Nvidia is dominating the graphics card market share as AMD struggles to keep up with demand

Written by Neil Soutter on Sun, Sep 5, 2021 3:00 PM

The war between Red and Green has been going on for a while now, but it looked hopeful for AMD last year with the reveal of the RX 6000 series. However, as the pandemic affected global manufacturing and shipping, AMD has struggled to keep up with demand, and has allowed Nvidia to dominate the market once again.

A new report on Nvidia and AMD’s GPU market share shows that Nvidia has maintained a staggering 80% market share, leaving AMD at 20%. Granted, that is based on AIBs, which only includes graphics cards. 

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When taking into account AIBs as well as the original manufacturer, the gap is even worse with Nvidia taking up 83% market share and leaving AMD with only 17%. The interesting part is that of Nvidia’s 83%, only 40% were AIB cards, whilst the remaining 43% were for mobile GPUs. 

Desktop GPU market share Q2 2020 Q3 2020 Q4 2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021
AMD 20% 20% 18% 19% 17%
Nvidia 80% 80% 82% 81% 83%
Approximate Units Sold (Total) 16.7 million - - 22.3 million 22.5 million

AMD on the other hand had the opposite, with 10% of their share being from AIBs and the remaining 7% coming from mobile cards. It’s a clear sign that AMD has struggled to keep up with demand, whilst Nvidia has managed to ramp up production and get more GPUs out there and available (plus, Nvidia’s cards have been more favorable when it comes to crypto mining performance).

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will get much better. Even though Nvidia has remained in the lead for the most part, CEO Jensen Huang recently stated they believe supply constraints will last into the majority of 2022. In which time AMD can hopefully start to catch back up.

Considering the circumstances, it doesn’t bode well for the next generation of hardware from both the Red and Green teams. Both companies should be announcing their next generation of graphics cards by the end of 2022, also known as the RTX 40 series and RX 7000 series. Hopefully then, Intel can swoop in and save us all from the GPU drought when their new cards launch in Q1 2022.

What do you think? Which GPU brand have you used the most in your life? Do you think AMD will be able to catch up at some point? Do you think we will see the same problems persist with next-gen hardware next year? And will Intel be able to steal away some of that market share? Let us know your thoughts!

Which GPU brand have you used most of your life?

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09:17 Sep-06-2021

I had AMD graphics cards up to the HD7000 series (HD 7850 was my last). Then I switched to nVidia with the arrival of the GTX 970. Then I got a 1660 Ti because I thought the RTX were too expensive... and now I'm stuck with it because of the price increase. I was hoping to buy a 3060 Ti or a 6700 XT at the recommended prices but it's not going to happen any time soon...


I think it's going to be complicated for Intel. As with consoles, many people have their own habits, their own brands. The only way for them to make a big breakthrough would be to offer cheaper graphics cards, which is impossible right now.

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03:14 Sep-06-2021

Yes nvidia makes good hardware. They really can shine and an example of that is pascal. However, other then that they are a sh!tty company. I would love to get either AMD or Nvidia high end GPUs.


AMD is for profit, yes. But people don't seem to realize that they too make good GPUs. Plus their drivers are decent now.


I'm not a fanboy. I just get what I can afford that is best for the money I'm willing to spend.

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22:25 Sep-05-2021

Dam by according to a chart it looks like AMD is doing worse than it's ever been since 2002

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21:03 Sep-05-2021

If i remember right 1-2 months ago there was something obout AMD Gpus. That they will reduce production in favor of CPU server so no wonder there are less AMD gpus. Correct me if im wrong but im sure i read it somewhere

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20:09 Sep-05-2021

I would say for most of my life I had nVidia cards, though I never was totally exclusive to it, had ATI cards too, as well as AMD after they took over ATI. From other brands, I did have Voodoo 3 from 3dfx, also one of PCs had something from S3, I think. But mostly I was buying based on what made most sense at the time, not by the brand.


As for whole AMD market share, it seems like they just aren't interested in taking more of market share. They had ample of opportunities. So it feels like they are treating graphic card side as more of side-business and CPUs as their primary business, which is likely where all supply went to, since everything is on 7nm. It is shame, because RDNA2 was really great opportunity. Even RDNA1 would be if they solved driver issues way way sooner. Makes you wonder how much damage that caused with people getting RX5000 card, putting it in, getting problems, then returned it and went "never AMD again" before buying nVidia replacement. And they will likely stick away for at least few generations. But yeah, AMD is CPU first by huge margin. Otherwise they could do a lot for their marketshare.


