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BlueFin Research: Graphics Card Market For AMD, Nvidia Continues To Cool In Q2

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Graphics card prices have been on the decline so far in 2018, but a new report from BlueFin Research Partners suggests the lower prices aren’t driving higher sales numbers.

Graphics card sales have continued to decline through the first nine weeks of the second quarter, based on the latest round of checks with Newegg and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), BlueFin analyst Paul Peterson said in a note. 

The lack of demand is likely due to a combination of falling cryptocurrency prices and gamers waiting for prices to bottom, the analyst said. 

Peterson outlined his findings and the implications for NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) in a Tuesday report. 

The Number

BlueFin found that Nvidia’s North American graphics card sales are running more than 50 percent lower in the second quarter than in the first, and AMD sales are running at less than 40 percent of Q1 levels so far in Q2. Inventory checks revealed inventory levels are mostly in-line with targets compared to the widespread shortages seen in recent quarters. The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti was the only processor on the shortage list, according to BlueFin. 

Some AMD partners have slashed prices on the RX Vega and RX 580 cards in an effort to stimulate demand, Peterson said. 

Field experts said the cryptocurrency market is unlikely to stimulate meaningful demand for graphics cards unless the price of Ethereum rebounds to above $800. The price of Ethereum is down 19 percent in 2018 at around $609.

The Bottom Line

The good news for AMD and Nvidia investors is that, while graphics cards prices continue to fall, they still remain above MSRP, Peterson said. 

“While both AMD and NVDA anticipated softer GPU card demand in Q2, we think the current run rates are even weaker than expected, particularly for AMD." 

Softening graphics card demand certainly hasn’t slowed down Nvidia and AMD stock in 2018. Nvidia shares are up another 35.2 percent this year, while AMD stock has soared 46.7 percent.

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