Could Polaris Help AMD Grab GPU Market Share From Nvidia? Wells Thinks So!
All the gaming enthusiasts out there know that Nvidia has a big chunk of graphics card market share in its pocket, and it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. But, that does not mean that AMD is not going to try capture some market share for itself, as the chip maker is set to release its new Radeon cards based on the Polaris architecture to rival with Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.
The question is: will AMD be able to snatch the GPU market share from Nvidia? It seems difficult given the circumstances, as the GTX 1080 is the new king which is more powerful than Nvidia`s current flagship cards, with 2X more performance than the GTX Titan.
Also, if you divert your attention towards games for a moment, majority of the titles are optimized for Nvidia graphic cards and many have had issues running properly on a AMD cards. Nvidia Game Works is one of the reasons that consumers are attracted towards GeForce cards, as these effects can only be enabled on these cards.
Now, if AMD manages to build momentum to gain market share in 2016, this could be a risk to Nvidia, and it can only be achieved through innovation and working with developers so that games will be equally optimized for AMD.
According to Wells Fargo analyst David Wong David Wong:
If AMD manages to build momentum in gaining graphics share in 2016, we think that this could be a risk to Nvidia’s stock.
It seems that AMD knows what it needs to do right now. Look at R9 Fury X which was a huge improvement over its predecessors and has less issues with games, AMD has already made its impression on high-end gamers, which is quite visible given the company gained double digits percent sequential increase in its discrete graphics unit shipments in the March 2016 quarter.
The company is on track to reveal its Polaris based GPUs, and if they improve upon R9 Fury X then they can be sure that Nvidia`s market share will drop.
What’s your take on this topic? Do you think Polaris could help AMD strengthen its GPU market position in 2016? Sound off in the comments below.