Nvidia may have taken a beating in terms of falling sales recently, but here’s some better news for Team Green: a substantial increase in its market share, with the company remaining by far the dominant discrete (standalone) GPU power . Also, the RTX 3060 seems to be shifting a seriously healthy amount of units right now.
Statistics for the second quarter of this year show Nvidia with a market share of 79%, a hefty 4% increase from Q1, with AMD dropping from 24% to 20% over the same period. Intel has the remaining 1% of the market with its new discrete Arc GPUs, so Team Blue is now making small inroads into the desktop graphics card scene.
Compared to the same quarter last year, Nvidia finds itself in pretty much the same position: Team Green had an 80% share in Q2 2021 and now has 79%, losing that single percentage point to Intel (AMD was at 20% a year ago, and remains at 20% as noted).
In addition, as Eteknik (opens in new tab) flagged, looking at the latest Steam Hardware Search (opens in new tab) (for August), one GPU that seems to be gaining a huge sales boost and helping Nvidia’s cause is the RTX 3060.
The RTX 3060 desktop graphics card is now ranked sixth in overall Steam gamer sales rankings, with a hefty increase of 0.66% in August, giving it an overall market share of 3.24%. It’s slightly behind the 3060 laptop’s GPU, which is in fifth place at 3.39%.
So if you add that up, you actually get 6.63%, which technically makes the RTX 3060 (desktop and laptop) more popular than the GTX 1060, which is at 6.6% (after experiencing a pretty steep drop in 0.52% this month).
All of the top 10 GPUs – which are all Nvidia models – have dropped in popularity, in fact, except for the RTX 3060 cards and the RTX 3070 in tenth place, which saw a marginal increase of 0.03%.
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As we mentioned at the beginning, Nvidia has had a hard time with decreasing levels of GPU shipments of late, with waning demand compounded by an unfortunate situation where the company overproduced the stock RTX 3000.
What JPR’s statistics show is that everyone is having a hard time, with overall discrete graphics card shipments down 22% compared to the previous quarter. Nvidia can at least take solace in regaining its dominance in Q2 compared to Q1, and the strong progress of the RTX 3060 is also a positive sign.
What’s widely predicted to happen in the very near future are further price cuts for Nvidia GPUs – and AMD graphics cards too, as Team Red also wants to clear current-gen inventory before next-gen products arrive later this year. year – and that should fuel the RTX 3000 sales fires even more.
So far, we’ve only seen the big discount with high-end Nvidia graphics cards – the RTX 3090 and its Ti version, and the RTX 3080 Ti in particular – but it’s very likely that the price cuts will narrow the range even further. Whether or not they’ll make it to the RTX 3060, well, that’s unclear, and what we should remember is that its successor, the RTX 4060, isn’t on the horizon (not yet). Whereas the RTX 4070 and higher definitely are, at least in theory, even if the rumor acknowledges that there could be a more pronounced staggered release, with larger-than-usual gaps between these high-end, high-end models.
All this to say that the RTX 3060 price may not see much movement, but still, even a few small price drops could boost sales of this mid-range GPU even further, in addition to its already apparent good progress over the past month. . This graphics card could still play a key role for Nvidia even when the next-gen Lovelace launch is underway, as we’re not sure when the 4060 might arrive. And even after the debut of the 4060, the 3060 could very well be a lower-priced alternative (Team Green has already talked about a release date that will ‘cama’ the two generations of GPUs together).