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AMD ships 16m Radeon HD 5000 GPUs in nine months

by Tarinder Sandhu on 19 July 2010, 00:03

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Happy times

AMD reported on financial performance for Q2 2010 last Friday. Talking openly about upcoming platforms, known to the world as Fusion, the company inevitably spent a little time in getting investors up to speed on recent developments.

Noting that the graphics segment revenue was up eight per cent sequentially and a huge 87 per cent year-on-year, AMD divulged that it had shipped more than 16 million Radeon HD 5000 GPUs since the launch nine months' ago.

Tellingly, AMD CEO, Dirk Meyer, confirmed that the next iteration of DX11 GPU hardware would be introduced later on this year: "In the second half of the year, we expect GPU demand to remain healthy and supply constraints to ease. We remain on track to bolster our GPU leadership with the introduction of our second generation DX11 graphics products, later this year."

Helping boost Q2 2010 revenue to $1.65bn, up from $1.18bn a year ago, and contributing to a 45 per cent gross margin - compared with 67 per cent for Intel during the same period - the outlook for the technology sector is certainly a lot rosier than a year ago.

Did you buy an ATI DX11 GPU. Happy with it? We'd love to hear your thoughts.


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16 million dx11 gpu's sold and hardly any profit made.

This tells us that the real money is in the professional card market - something which nVidia still dominates.

God help us if AMD goes under, because nVidia would just stop bothering with gamer cards at all. Actually they already did that with all their rebranding of G80, which is why they are so far behind ATI now in this area.
Jimbo75
16 million dx11 gpu's sold and hardly any profit made.

This tells us that the real money is in the professional card market - something which nVidia still dominates.

God help us if AMD goes under, because nVidia would just stop bothering with gamer cards at all. Actually they already did that with all their rebranding of G80, which is why they are so far behind ATI now in this area.

Wow, have you got the wrong end of the stick.

There's almost zero money in the professional card market. True, there's a larger profit margin per unit, but there's tens of thousands gaming and consumer cards sold for every workstation card, and that's direct from our nVidia rep here at the university. There is a minute margin to be had in the professional sector, and it looks good for their green credentials, hence nVidia are in that segment. The ECC memory and L2 cache development in their architecture was a hard graft, but it really does help sell parallel processing to the workstation market. That, and the fact that CUDA is a lot easier to learn than Stream, and I can testify to that.

Workstation cards were borne from the consumer graphics industry, and that's what pushes the margins forward so they can develop both aspects. “No GPU company would ever think about solely putting all their resources into the professional and workstation market and ignore the gamers” - yet another quote by our NVIDIA rep. Why do we have an NVIDIA rep? Parallel programming, and NVIDIA are trying to advertise their hardware to the popular universities where areas hadn't considered using GPUs before.
You have to be joking surely.

ATI have blown nVidia away in the gamer market for 10 months and barely made a profit. nVidia still posted small profits while losing tons of market share.

The real gpu cash is in the professional market where margins are huge, and that's a fact. Where else is nVidia making $1bn revenues? Tegra? :rolleyes:

I mean really, how did nVidia make $1bn last quarter with no dx11 cards while ATI made $400m on a full dx11 lineup? It surely wasn't because of Fermi.
Jimbo75
16 million dx11 gpu's sold and hardly any profit made.

This tells us that the real money is in the professional card market - something which nVidia still dominates.

nVIDIA doesn't make CPUs, do they?
well,

AMD invests seemingly way too much in R&D hence why their profits are lower

so essentially AMD are for way in the future and nvidia are for just in the future