The economic downturn hurt GPU sales in the final quarter of 2008.
At least that is the case according to Jon Peddie Research.
The study followed the sale of Graphics chips over the course of eight years and compared them. Jon Peddie Research did not limit the study to Desktop GPUs but also covered the entire range of products that ship with a Graphics Chip.
The study found that Q4 2008 suffered an incredible 34% drop over Q3 and 2% drop over Q4 2007.
They also broke down the numbers by manufacturer finding that out of the big three (AMD, nVidia and Intel) nVidia had the largest drop when comparing year to year and AMD was behind comparing Q3 to Q4.