GPU market so far this year has shipped 119 million units, 38% growth

GPU sales are pumpin' through the middle of the worst tech shortage in history, with 119 million graphics cards in Q1 2021 alone.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Jun 8 2021 9:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jul 6 2021 7:05 PM CDT

I'm sure there will be thousands of people that will read this and be angry that they haven't been able to buy a new AMD Radeon RX 6000 series or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics card... yet sales are still sky-high in Q1 2021.

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John Peddie Research has some numbers to share, with 119 million graphics cards shipped in Q1 2021 -- a 39% increase over Q1 2020. This is pretty damn astonishing, for a few reasons: there is a gigantic everything shortage right now -- multiple parts to build these graphics cards are super hard to find right now.

Not only that, but the market is insane when it comes to pricing right now -- with NVIDIA pricing its just-launched GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition at $1199... yet the RTX 3080 Ti can be found for $2500+ in some markets. Second-hand prices are just as insane right now, the entire market is a Bizarro world... yet GPU sales are record high.

The split between AMD and NVIDIA remains much the same, where in Q1 2020 we had AMD with 25% of the discrete GPU market share and NVIDIA with 75% -- while Q4 2020 those numbers changed with AMD dropping to 18% and NVIDIA up to 82%.

Q1 2021 isn't too different, with AMD now having 19% of the discrete GPU market and NVIDIA with 81% leaving Intel with nothing. Intel will enter the market this year with its new Xe-DG2 gaming-focused GPU and even then it'll be months, and if not many years before Intel is near double digits.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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