Market research firm Jon Peddie Research released a Report This week claimed that the GPU market shipped 101 million units in Q4 2021, up 0.8% from Q3 2021. JPR forecasts an annual growth rate of 4.5% through 2025 as supply slowly begins to meet demand over the next few years.
According to reports, AMD’s GPU unit shipments increased by 4.7% overall, Nvidia fell by 2.2%, and Intel’s shipments increased by 0.6%, a very small increase. These include discrete and integrated GPUs available in pre-built PCs, laptops and tablets, as well as GPUs sold separately.
We’ve noted before that the only way to make sure you get a video card yourself is to go the pre-built PC route, but even these units can have long lead times.
Despite the decline, Nvidia’s share of the discrete graphics market remains high at 81% (down from 83%), ahead of AMD’s 19% (up from 17%). We’re still waiting on Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs later this year to see if that changes the balance of power. The report blamed the poor performance on shortages of parts, capacitors and other factors at suppliers.
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“Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 and Intel’s manufacturing difficulties exacerbated supply chain disruptions, making forecasting exceptionally challenging,” said JPR President Jon Peddie. This reporting period, the world is facing unrest in Ukraine and the continued mutation of the virus, coupled with a chaotic workforce and new workplace norms. The forecast for the rest of the year is confusing and unexpected.”
The report also noted that despite a modest 3% increase in the previous quarter, the PC CPU market took a hit, with shipments down 21% year over year. Industry leaders such as AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su are optimistic that supply chain issues will improve in the second half of the year as the logistical impasse is resolved.