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Nvidia, AMD Are Key Gaming Beneficiaries Ahead Of New Microsoft, Sony Consoles: BofA

Nvidia, AMD Are Key Gaming Beneficiaries Ahead Of New Microsoft, Sony Consoles: BofA

The gaming environment has defied the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is seen as a positive for gaming chip makers Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), according to an analyst at BofA Securities.

The Analyst: Vivek Arya maintained Buy ratings on shares of AMD and Nvidia. The analyst has a $65 price target for AMD and raised the price target for Nvidia shares from $420 to a Street-high $460.

The Thesis: The gaming environment remains robust, even ahead of the second-half launch of new gaming consoles from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Sony Corp (NYSE: SNE), Arya said, citing Steam's GPU survey as well as other checks. (See his track record here.)

Nvidia In Sweet Spot Of Upgrade Cycle: Nvidia's share of Steam gamers remained unchanged month-over-month at 73.5%, and the installed base penetration of Turing cards grew 212 basis points from last month and was up six times since last May, Arya said.

The stock-outs for Nvidia's most popular SKUs outlined by channel checks could be a result of better demand and prudent management of inventory ahead of the second-half launch of 7nm chips, the analyst said.

Just 9% of Nvidia gamers own a GPU on par with the performance of PS5 and Xbox X, which are expected to become the new bar for mainstream performance, he said.

The new consoles could catalyze a major upgrade cycle for Nvidia, either to Turing or next-gen 7nm Amper,e which could be unveiled by midsummer, Arya said.

As gamers begin to upgrade to higher ASP cards, Arya sees upside versus the Street's conservative estimate of 16% growth in the second half versus the first.

AMD Steadily Making Headway: Notwithstanding the fact that about 76.8% of the gamers use Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) CPUs, AMD has made progress, with its market share rising 170 basis point month-over-month to 23.2%, the analyst said. 

The 600-basis point improvement in AMD's market share in CPUs since mid-2018 highlights the improved competitiveness of its Ryzen CPUs, he said. 

AMD's latest Navi GPU family accounts for just 6% of AMD's installed base, though it has caught on faster than the prior generation Vega, Arya said.

"The majority (52%) of AMD gamers still use legacy GPUs, though we expect this to change once AMD launches "Big Navi" targeted at more high-end gamers sometime in 2H20."

Recent media reports suggesting a more favorable entry-level price point for the PS5 and Xbox X are a positive for AMD given its 100% game console processor share with 20%-40% higher content generation-over-generation, according to BofA. 

The Price Action: At last check, AMD shares were adding 0.1% to $53.46, while  Nvidia shares were gaining 1.61% to $399.92.

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