AMD, Nvidia hit by Pac Crest downgrades

|By:, SA News Editor

Pac Crest has downgraded GPU archrivals AMD (AMD -3%) and Nvidia (NVDA -2%) to Underperform. The firm cites checks that point to weak motherboard production and a major Q/Q drop in high-end graphics card shipments.

Digitimes recently reported global graphics card shipments (not the same as end-user demand) were set to fall 30%-40% Q/Q in Q2 due to high inventories, and that AMD/Nvidia were responding by cutting shipments rather than prices.

Separately, AMD has unveiled the FirePro W8100, a workstation card that support 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and 2.1 teraflops of double precision compute performance. A flagship card (the FirePro W9100) supporting 2.62 teraflops of double precision compute performance was launched in April.

The W8100 launch comes shortly after AMD said it would direct more resources towards FirePro going forward. Nvidia's Quadro GPU line currently towers over the workstation market.

BofA/Merrill downgraded Nvidia last week.