As for Intel, it will all depend on how they play their cards. They could go for quick market gain, especially, if they release really competent sub-300USD cards for that biggest market AMD and nVidia are simply ignoring. Provided they do it before competition. Like there is good reason why 1060 and 1050Ti are steam chart toppers. And currently both AMD and nVidia don't really care about that market and are just looking to upsell you to above 300USD. Of course that above 300USD is way higher, but nevertheless, I will go with MSRPs, the point is still same. Still, even with AMDs low graphic card market share, at east according to Steam survey, getting above AMD would be huge achievement for Intel. So I am not sure if they will get above it. I guess it will all depends on what Intel releases, at what prices and how well it competes, plus what competition will do about it. I doubt they will be able to completely ignore Intel. Still, can't wait to see what eventually comes out of it.

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19:07 Sep-05-2021

As much as AMD is behind Nvidia...intel isnt even on the map if nothing else amd/nvidia have a long dgpu legacy.

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17:53 Sep-05-2021

Having used AMD for the majority of my life, I do have to say that Nvidia products are just better. I have gone through Nvidia GT 6600, HD 4850, HD 6870, HD 7870, RX 580 which was horrible due to the black screen issues. I, then, finally jumped ship to the GTX 1060 which is the best card I have ever owned. I have recently bought an RTX 3080 based system, which was, unfortunately, prebuilt, due to the fact that I need to upgrade my whole platform for Windows 11, and buying parts of the shelf is not currently practical.


Something was always wrong with one of my AMD cards except for my HD 6870, but that inexplicably died one day for no apparent reason.


My HD 4850 for some reason just didn't like CS:S and WoW, the performance would be terrible on a humble 1024x768 LCD monitor, and I had an e8400 paired with it! Those were the two main games I played on at the time, so it was bad at 100% of my hobbies.


My HD 7870 would have the worst memory artifacting at stock on Bioshock Infinite or any game really with advanced hair physics. The graphics driver would also crash at any sort of heavy load at stock. I vividly remember playing Far Cry 3 on ultra 1080p and my game crashing every 20 minutes. Somehow I soldiered on. Wasn't smart enough to put some extra voltage on it at stock clocks. That might have helped with the stability tremendously.


My RX 580 wasn't just bad, it was REALLY bad. Not only did it sound like a Jet engine. It BLACK SCREENED all the time for several seconds. Imagine being in a faceit lvl 7 lobby and your GPU WOULD BLACK SCREEN CONSTANTLY MID GAME. Absolute nightmare. I then returned the 580 and got my 1060 and for the first time in my LONG gaming career had a product that JUST WORKED.


Being an AMD apologist was not the best idea I have ever had admittedly.


I must add that some people have had a truly great experience with AMD hardware, and I'm sure RDNA based products are excellent. I, unfortunately, have had bad experiences with Terrascale 1 and 3, and infuriating experiences GCN. My work laptop also has a GCN DGPU and my goodness the amount of heat and noise it produces to generate equal performance to a 920mx is embarrassing.

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17:47 Sep-05-2021

I've had 4 AMD GPUs and 3 Nvidia GPUs, but I've used my most recent GPU the longest. Only due to how bad the GPU market has been since the release of the GTX 1070. I would definitely go with AMD for my next system though, better Linux support and is less annoying than Nvidia with their technologies.

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16:19 Sep-05-2021

most of my life i use AMD gpus Radeon 9250(2005-2010) and HD6450 1gb(2010-2016) tho that was before i started buying stuff for my self now i always go for Nvidia GTX960 4gb(2016-2017) and GTX1080(2017-...) as they seem more reliable then AMD while my friend was AMD stayed AMD mainly because prices but he is always having some problem with them(R7 240, R9 280x, R9 380, RX590)

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23:15 Sep-06-2021

For me it's the opposit, always had Radeon GPUs, just got my GTX 1070 in the last mining craze in 2018 because it was the only thing available for a reasonable price in my area, never had issues with my Radeon GPUs, had some minor problems with my GTX in the last 12 months or so with a few driver updates. My first Radeon was a X1300 and my last was the R9 270X, I would happily get a AMD GPU if prices were normal.

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15:28 Sep-05-2021

Not sure why this is a surprise? NVIDIA GPUs have, and will always be a superior product. Despite what AMD fanboys will say.

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17:00 Sep-05-2021

i totally agree, and im not a fanboy either.

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17:52 Sep-05-2021

Agreeable, although I've never experienced issues with both. Actually, my laptop with eGPU worked with AMD gpus, but rejected any nvidia gpu.


When I was looking for a replacement of my used GTX560TI, the GTX 960 equivalent AMD card was better on paper, but performance wise it was equal with a higher TDP (same price as well). For me that was enough reason to go with the GTX 960. Who knows what AMD will bring to the table in 3 years (I think that's when I'll retire my desktop and go for a new setup).

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