Graphics card shipments up 2.5 percent in second quarter

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Intel increases share, says Jon Preddie

Shipments for graphics cards grew in the second quarter despite a tough PC market, with Intel increasing its lead thanks to Sandy Bridge sales.

According to figures from chip analyst firm Jon Preddie Research, shipments of integrated and discrete graphics cards increased 2.5 percent sequentially, up 5.5 percent from the same point last year.

Intel was the main beneficiary of the increase in shipments, with 7.8 percent growth during the quarter.  This meant gains in the desktop market of 13.6 percent, and an increase of 3.8 percent in the notebook market, mainly on sales of Sandy Bridge chips. Overall Intel had a 62 percent share of the market.

AMD meanwhile saw a 22.7 percent market share, down slightly from the previous quarter, with 7.5 percent less units shifted.

Nvidia saw a mixed bag of results increasing discrete graphics card shipments in the notebook market by 6 percent, but dropping 10.4 percent in desktops.  Overall it accounted for 14.8 percent of the market down slightly from the preceding quarter as Intel took more market share.

For the market as a whole, the total number of graphics cards shipped during the quarter reached 118 million units, down from 126 million the preceding quarter.

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