It's no secret NVIDIA is dominating the discrete graphics market, despite AMD's best efforts. However, while the latter company may have lost a chunk of market share compared to last year, the most recent quarter saw it claw back a little. But only a little.
As John Papadopulos over at DSOGaming writes, AMD managed to steal 0.8 per cent of the market from NVIDIA. Sadly, it's small consolation considering AMD is still down 10 per cent from last year's figures, according to research firm JPR:
The JPR report points out that these numbers are for all "add-in graphics boards" or AIBs. Along with gamers, GPUs have their uses in many industries, particularly the scientific where their immense parallel processing power is valuable.
For AIBs as a whole, the market has increase almost 30 per cent "quarter-to-quarter". JPR also provides figures for the desktop market, which saw a modest boost of 7.6 per cent.
Big numbers, but shipments have actually fallen universally compared to last year:
On a year-to-year basis, we found that total AIB shipments for the quarter fell -3.9%, which is less than desktop PCs, which fell -8.9%.
So, AMD still has a lot of work ahead of it, but it's always better to see positive numbers than negative.
What's interesting is that JPR attributes some of the quarterly growth to "dual AIBs" — SLI and Crossfire configurations. Personally, I only know one person who goes to the trouble of running dual GPUs, but that might change come DirectX 12 and its multi-adaptor mode.