Jon Peddie Research releases its Q4, 2018 add-in board report

Due to the collapse of Crypto-mining Q4 2018 goes down as worst fourth quarter for add-in boards in over 10 years

Robert Dow

Jon Peddie Research, the market research firm for the computer graphics industry, has released its quarterly Add-in Board report on world-wideAIB shipments used in desktop PCs forQ4'18.

The add-in board market decreased in Q4'18 from last quarter, and Nvidia gained market share. Over $2.8 billion dollars of AIBs shipped in the quarter.

Quarter-to-quarter graphics board shipments decreased by 10.7% and decreased by 40.2% year-to-year.

The market shares for the desktop discrete GPU suppliers shifted in the quarter too, Nvidia increased market share from last quarter, and Nvidia increased share from last year.

Market share changes quarter-to-quarter, and year-to-year


“The fourth quarter is normally flat to up seasonally, “said Dr. John Peddie, President, and founder of Jon Peddie Research. “However, this quarter we found that AIB shipments decreased from the last quarter by 10.7%, which is which is below the ten-year average of a 2.3% decrease. This has largely been attributed to the hang-over of the crypto-mining gold rush.”

For the year 2018 $17 billion of AIBs were sold.

Since 1981, 2,091 million AIBs have been shipped!

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 private, often large, high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that 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, the AIB OEM customers of the GPU suppliers, which they call “partners.”

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 that offer AIBs as separate aftermarket products. We have been tracking AIB shipments quarterly since 1987—the volume of those boards peaked in 1999, reaching 114 million units. This quarter 8.8 million shipped.

Discrete GPUs are the heart and soul of add-in boards (AIBs) and Jon Peddie Research’s Add-in-Board Quarterly Report covers the market activity of PC-based graphics for Q4’18.

This detailed 111-page report will provide you with all the data, analysis and insight you need to clearly understand where this technology is today and where it's headed.

JPR also publishes a series of reports on the PC Gaming Hardware Market, which covers the total market including system and accessories, and looks at 31 countries. More information can be found here:

Pricing and availability

Jon Peddie Research’s AIB Report is available now in both electronic and hard copy editions and sells for $2,750. The annual subscription price for JPR’s AIB Report is $5,500 and includes four quarterly issues. Full subscribers to JPR services TechWatch are eligible for a 10% discount. Bundle packages are also available. For information about purchasing the AIB Report, please call 415/435-9368 or visit the Jon Peddie Research website at

Contact Robert Dow at JPR ([email protected]) for a free sample of any of our reports.

About Jon Peddie Research

Dr. Jon Peddie has been active in the graphics and multimedia fields for more than 30 years. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented multimedia and graphics research and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR provides consulting, research, and other specialized services to technology companies in a variety of fields including graphics development, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. Jon Peddie’s Market Watch is a quarterly report focused on the market activity of PC graphics controllers for notebook and desktop computing.

Company Contact:

Jon Peddie, Jon Peddie Research


[email protected]


Robert Dow, Jon Peddie Research


[email protected]


Media Contact

Carol Warren, Crew Communications


[email protected]


Jon Peddie’s Market Watch is a trademark of Jon Peddie Research.  All other tradenames and trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.