During the last quarter, the market for graphics cards has fallen by 11 percent, a drop of 18.8 percent from the same quarter last year. Breaking down the figures, the desktop GPUs fell 21.7 percent, while laptop’s graphics are down 16.9 percent. The blame for the drop in sales are the tablets, and new dedicated graphics powered processors.
The Graphics shipments down 11 percent
If we look for brands, sales of AMD fell by 25.82 percent, while sales of NVIDIA fell by 16.19 percent. Regarding PC sales, there was a decrease of 4.05 percent. Also keep in mind that Intel and AMD integrated graphics are now more powerful, so a small portion of users do not need to jump into a separate graphics card for playing HD content or less Graphics demanding titles.
No wonder considering that the whole semiconductor industry has stagnated recently because we are close to the physical limits.
The SkyLake and two CPU generations before it offer minuscule performance increases over 4 years old Sandy Bridge (aside from specifically coded applications which use AVX/AVX2 instructions). The same applies to SnapDragon 810 Vs SnapDragon 800 which was released almost three years ago. GPUs have become faster recently, but they are held back by the consoles.
The same applies to software actually – people see exactly zero reason to upgrade from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10.
Over ten years ago if you hadn’t upgraded your PC for three years it would become unusable. Today, even six years old PCs with 2 gigs of RAM are good enough for most tasks, let alone everything with 4 gigs and two or more cores. There’s almost no point in the upgrade.