nVidia Fights Back

It seems that nVidia may have survived ATIs assault on its sales and may be turning the tide in its favor. The latest figures released by the company indicate that it has the lead in the DX 9 field and has presented steady growth during Q4, 2004.

According to Mercury Research, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of calendar year 2004, nVidia achieved a quarter-to-quarter unit growth increase of over 20 per cent for total GPU unit shipments, which included an increase of 25.9 per cent in mobile GPU sales. According to the report, nVidia holds 67 per cent of the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 performance GPU market share and 53 per cent of the overall DirectX 9.0 GPU market share.

An additional recently released report, by research firm Jon Peddie Research, is consistent with the Mercury Research results, stating that nVidia's desktop GPU shipments increased 21.6 per cent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of calendar year 2004. The report also noted that nVidia grew its shipments of mobile GPUs more than 25 per cent during the same period and increased its segment share more than three points, to 25.7 per cent.

Although nVidia is, obviously, trying to put an extremely positive spin on the above figures, simple logic says that things are not exactly as described. If your company possesses 53 per cent of the overall DirectX 9.0 market, that clearly means that someone else has 47 per cent. We can safely assume that most of that percentage belongs to ATI, so if nVidia has achieved unit growth increase of over 20 per cent for total GPU unit shipments and still only has 53 per cent of the market that means that things are not as safe as they are portrayed. nVidia, after all, is the company that had complete control of this market only a few years ago.

The more impressive 67 per cent that nVidia holds of the high-end DX 9 market is really only important for prestige reasons as it accounts for a very slight percentage of overall sales. In any case, nVidia was bound to have the advantage on its rival, this past quarter as its performance boards sported a variety of nVidia only features, including shader model 3.0 and the SLI setup.

The only real ATI loss, according to the Jon Peddie report, is not a gain for nVidia since although ATIs notebook market share fell from 49.9 per cent to 42.9 per cent, most of that was lapped up by Intel and its integrated chipset deals which increased their share of that market from 64.7 per cent to 71.8 per cent.

If these figures tell us anything it is that nVidia managed to interfere with ATIs continuing growth in Q4, 2004 but to most industry analysts the company seems unready for the Canadian R520 attack, expected in May. ATIs new 90 nanometre chip will feature PS 3.0, up to 24 pipelines and full 32 floating point precision, so it is expected to seriously challenge nVidia performance boards.

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nVidia Fights Back

Good competition. And just thonk. Prior to 2002, everyone would have never thought ATI would lead the GPU market in both Desktop and Notebook combined. Interesting point. The 5700 and the 5200 are the reasons Nvidia is leading the dx9 numbers. Good for Nvidia to make a strong comeback with the 6800 series. The NV30 was a failure. Can Nvidia counter the R520 in time? Hmmmm.

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nVidia got no problems.They delivered things right on schedule . Microsft said that the SM 4.0 would be with longhorn, moreover nVidia is enjoying its partnership with SOny and like GF3 they may come up with something new again (may be something capable of R A Y T R A C I N G 'ooooooo'). BTW Ati did give something better then SM3.0 (SM2.0b with the quality of SM3.0 and speed of faster SM2.0) but Microsoft did not let them pass through.

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6800GT and 6600GT are awesome and consumers know that. "Best bang for your buck."If ATI and Nvidia keeps coming up with super fast card and easy on the wallet, both companies will be very rich.Though the last video card that was "best bang for your buck" was GeForce4200ti, that was almost 3 years ago. That means, the next "best bang for your buck" video card will be in 3 years from now.

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The only reason why Nvidia is ruling the market at the moment is because of there "the way its meant to be played" campaign. The reason why they achieved this is cause they had loads of money made in previous leads to spend on marketing and all the dumb ppl c nvidia on the back of most games and guess what happens. ATI still has the best graphics and will 4 quite some time.

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Wrong, ATI great on HL 2 i admit but mos tof the games on the market just look and perform better with Nvidia cards.ATI good on HL 2 and probably one or two more titles so yeah.... sucks i knowWhere my flame war?hahaaaaP.S Support Bush and the Troopsthumps up soldier!

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HL2 is a bit better on the ATI because of the deal they made together, wich allowed ati to ultra-optimize their DRIVERS (=software) for that game, while the deal between nvidia and id was smarter since it allowed nvidia to improve their HARDWARE a lot (architecture)

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1 thing is for sure..ATI vs NVIDIA=competition!..which is good for you and me the end consumers, who are sure to get good products at a competetive price.If that werent the case we would probably not have such good video cards on offer to us, so roll on the card wars! :D

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If I were to buy a graphics card, as of now, it would be a 6800. I would then mod it to a 6800GT, and I would have spent a grand total of only 180 dollars. The direct competitor to the 6800, the x800 is laughable. And the competitor to the 6800gt, is also loosing in the benchmarks.There is in no way ATI is "ruling" as of now. They were good last year, but this year they are in no way better then nvidia.

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Dude nvidia holding back because they realize so many ppl got there 6800s and dont need to upgrade soon. However we saw the 5900 and im speculating that there comes a 6900. Nvidia's drivers are still a lot more compatible than ati's. Anyone get the project n64 emulator to work on ati and if so how?

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however nVidia = Real Company for Graphics ! since Voodoo was the Main Computer Company and nViDIA buy the voodoo company as name of nVidia so Voodoo-nVidia Will ALWEYS OWNhowever maybe ATI X800XT where 2 good but at the end most of the games played on nVidiaGo go nVIDIA

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nvidia only got this lead atm becose it still got a bigger name than ATI..but as preformance, it dosnt matter if u get a ati x800 or a nvidia 6800.. it dosnt matter becose the are both just as fast, 1 will run better in doom3 and the other will make hl2 run better.. but who cares if in doom3 nvidia gets 70 fps and ati 60!?and who cares if ati gets 90 fps in hl2 and nvidia 80!???

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"The direct competitor to the 6800, the x800 is laughable."Actually not anymore. Thats the XL800. And that card has a full 16 piplines for $100 less then the 6800GT. And it's faster. As for the guy whow said most games look better on Nvidia hardware...Please tell us what game. The only game is DOOM3. That's it. All the other games look and run the same. The only time is when Nvidia uses a SLI setup with twin 6800GT's or Ultra's does it out perform the XT800 or XT850 in SELECT GAMES THAT Nvidia drivers reconsize for SLI setup. When it does not...the SLI setup runs like one card and sometimes slower. Only 15 games support SLI. And half of those are BENCHMARKS!!!!!

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SM5 support, 1GB ram, 1000W power suply, 500db fan. - go Nvidia.. oops its 2005, no SM5 yet.And yeah, ATI doesnt really have any good mobile chips except the 1 that came out recently. Any computer dude who wants to save on vid card goes to good old MX solution. here comes ur 25% increaseits all propaganda, fools bite it.

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Well... My Fx 5700 non-ultra ran Hl2 perfectely... the only lag I had was due to RAM... only 256mb. P4 1.5ghz (old but still kickin') 256 mb RIMM (800 mhz) and FX 5700 m/ ran Farc cry, D3 and HL2 pretty good.. with most of the visual settings on high. So go screw urselves when u say Nvidia sux... m/

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