Over three million add-in boards (AIBs) worth $776 million were sold to cryptocurrency miners in 2017, Jon Peddie Research reports on its website.
AMD was the primary benefactor of those sales. It increased its market share 8.1%, Nvidia decreased -6%, and Intel decreased -2%.
“Gaming has been and will continue to be the primary driver for GPU sales, augmented by the demand from cryptocurrency miners.,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, President of Jon Peddie research.
“We expect demand to slacken from the miners as margins drop in response increasingly utilities costs and supply and demand forces that drive up AIB prices. Gamers can offset those costs by mining when not gaming, but prices will not drop in the near future,” he said.
Jon Peddie Research reported that overall GPU shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased -1.5% from last quarter following normal seasonal shipments.
Year-to-year total GPU shipments decreased -4.8%, desktop graphics decreased -2%, notebooks decreased -7%. Over 363 graphics units shipped in 2017.