Jon Peddie Research released statistics on fourth-quarter discrete graphics supply in late February. It then announced that 13.1 million discrete graphics cards shipped in the fourth quarter, up 3% sequentially and 29.5% year-on-year. In mid-March, the source decided to announce that over 50 million graphics cards would ship in 2021.
This statement becomes the main message of the next complex in its structure report Jon Peddie Research. We recall that in the fourth quarter, AMD managed to steadily increase graphics card shipment volume by 12.4%, and year-on-year they grew by 35.7%. Competitor NVIDIA managed to capture 77.2% of the discrete graphics market, shipments grew 0.5% sequentially, and year-over-year the increase was a whopping 27.7%.
If we look at the whole of 2021, the number of graphics cards shipped has steadily increased by almost 20% from 42 to 50 million units. According to the authors of the study, the shipment volume of discrete video cards in the entire observation history since 1987 peaked in 1998 when 116 million units were shipped. In monetary terms, the market grew to $51.8 billion in 2021, and by 2023 this figure will reach $52.2 billion.