#1
natr0n
I like how anno is a popular word now. Is this guru3d ?
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#2
ShurikN
The stagnation form HD7000 to R300 shows its toll
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#3
chaosmassive
ShurikN, post: 3559556, member: 140585"
The stagnation form HD7000 to R300 shows its toll
that's what you got if you try to rebrand same things, especially twice !
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#4
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
chaosmassive, post: 3559566, member: 159641"
that's what you got if you try to rebrand same things, especially twice !
Um...You should look a little harder into the history of nvidia cards there bud.
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#5
ShurikN
cdawall, post: 3559572, member: 28601"
Um...You should look a little harder into the history of nvidia cards there bud.
Yet they weren't punished. Even when AMD had a much more superior card like the HD5000 series, they still couldn't take back the market share.
>Marketing
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#6
alucasa
It takes a while for a giant to degrade. Nvidia was too big to go down quickly and made comebacks to keep the lead.

It takes a midget far more efforts as well as consistency to overcome a giant.
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#7
Patriot
ShurikN, post: 3559574, member: 140585"
Yet they weren't punished. Even when AMD had a much more superior card like the HD5000 series, they still couldn't take back the market share.
>Marketing
Yup... Weren't punished for woodscrews, driver killing gfx cards 2 or 3 times now.... and gtx970 false advertising.
Hell, people even insist they have better drivers AFTER 3 incidents of them killing cards.
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#8
Prima.Vera
natr0n, post: 3559537, member: 102496"
I like how anno is a popular word now. Is this guru3d ?
We are revitalizing Latin bro ;):laugh:
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#9
refillable
I hope it's going to go back to 50:50
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#10
ShurikN
refillable, post: 3559597, member: 106217"
I hope it's going to go back to 50:50
If AMD can get 40:60 (in favor of nV) after Vega, I'd call that a huge win.
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#11
Prima.Vera
Starting from 2004, AMD went down bigtime... Sad.
Just look at those charts from the past 2 years. 80% nVidia ??? Holly molly macaroni.
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#12
ViperXTR
The GeForce 6 and Radeon X800 era, ah good times, nvidia comeback from the terrible FX series and ATi still pushing SM2.0 and saying meh to SM3.0
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#13
john_
I expected that with HD 4870 and HD 4850 AMD would have gained more market share back then, but it seems that people where hypnotized with the Nvidia logo much earlier than what I thought.
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#14
BiggieShady
john_, post: 3559640, member: 137560"
I expected that with HD 4870 and HD 4850 AMD would have gained more market share back then, but it seems that people where hypnotized with the Nvidia logo much earlier than what I thought.
That was the time when I changed sides for a while first time after Ati 9000 series, I bought HD 4870 and would have kept it if the drivers were better at that times (i had too many CTDs in too many games).
So I wouldn't say people were hypnotized, people try to switch sides all the time and they change their minds (or not) for whatever reason.
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#15
bug
cdawall, post: 3559572, member: 28601"
Um...You should look a little harder into the history of nvidia cards there bud.
Never in their history have Nvidia offered cards from 3 generations branded together, like AMD did with their 200 and 300 series, for example. Nvidia did launch 2 or in one instance 3 lineups based on the same microarchitecture, but imho that's far more confusing than the Kinder Surprise approach of AMD.
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#16
john_
bug, post: 3559656, member: 157434"
Never in their history have Nvidia offered cards from 3 generations branded together, like AMD did with their 200 and 300 series, for example. Nvidia did launch 2 or in one instance 3 lineups based on the same microarchitecture, but imho that's far more confusing than the Kinder Surprise approach of AMD.
8000 series
9000 series
and then the GTS 250.

400 series/500 series

600 series/700 series

My favorite example
GT 730. Three different models, with different buses, different memories, different GPUs under the same name with NO identification for someone who doesn't know about GPUs. That's the DEFINITION OF KINDER SURPRISE.
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#17
Prima.Vera
john_, post: 3559640, member: 137560"
I expected that with HD 4870 and HD 4850 AMD would have gained more market share back then, but it seems that people where hypnotized with the Nvidia logo much earlier than what I thought.
Back then, I had a 4870X2, then bought a 5870 after the card broke due faulty cooler, and never payed attention to nGreedia. Then AMD start to release new shitty cards and expensive re-brands after rebrands, so then my next card was a 780Ti. Yeah, I was holding onto my 5870 that long :) :)
Definitely I can say that the current market share status is 100% sharp AMD's fault. ENTIRELY!
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#18
john_
Prima.Vera, post: 3559665, member: 98685"
Back then, I had a 4870X2, then bought a 5870 after the card broke due faulty cooler, and never payed attention to nGreedia. Then AMD start to release new shitty cards and expensive re-brands after rebrands, so then my next card was a 780Ti. Yeah, I was holding onto my 5870 that long :) :)
Definitely I can say that the current market share status is 100% sharp AMD's fault. ENTIRELY!
It shows how much AMD depends on good processors. GPUs and especially semi customs did kept the company alive those last years, but without income from CPUs and APUs, they can't do anything. That's why, in my opinion, they could only offer two small GPUs this year. No money for more R&D. probably that's why the Fury cards where not what people where hoping. Two Tonga's glued together, they did had limitations, even with the HBM bandwidth in their disposal. AMD needs Zen and also needs Zen based APUs to start making more money. After that we can expect better GPUs from them, in 2018 maybe and less rebrading. Of course rebrading will not go away with all that slow down in PC market, but I believe it will be much less compared to today and probably targeting more the OEM market.
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#19
Ubersonic
Prima.Vera, post: 3559619, member: 98685"
Starting from 2004, AMD went down bigtime... Sad.
Just look at those charts from the past 2 years. 80% nVidia ??? Holly molly macaroni.
The sad thing is, that was even with Bitcoin propping up AMD, if it hadn't been for that then the nosedive would have started 3-4 years ago :(
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#20
Fluffmeister
Heh, seems the last time I owned a ATi card was when they had the better product and in turn the most market share.
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#21
bug
john_, post: 3559662, member: 137560"
8000 series
9000 series
and then the GTS 250.

