Given the continued lack of retail availability and astronomically high prices of graphics cards, it might be hard to believe that GPU shipments actually grew in 2021. Still, it appears this was indeed the case, with researchers finding that there was a 30% gain in the number of GPUs shipped in 2021 compared to 2020.
As reported by GFX Speak, board partners made $51.8 billion in 2021, and total AIB shipments increased considerably. It is also said that AMD GPU shipments peaked at 35.7% over the same quarter in 2020, while Nvidia shipments saw gains of 27.7 percent in Q4 2021 compared to Q4 2020.
With Intel also entering the graphics market this year, there should be another boost in GPU shipments this year. There is also reason to believe that the GPU pricing situation is finally starting to be resolved. In recent months, prices have been on the decline across Europe, and retail sources expect availability and prices to improve even further in Q2, to the point where graphics cards may finally hit ‘attractive' prices again.
The market normalising comes at a good time too, as AMD and Nvidia are both expected to launch new-gen graphics cards before the end of this year.
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KitGuru Says: GPU shipments are up and the industry is thriving financially, even if customers are still struggling to get hold of an upgrade.