Graphics Card Sales Reported to have Dropped Significantly in Q2 2014

Graphics cards are apparently not on the list of shopping items for gamers or even cryptocurrency miners. Studies show that a decline in sales has been noticeable in Q2 this year. While graphics card sales have been going down for a long time, the aforementioned quarter seems to be the worst.

The reports show that sales in Q2 have dropped by 30-40% compared to the previous quarter and according to Jon Peddie Research, the Q1 total shipments of graphics cards dropped to 14 million units, it being a decline of 0.8% compared to the same quarter last year. The drop in sales is said to be the worst in recent years.

Sources from Taiwan have apparently noted that the drop in sales could be due to cryptocurrency miners who have previously used AMD Radeon cards to mine in recent years and have now turned to more advanced ASIC chips or gave up the mining business completely.

The consequences are then reflected in graphics card sales, having the previous users not purchasing new graphics cards and selling their old ones on eBay or similar auction websites.

In the meantime, graphics card manufacturers are said to have asked both AMD and NVIDIA to cut Radeon and GeForce GPU prices in order to make current graphics cards more competitive. However, the response gained from the GPU manufacturers consisted of simply reducing their shipments.

No confirmed figure of graphics cards is known to be on the market. If the figures prove to be high, local retailers are said to be expected to cut graphics card costs eventually. However, people who are thinking of buying a new graphics card in the near future should not rely on a price drop since retailers have a high chance of not cutting prices if the figures turn out to be in the supply demand balance range.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

Plextor M6S Availability In Q2 Announced

Following the announcement of the new M6 series of solid state drives during IFA last year, Plextor have been busy working away behind the scenes to get the range ready for launch. On top of this they have been continuously tweaking and tuning the three M6 lines in order to optimise their performance and increase reliability. Earlier in the year the M6e was announce – a PCI Express mounted M.2 drive that takes performance to levels that a traditional SATA connection is simply not able to offer. Keep an eye out on eTeknix as I have a full review on the 512GB model this drive coming up very shortly.

The next step for Plextor is the mainstream consumer SATA based M6S and today Plextor have announced that the drives will be available to buy during the second quarter of this year in capacities ranging from 128GB right up to 512GB. Like the rest of the M6 range, the 7mm thin drive packs a Marvell 88SS9182-BNP2 controller along with an array of Toshiba 19nm NAND. Performance wise users can expect to see speeds of up to 520MB/s read and 440MB/s write on offer along with random IOPS figures of 94k read and 80k write to suit.

What’s more the M6 series drives are focussed on the cost of owner ship with reduced power consumption being just one of the key elements that Plextor thought about when they designed the drives. Following in the footsteps of my review on the M5 Pro Xtreme in the early part of the year, along with my experience of the M6e as you’ll soon see, I’ve got a good set of hopes and aspirations for this drive and what it has to offer to the SATA based group of users.

Source & image courtesy of Plextor