The GPU market has grown by 18.2 per cent year-on-year during the third quarter, according a report out today by Jon Peddie Research.
The market was boosted by traditionally strong sales of OEM products in the lead up to the busy holiday season, however, this year has been better than most with Q3 2007 seeing the biggest leap in growth for six years.
Total shipments of components during the quarter were 97.85 million units. Sales were up 20 per cent from the previous quarter, boding well for manufacturer confidence this Christmas season.
Nvidia retained its place as market leader in the desktop market, claiming 37.8 per cent; Intel came second with 33.5 per cent of the market while AMD came third with 17.5 per cent.
In the mobile market however, Intel continued its dominance of the notebook sector with 50.9 per cent. AMD, however, managed to retain second place with 23.4 per cent of the market while Nvidia managed 22.8 per cent.
"The third quarter of 2007 was the second quarter in a row to surprise us. There was growth in the second quarter, which is normally a slow period, and the third quarter, which is usually good, was a record this time," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research.
"We attribute the market's performance to increased demand by consumers for multimedia-rich systems, and, to a certain extent, to demands of Windows Vista."