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Even though not everyone likes the multi-GPU technologies as they exist today, in future, multi-GPU systems will account for about 50% of all desktop personal computers, claims Jon Peddie Research.

The market opportunity for multiple graphics cards used in gaming, workstations, and the developing market of GPU-compute has a potential of an 83% compound annual growth rate, according to JPR. In fact, even in 2009, despite of the global economic recession the number of desktop personal computers featuring several graphics processors will be around 8 million units, which is quite a high number.

Growing popularity of multi-GPU-based systems means increase of total available market for graphics cards, a good news for companies that develop discrete graphics processors as well as add-in boards makers. Typically TAM for discrete GPUs is about 80 million units per year, therefore, if about 50% of PCs feature more than one graphics processor, the total available market for standalone graphics chips may easily grow to significantly more than 100 million units a year.

Based on the image, there will be nearly half of PCs powered by a multi-GPU technology, such as ATI CrossFire or Nvidia SLI, in 2012.

Tags: ATI, Nvidia, AMD, , Intel, CrossFire, SLI


Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 08/02/09 09:13:04 AM
Latest comment: 08/05/09 09:05:38 PM


What does multi-gpu mean? GPUs have always been very parallel.
And given that, what does it mean to "utilize multi-gpu tech"? Does that just mean to be capable of using multi-gpu? Or to actually use multi-gpu? What does AIG mean?

Certainly having two gpu cards inside a desktop is going to remain extremely rare. Even having a single GPU card is rare and will be increasingly so with cpu-gpu integration and as integrated graphics evolves.
And a PC generally means laptop or desktop, and desktops continue diminish in share of the market.
0 0 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 08/02/09 09:13:04 AM]

Yes, this is definitely a case I'd like to see the actual report, to see if there's another interpretation. From the chart it looks like 28 million multi-GPU systems by 2012. That's about 10% of PC's sold a year, so the 50% figure makes no sense.

I imagine that the proliferation of multi-GPU comes from motherboards /CPU's coming with graphics as standard, and having a discrete card plugged in, which could make most systems that come with a discrete card "multi-GPU". On the other hand, the chart says "multi-AIB", which I take as "multi add-in-board", and would suggest two discrete cards.

So again, more info is needed to make sense of this.
0 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 08/02/09 10:07:49 PM]

Another question,
by Multi-GPU, do they mean 2 or more cards, 2 or more GPU, or would they count their HD 48xxX2 series as being a multi-gpu system, meaning that they could plan on making us use these cards instead of single GPU card in a near future?

Also, they most likely forgot to try to simulate how Intel's gpu inside the cpu could affect this.

and let's not forget that most computers are used by casual users who does not especially need to have very powerful graphics, if not, just to watch some high definition movies and series on their computers.
0 0 [Posted by: Kurata  | Date: 08/04/09 05:36:04 AM]

I think computer market will slowdown in the next two years. Industry results in July shows profit warnings and losses in many companies.

New Google Chrome operating system (which has lesser hardware requirements than Windows), virtualization runing on multicore computers (one computer, many users) and financial crisis can hit very hard the sales for PC market.

0 0 [Posted by: Alberto122  | Date: 08/04/09 10:28:02 AM]

I think we may actually say, more than computer market slowdown, it's the software market that is taking the place of computer market.

In the 2 past decades, the computer market has not ceased growing.
However, as time passes, everybody has a computer, a laptop or whatever, and a computer can be kept for quite a long time, unless you're a gamer, and even so, today, we may think that we're going toward a wall, a cap of power.

After all, there isn't that many users that plays on their computer with a 2560*1600 resolution, and getting smooth graphics with a contemporary card is not too hard to achieve.
In case you don't have smooth graphics, you usually tend to either downgrade a bit your playing resolution, or decrease a bit the level of details.
You don't change of graphic card every month just to get higher fps, unless you're an enthusiast, and yet, enthusiast are the smallest market targets, and that is what multi-gpu solutions are aiming for : enthusiasts.

Since enthusiasts are the lowest market share, why do they try to focus on them? are they assuming that half of computer users will be enthusiasts? or that multi-gpu solution will be the cheapest ones?

also, what's the point if their multi-gpu that they're talking about is like just putting 2 4850 together, to make it have the same power as a 4870 but in cheaper? it just means they're going to make less profit.
0 0 [Posted by: Kurata  | Date: 08/05/09 09:05:38 PM]


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