ATI pulls ahead of Nvidia in discrete graphics sales for second quarter

ATI pulls ahead of Nvidia in discrete graphics sales for second quarter

Summary: ATI discrete graphics cards outshipped rival Nvidia's in the second quarter of 2010, according to a new report.

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While AMD still has a ways to go to chip away at Intel's dominance in processors, its ATI brand has managed what seemed nearly impossible a couple of years ago: Its discrete graphics cards outshipped rival Nvidia's in the second quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Mercury Research.

A year ago, Nvidia stood atop ATI with a 59 percent share of the discrete graphics market, but now the tables have been turned. In Q2, ATI had 51 percent of the market, which isn't a huge lead, but is a significant swing in its direction. A lot of this can be attributed to the release of new Radeon 5000 series hardware at the beginning of the year, while Nvidia was still prepping cards using its new Fermi technology.

The third quarter could see Nvidia regain the lead thanks to its new Fermi boards, though the company did suffer a blow when Apple recently updated its Mac Pro desktops and made ATI the only graphics option. Because of the dominance of its integrated GPU, Intel still leads the overall graphics market with a 54.3 percent share, but AMD has a bigger lead over Nvidia following Intel (24.5 percent versus 19.8 percent).

[Via CNET]

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  • RE: ATI pulls ahead of Nvidia in discrete graphics sales for second quarter

    And ATI is still waaaay better at integrated graphics than Intel. Personally I would never buy nVidia because of the drivers. ATI's drivers are way better and more consistant.
    bvonr@...
    • Agreed

      @bvonr@...
      ATi is not perfect, nor are their drivers. But they are definitely ahead of nVidia's drivers, give better bang for buck, and stomp all over Intel's pathetic integrated rubbish.
      naibeeru
  • RE: ATI pulls ahead of Nvidia in discrete graphics sales for second quarter

    Once AMD got rid of their incompetent CEO and replaced him with a Tech genious (who was initially responsible for AMD's Athlon CPU's), their direction changed. Most "Tech" people know what AMD/ATI is capable of----only the idiots at Wall Street haven't a clue. That shouldn't surprise anyone. And, don't count AMD out on the CPU battle front either! Intel may have "faster" CPU's, but AMD's solutions do the exact same things as the Intels--but for a much cheaper price. AMD is NOT that much slower either as independent testing has observed. AMD is being very secretive with their future "Roadmap" so I wouldn't be surprised to see another "Athlon-like" surprise in the works. Intel will not be happy, but then again, Intel isn't happy now because they can't continue to bully Manufacture's away from using AMD products. AMD's integrated graphics put Intel's to shame also. Time will tell, but it should be very interesting and I have my money bet on AMD.
    warnerpeter@...
  • What happened to nVidia pulling the pin on discrete?

    I clearly remember reading an article on Zdnet about nVidia supposedly pulling the pin on their mid-range & entry-level discrete cards - did they change their minds, then?
    naibeeru