PC Gaming Hardware Market is Worth 5x as Much as Consoles, AMD Most Popular GPUs Worldwide

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Apr 21, 2018 2:21 PM

Research analyst firm Jon Peddie Research has announced the latest results in its annual study into gaming GPUs, once again finding that the majority of gamers in the world are using AMD graphics cards.

If your brow is currently arched higher than The Rock's when he read the Rampage reviews, there are some major caveats to that statement. First and foremost, this result is inclusive of both PC graphics cards and consoles. Every single PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sold comes with a Radeon GPU, while the Nintendo Switch comes with a custom Nvidia chip.

A grand total of 66 million AMD GPUs are actively used by gamers, comprising 53% of the global market share. Nvidia comes in second place with 31% of the market share, while Intel brings up the rear with the remaining 16%. Of course Intel integrated CPUs are the most widely owned in the world, but Jon Peddie is using estimates for the number of Intel iGPUs actively used for gaming.

While this is a display of dominance from AMD, this is a 3% drop from the 56% market share achieved last year. This is due to the immense success of the Nintendo Switch in the year since its launch, boosting Nvidia’s position.

If we were to look at PC gaming only then it paints a very different picture. Nvidia GPUs currently outsell AMD Radeon by a rate of 4:1. The money to be made in PC gaming hardware is also huge compared to the comparatively budget-priced consoles. An estimated $5.56 billion was spent on consoles in 2017. This sounds impressive, until you realise this figure is absolutely dwarfed by the $33.5 billion spent on PC gaming hardware. Roughly five times more is spent on PC gaming hardware than on consoles.

Looking forward, Jon Peddie anticipates that Nvidia will continue to gobble away at AMD’s market share over the next 12 months. Not only does Nvidia have a new range of graphics cards ready to drop any month now, but Nintendo estimates it will sell 30 million Switch consoles  during 2018 alone.

Source: Jon Peddie Research

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Considering that AMD and especially Nvidia have been selling their GPUs at a huge profit margin since 2011, I'm NOT surprised, Intel always sells at a big profit margin, a lot of peripherals and other hardware are selling at big profit margins as well, no wonder the value is so high.

And then came the miners which made the overpriced GPUs cost even more...

Consoles sell at a measly 6-7% profit margin and AFAIK the Xbox One X sales at a slight loss...

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21:14 Apr-24-2018

The computer case in the news pictures is exactly the same as mine :D A Cooler Master cosmos 2

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18:19 Apr-23-2018

I'm good with my gtx 1060!Maybe cpu+mobo+ram upgrade!Sold my rx 470 4gb and bougth a gtx 1060,when the rx prices was high!

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05:36 Apr-25-2018

Good card, but I would've gone for a 1070 or Vega because the 1060 isn't that much faster.

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18:34 May-01-2018

I'm playing in 1080p.It's more than enough for me at the moment!Cheers!

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13:25 May-08-2018

As long as you're content, I suppose that's all that matters. Cheers!

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17:41 Apr-23-2018

yeah cause decent parts cost 5 times more now

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17:54 Apr-23-2018

Only the GPUs...

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08:00 Apr-24-2018

I'd say "decent" computer may roughly cost 5x as decent console nowadays :))

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20:02 Apr-24-2018

Yes true, but even before PCs were expensive if you did NOT do the bad thing and cheap out on the quality of the Motherboard, PSU, HDD and got the cheapest PC case possible. And then cheaped out by getting windows from some 3rd party sellers that have no way of getting windows at that low of a price, unless they bought tens of thousands. Then a good mouse and keyboard need to be added, which most people just get a 10-15$ basic combo, which of the keyboard is fine-ish, but the mouse is usually terrible.

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20:03 Apr-24-2018

People seem to forget that the price of consoles includes a controller and a AAA game in it, plus the OS, which as simple as it may be, does everything it is meant to do quite well, can't say the same about windows XD


Now blu-ray might be an argument as well, but some people do NOT care for it.

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22:13 Apr-23-2018

True and sad at the same time.

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07:41 Apr-23-2018

Majority of windows users mostly avoid AMD products because of their overheating issues. While many budget gamers tend to get amd products because of its cheap cost. But in a long run. They would replace it if they have enough money.

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14:20 Apr-23-2018

Now you bud are really misinformed.
Ryzen and the FX CPUs with their stock coolers run super cool at 100% load with programs like p95 and Aida64.
My old FX 6300 with the smallest of the old, Non-Wraith coolers never went over 52-53C on full load with p95 or Aida64 with an ambient temperature of 22C+
My current R5 1600 does NOT go over 49-50C with the stock wraith spire cooler at stock clock speeds in Aida64 and Prime95.

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14:20 Apr-23-2018

An i7 7700k which is a 4 core/8 thread with the same IPC as Ryzen, but higher clock speeds, but fewer cores can NOT be cooled with a hyper-212 it reaches 90-95C as mentioned by Miha99 https://imgur.com/a/89NucNO


The i7 8700k is even harder to cool...