400 series/500 series

600 series/700 series

My favorite example
GT 730. Three different models, with different buses, different memories, different GPUs under the same name with NO identification for someone who doesn't know about GPUs. That's the DEFINITION OF KINDER SURPRISE.
Nvidia 8000, 9000, 200 - Tesla.
Nvidia 400, 500 - Fermi.
Nvidia 600, 700 - Kepler (with the 750Ti Maxwell starring as the red headed step-child)
Nvidia 900 - Maxwell
Nvidia 1000 - Pascal

Let's take a look at the red camp now
AMD HD7000 - GCN 1.0 & 1.1
AMD Rx200 - GCN 1.0, 1.1 & 1.2
AMD Rx300 - GCN 1.0, 1.1 & 1.2

So really, you can look at this any way you want. Imho, Nvidia at least looks like it's mimicking intel's tick-tock and AMD is worse, because unless you're buying the most expensive parts it pretty much guarantees you're getting an older design/process.

*I've only included retail desktop parts, because OEM and laptop parts are a mess in both camps.
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#22
Brusfantomet
bug, post: 3559685, member: 157434"
Nvidia 8000, 9000, 200 - Tesla.
G92 used in:
8800GTS
9600GTX
GTS250

That is as bad as AMD have been, yet because of the Nvidia marketing it started the Ati/AMD decline.
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#23
Ubersonic
Brusfantomet, post: 3559697, member: 104119"
G92 used in:
8800GTS
9600GTX
GTS250

That is as bad as AMD have been, yet because of the Nvidia marketing it started the Ati/AMD decline.
It was actually worse than that, 8800GTS > 9800GTX > 9800GTX+ > GTS250 > GTS250G

Five different cards officially marketed by Nvidia using the same chip.

And if that wasn't comical enough, Chinese vendors took it to the next level by bringing the chip back in 2014 for their knock off GTX780 cards XD
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#24
Tomorrow
Brusfantomet, post: 3559697, member: 104119"
G92 used in:
8800GTS
9600GTX
GTS250

That is as bad as AMD have been, yet because of the Nvidia marketing it started the Ati/AMD decline.
Who could forget the legendary G92!

Im using one of these GPU-s as my keychain (just the silicon - not the entire card).
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#25
john_
bug, post: 3559685, member: 157434"
Nvidia 8000, 9000, 200 - Tesla.
Nvidia 400, 500 - Fermi.
Nvidia 600, 700 - Kepler (with the 750Ti Maxwell starring as the red headed step-child)
Nvidia 900 - Maxwell
Nvidia 1000 - Pascal

Let's take a look at the red camp now
AMD HD7000 - GCN 1.0 & 1.1
AMD Rx200 - GCN 1.0, 1.1 & 1.2
AMD Rx300 - GCN 1.0, 1.1 & 1.2

So really, you can look at this any way you want. Imho, Nvidia at least looks like it's mimicking intel's tick-tock and AMD is worse, because unless you're buying the most expensive parts it pretty much guarantees you're getting an older design/process.

*I've only included retail desktop parts, because OEM and laptop parts are a mess in both camps.
Nvidia is doing it with it's pockets full. AMD's pockets are full of debts. I love how people don't give any excuses to a company that is fighting two fronts, at the same time, against stronger companies and with billions in debts and at the same time they will find plenty of excuses for companies that have the upper hand and billions of cash to spare. And as always the GT730 example is ignored because (usual excuse) it can't run modern titles at 4K @60fps with everything at ultra. I mean we have an example where a company sells three totally different cards under the same name, and NO ONE CARES. But AMD, that sells cards under different names and at price points where the cards are competitive if not better value options, it's guilty.

Anyway I stop here before a certain moderator starts getting worried.
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