Nvidia’s GeForce GPUs are promoting properly, however its AI GPU gross sales are ridiculous

Nvidia's AI-accelerating GPUs are driving its revenue numbers to new heights.
Enlarge / Nvidia’s AI-accelerating GPUs are driving its income numbers to new heights.


Most Ars readers nonetheless in all probability know Nvidia finest for its decades-old GeForce graphics playing cards for gaming PCs, however as of late Nvidia’s server GPU enterprise makes GeForce appear to be a pastime undertaking.

That is the takeaway from Nvidia’s Q3 earnings report, which exhibits Nvidia’s income up 206 % from the identical quarter final yr and 34 % from an already-very-good Q2. Of the corporate’s $18.12 billion in income, $14.51 billion was generated by its knowledge heart division, which incorporates AI-accelerating chips like the H200 Tensor Core GPU in addition to different cloud and server choices.

And although GeForce income was a a lot smaller $2.86 billion, this was nonetheless a stable restoration from the identical quarter of Nvidia’s fiscal 2023, when GeForce GPUs earned simply $1.51 billion and have been down 51 % in comparison with fiscal 2022. Nvidia has launched a number of new mainstream GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs this yr, together with the $299 RTX 4060. And whereas these extra inexpensive GPUs aren’t staggering upgrades from previous-generation playing cards, Steam {Hardware} Survey knowledge exhibits the RTX 4060 and 4060 Ti are being adopted fairly shortly, greater than could be mentioned of competing GPUs like AMD’s RX 7600 or Intel’s Arc collection.

The corporate’s total income numbers weren’t trying almost this good a yr in the past, both—in Q3 of fiscal 2023, the corporate’s income had fallen 17 % yr over yr. The quarter earlier than that, the corporate missed its personal projections by $1.4 billion because of an oversupply of GPUs and a crypto-mining crash that decreased gross sales.

Demand for Nvidia’s AI-accelerating GPUs in all probability will not be as unstable as demand for cryptomining GPUs was. For starters, there are huge firms with huge cash shopping for up nearly each HGX GPU that Nvidia could make, and firms like Microsoft and Amazon proceed to make main AI bulletins and investments at a gradual clip—Nvidia additionally mentioned it is partnering with Dropbox, Foxconn, Lenovo, and a number of different firms on varied AI initiatives. And, simply as in PC and workstation graphics playing cards, Nvidia’s dominance can beget extra dominance as software program instruments are designed for and optimized for Nvidia’s chips first.

Nonetheless, the crypto-mining instance is instructive. If this bubble bursts, or if competing merchandise from AMD or Intel start making a dent in Nvidia’s gross sales, Nvidia might be in for a tough few quarters as these stratospheric income numbers come again to earth. Nvidia has additionally had bother promoting its AI chips in China, the place US export restrictions on some high-performance chips have brought about Nvidia to change or cease providing a few of its merchandise to satisfy necessities.

Nvidia’s workstation GPUs and automotive divisions additionally grew yr over yr, although, at $416 million and $261 million, respectively, each divisions contribute loads much less to Nvidia’s backside line than the info heart or GeForce merchandise.

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