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14:23 Apr-23-2018

This is because AMD solders their CPU dies to the heat spreaders, while intel uses thermal paste(tooth paste) between their dies and heat spreader to save money.


The "people buy AMD because they are cheap" could be said about the FX after Haswell came out, but Ryzen is legit faster than intel's current offerings, except in gaming due to years of market dominance by intel which lead to massive optimization for their 10 year of recycled architecture, thus it has the same optimization and the higher clock speeds, as since the IPC is the same, higher clock speeds equal higher single-core performance and games still depend on SCP.

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14:26 Apr-23-2018

I could have bought the i7 6800k back in 2017, but waited for Ryzen to come out and when it did, I knew that I was NOT buying the i7. Ryzen 5 was slightly better for work(5-15%) and as good as for games, minus 0-10% at 1080p, no difference with my GPU, for 2x times less the price, 2x times cheaper motherboard and much lower power consumption and lower heat output.


Sadly me waiting meant that the GPUs all got bought out by the time I bought Ryzen, but if I bought the i7 6800k, I wouldn' thave had money for a GPU anyway. XD

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09:38 Apr-24-2018

No matter what you said. Intel outsells AMD. Here's the link to prove it:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/market_share.html
Just so you know. My processor tends to heat up whenever I play dota 2. So many opinions yet user's don't care.

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19:58 Apr-24-2018

First it is Not an opinion. Second You are using a thin-ish laptop and laptops tend to get hot.
And intel always outsold AMD, even when intel had crappy processors and AMD had much better ones back in 1996-2005

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20:12 Apr-24-2018

Also core i7 8550U laptops reach 90-95C out of the 105C max temp when ran on full load for a slightly longer than short period of time... that will burn your hand if you touch the center of the laptop or the exhaust...

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20:23 Apr-22-2018

When I read this, I got a warm feeling or maybe it was just my beast purring along :)
Also GO AMD!

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18:16 Apr-21-2018

Considering that AMD and especially Nvidia have been selling their GPUs at a huge profit margin since 2011, I'm NOT surprised, Intel always sells at a big profit margin, a lot of peripherals and other hardware are selling at big profit margins as well, no wonder the value is so high.


And then came the miners which made the overpriced GPUs cost even more...


Consoles sell at a measly 6-7% profit margin and AFAIK the Xbox One X sales at a slight loss...

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16:57 Apr-21-2018

Great news, such high number of AMD cards will definitely prevent nvidia price hikes (to an extent)!

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18:14 Apr-21-2018

Considering that Nvidia sold the gtx 1080 for 700$ at launch in 2016, they have already overpriced their GPUs, the gtx 1080 should have costed 300$ max at launch in 2016 with that puny 312mm^2 Die, less than 20% failure rate and minimal R&D costs...


AMD have overpriced their GPUS as well, but NOT as much...


And then miners came...

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16:07 Apr-21-2018

Nvidia has been widely known GPU than AMD. And would surely outsell AMD most of the time because AMD has no GPU to compete with GTX 1080 or its 1080 TI, unless crossfire GPU is used. In the end It still doesn't match the 1080's performance.

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16:45 Apr-21-2018

High end hardware does not earn as much money as cheaper hardware, especially in countries like mine where price is up to 50% higher then its normal price, for GPUs can be much higher because of crypto craze. Not everyone can buy 1080.

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13:30 Apr-22-2018

Vega 64 and Vega 64 LC competes against the 1080.

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18:16 Apr-22-2018

Yet neither Vega 64 nor the LC isn't widely available on the market. Even if they manage to beat the 1080. It still can't beat the 1080 TI version:
http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1080-Ti-vs-AMD-RX-Vega-64/3918vs3933

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13:37 Apr-22-2018

Also, I love it how everyone complains that AMD has nothing to compete against the 1080ti but end buying cards like the 1050Ti.
Hardly anyone actually buys top of the line, so what difference does it make?

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15:55 Apr-21-2018

AMD used to be cheaper than Nvidia. With vega it is the other way round sadly. I hope they will go gddr6 with vega refresh or something like that.


Consoles are dirty cheap compared to an modern gaming pc. like 100-350euros mostly. while you can not even get half of a gaming pc for 350


so its only natural that the amount spent on pc hardware is way higher. People want the benefits from gaming on pc.

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16:38 Apr-21-2018

I don't know if gddr6 is the future, more like HBM2

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20:04 Apr-21-2018

gddr6 is going to be cheaper than hbm2 so using it is a more practical approach

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21:10 Apr-21-2018

Absolutely, until HBM becomes cheaper and can have higher capacity, it will NOT be GDDR simple as that.
The 8GB HBM2 on the Vega cards costs AMD, NOT the consumer, AMD 160-185$ depending on the batch a piece, 8GB GDDR5 VRAM costs AMD and Nvidia about 40-45$ and GDDR6 is said to cost the same but for higher capacity and then you add the 30% increase take full effect that we are going to witness soon.

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