PC shipments still dismal, but Q2 gives AMD and Intel still up, and Nvidia down: Analyst

PC shipments still dismal, but Q2 gives AMD and Intel still up, and Nvidia down: Analyst

Summary: While there's no doubt that the PC industry is in a nose dive, the last quarter will have bought some cheers to AMD and Intel. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Nvidia, which saw a dramatic fall in chip shipments.

(Source: AMD)

While the PC industry as a whole has little to be happy about, the last quarter did bring some companies a little big of cheer.

The biggest winner was AMD, which saw overall unit shipments increased 10.9 percent, quarter-to-quarter, with Intel also seeing shipments increase by 6.2 percent over the same period, claims analysts at Jon Peddie Research.

Things were not so good for Nvidia, which saw shipments decreased by 8 percent. Poor Tegra sales are likely to be a big factor in this.

As a whole the PC market declined by 2.5 percent quarter-to-quarter, but a buoyant graphics industry helped offset this, increasing by 4.6 percent over the same period. 

Overall, the net 7.1 percent increase reflects an interest on the part of consumers for adding of a discrete GPU to a system with integrated processor graphics, and to a lesser extent dual graphics cards in performance desktop machines, claims the study.

However, the average has grown from 1.2 GPUs per PC in 2001 to almost 1.4 GPUs per PC.

Year-to-year, the numbers are dismal. This quarter AMD overall PC shipments declined 15.8 percent, Intel dropped 12.9 percent, Nvidia declined 5.1 percent, and VIA fell 12.4 percent compared to last year.

On a year-to-year basis Jon Peddie Research analysts found that total graphics shipments during Q2'13 dropped 6.8 percent, while PC shipments declined by at a faster rate by 11.2 percent in all. GPUs are traditionally seen as a bellweather of the industry, since every PC has at least GPU, and most of the PC vendors are "guiding down to flat for Q3'13" claims the Jon Peddie Research.

The analysts estimate that the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 will be 319 million units.

(Source: Jon Peddie Research)


Topics: Hardware, Intel, Processors

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  • Well, literally everyone has a PC already.

    I visited some relatives the other week, and I saw that they were still using a Vista-era notebook.

    With these machines capable of lasting 4-5 years, why would you need to buy another one?

    While it is slowing down, the PC industry is definitely not dying.

    The desktop/laptop will always provide the best experience for general usage and affordability.

    Despite the rise of smartphones and tablets, a majority of people will still keep their legacy machines and when it dies, they'll simply buy another one.
  • Something is fishy...

    ...These analysts don't make any sense. The numbers don't jive. NVidia fell in marketshare, and the author attributes this to poor sales of the Tegra 3 chip which is the chip that is used in the Surface RT. However, 1 year ago, there was no Surface RT, so any sales from the Surface which includes the Tegra 3 chip could have only added to Tegra 3 sales. Thus poor performance from a new entrant shouldn't overly affect Tegra 3 sales positive or negative.

    Tegra 3 is also the processor that runs most of the newer Android tablets. Since Android dwarfs Windows based ARM tablets, any major decline in Tegra 3 sales would have most certainly come from decline in Android tablets. I'm not suggesting that Android tablets would have declined overall, but that NVidia may have lost business to other ARM competitors such as Qualcomm. This seems a better explanation for their decline IF Tegra3 is really to blame.

    I believe the real decline in NVidia shipments can more likely be attributed to more embedded GPU's such as Intel HD 4000 with Core i processors, and whatever equivalent embedded GPU that AMD uses. Doesn't that sound more logical?

    Unfortunately most bloggers don't seem to have enough experience with analyzing data to draw correct conclusions.
    • It doesn't sound more logical

      Remember - nVidia makes its sales to the manufacturer, not the end customer. So if it sold to Microsoft and other system integrators last year, it would have recorded those sales on its books last year.

      Any poor sales from this year would have been because of incorrectly estimated consumer demand (thus resulting in no new otherwise anticipated orders from the system integrators).... which we know from the inventory write down is in fact what happened.
      • Still...

        ..Even if they were completely wrong, are you suggesting that the shortfall of Windows RT would be so significant that it wouldn't be offset by the growth of Android? Seems a highly ridiculous notion.
      • Exactly.

        With the Surface RT EPIC bomb, they aren't getting millions of new chip orders from Microsoft, since they know there is no point in making a Surface RT 2.0 Stink Bomb.
      • Ok, But

        Would Surface RT chips have been bought in Spring 2012 for a product announced in summer with vague release date and actually shipping in late October?

        Put me down as thinking that the explanation for the decreases YOY for the Tegra doesn't seem complete.
  • The one sure takeaway from the report above, is that, the whole tech

    industry is suffering declines in sales, including tablets and PCs and even smartphones...


    The one takeaway that all tech bloggers see, is the decline of PCs, and thus, to them, it's a post-PC era. They can't admit that the whole industry is showing a decline.
    • they keep singing that until they lose job or breathe.

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    • Re: the whole tech industry is suffering declines in sales

      No it isn't. Android is up 40% year-on-year, LG is making money from Android, even Sony, which was in the doldrums for so many years, is now making money thanks to Android.

      In one year, more ARM chips ship than the entire population of the world.
      • Re: now making money thanks to Android.

        Oh, and Lenovo, the last profitable Windows OEM, has reported that it is now making more money from Android than Windows.
        • The money is on mobile devices...

          for now.
          I said it before, one of the big PC makers should fall or change focus.
          PC sales are still huge, but there are too many players and margins went down the drain. A PC is still a wonderful machine, but someone should innovate around it.
      • I'm referring to the entire industry, and not individual players...

        The smartphone market has been slowing down, and some makers have actually lost sales. But, in general, smartphones and tablets have started their sales declines, and most sales in the future will be in the "replacement" category. The mobile market is now entering the post-mobile era, just like PCs are accused of being in the "post-PC" era. People don't need to replace their smartphones every year or two, and most smartphones already have most of the features that most people seek or want. So, saturation is very close for the mobile space (except in the less developed markets). Once I feel comfortable with a TV set, or a washing machine, I won't be in the market for one of those for 10 years or more. PCs became like appliances, and they don't need to be replaced every 3-6 years; and now, smartphones and tablets are good enough to last 4-5 years, with no need to replace them as often as when they were "growing up".
    • That's not true

      Not all industry is facing a decline - far from it.
      Yes maybe smartphones are not growing as fast as they used to, but they still growing double digits year pin year.
      • A slowdown in sales, is an indication of more bad news down the line, so,

        even if there are companies that are still having good sales, if their sales declined, it could also be a harbinger of things to come, like sales that go in reverse, or at best, remain stagnant. Those that don't take the hints seriously, are bound to end up in Palm and Blackberry type territories.

        And yes, the whole tech industry is witnessing a slowdown in sales, just like the whole economy experienced a slowdown in the last 5 years; the tech industry was slower to be affected, but the effects from the rotten economy will continue to be felt everywhere.
        • Still not true

          There are sectors that are growing fast, all new technologies - and not just - have a typical sales graph, slow down is not always bad news, just inevitable. Tons of money can be made from mature businesses.
          • You don't get it...

            and a slowdown in any market is an indication of big problems in the market of coming down the pike. The IT industry had seemed immune to the deep recession we entered into in 2007, and now, all indications are that, the bad economy is going to take its toll on the IT industry as well. Growth in one part of an industry is not an indication that the whole industry is on a growth path.