The GPU shipment analytics for Q4 2015 has just been released and there are some positives to be taken. Despite the declining rate of global PC shipments, GPU manufactures would be pleased to know that in the fourth quarter of 2015, GPU shipments increased by 2.4% when compared to the previous quarter.
According to Jon Peddie Research, the biggest gainers from the GPU shipment increase would be Nvidia and AMD, which isn’t surprising. Nvidia recorded an overall increase in GPU shipments of 8.41%, whilst its competitor, AMD, achieved a 5.16% increase. Meanwhile, Intel had a smaller GPU shipment increase of merely 0.73%.
Aside from that, the research firm also stated that the attach rate of GPUs was recorded at 139%, which translates to an increase of 0.59% when compared against the previous quarter. In addition to that, discrete GPUs were found to be used in 31.28% of PCs, up 1.34% compared to the previous quarter.
Jon Peddie Research mentioned that despite Nvidia and AMD not introducing any new products in the second half of last year, shipments still increased due to the reliable GPUs that were introduced by both companies in Q1 and Q2 2015.
Despite the indication of positive growth in GPU shipments in Q4 2015, it doesn’t fair very well when compared year-on-year. When compared against 2014, the overall GPU shipments fell 14%, while discrete GPU shipments were reduced by 9%.
This could be due to the fact that many consumers are moving away from buying current generation GPUs to anticipate the “bound to arrive” next generation products by both Nvidia and AMD sometime this year. Global GPU shipments will most definitely see an increase by then.