The add-in board market decreased in Q2'19 from last quarter, and AMD gained market share. Over $2.0 billion dollars of AIBs shipped in the quarter.
Quarter-to-quarter graphics board shipments decreased (16.6%) and decreased (39.7%) year-to-year.
The market shares for the desktop discrete GPU suppliers also shifted in the quarter: AMD increased market share from last quarter, and Nvidia increased share from last year.
|Table 1: Market share changes quarter-to-quarter, and year-to-year|
Add-in boards (AIBs) using discrete GPUs are found in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, rendering and mining farms, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They are sold directly to customers as aftermarket products or are factory installed by OEMs. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry with their discrete chips and dedicated, often large, high-speed memory. Systems with integrated GPUs in CPUs share slower system memory.
The PC AIB market now has just two chip (GPU) suppliers which also build and sell AIBs. The primary suppliers of GPUs are AMD and Nvidia. There are 48 AIB suppliers. They are the AIB OEM customers of the two major GPU suppliers, which they call partners. Some of the AIB suppliers offer AMD and Nvidia-based products, and others offer only one or the other.
In addition to privately branded AIBs offered worldwide, about a dozen PC suppliers offer AIBs as part of a system, and/or as an option, and some offer AIBs as separate aftermarket products. We have been tracking quarterly AIB shipments since 1987—the volume of those boards peaked in 1999, reaching 114 million units when every PC had a graphics AIB in them. This quarter 7.4 million AIBs shipped.
The AIB market hit $16.4 billion last year and is forecasted to be $11 billion by 2023.
Since 1981, 1,293 million AIBs have been shipped.
|Figure 1: AIBs and integrated GPUs shipped since the introduction of the PC|
The second quarter is normally down from the previous quarter. This quarter it was down (16.6%) from the last quarter. That is below the ten-year average of -10.0% which is very low when compared to the desktop PC market, which increased 16.4% from the last quarter.
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