Vista Impact on Video Card Market Share

It’s no secret that Vista operating system upped the ante for video adapter requirements. PC Pitstop took a look at the PCs running our online tests during the month of February 2008 to find out more about video card prevalence. Our analysis shows that the shift to Vista is changing the video adapter landscape. NVIDIA appears to be making big strides in the video adapter arena as folks make the switch to Vista, taking market share away from Intel and ATI.

Comparing Desktops video adapters, NVIDIA is showing a 50% increase in market share comparing XP to Vista. Intel and ATI are showing a 45% and 16% decrease respectively. On the portable side, ATI appears to be the biggest loser and NVIDIA the big winner in the comparison of XP to Vista portable market share.

Below are the comparison of video adapter prevalences by manufacturer for XP and Vista desktop and portable PCs for February 2008.

Video Adapter Manufacturers – XP Desktops

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Video Adapter Manufacturers – XP Portables

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Video Adapter Manufacturers – Vista Desktops

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Video Adapter Manufacturers – Vista Portables

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Below is a snapshot of the top ten most prevalent video card adapters found on PCs running our on-line tests in February.

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19 thoughts on “Vista Impact on Video Card Market Share

  1. i really don know why people keep complaining, right now i reside in Israel, when i moved here about 10 years ago i hed a lot of free time so i decided to go to school and refrash my memory on computr programing and learn some new stuf like c,c++, and java, any way at about the same time windows XP came out and Israel was one of the countries that got to test it and they gave us all students free widows Xp’s pro, any way they where brand new you couldnt even buy them at the stors yes and there was not a day that microsoft didnt came out with a few updates, and back then there was no SP1 and it was not easy to get programs for it but one thing i can say for microsoft is that every time we hed a problem with drivers or some kind of a bug we reported the problems and microsoft most of the time came with the up with some times by the next day not longer then a week as i remember, one of the condesion that microsoft gave us the free XP’s was that we report any problems that we incounter, to make a long story short, i remember how when windows XP came out to the market everybody complaind and hated it and a lot of people went back to windows 98SE, well right for over a year now i am using Vista and infect if you ask me i think that they are doing a much better job on vista then they did on XP, in XP SP1 took much longer to come out infect everything took longer programs and drivers, today it seems like there is nothing that you cant get for vista, it seems that the companies learnd their lessons from XP and are doing a much better and faster jobs at getting what we need and want, and about bugs and problems, hey you dont want them then dont use a computer, even over 10 years now Microsoft still are coming out with updates for XP, infect they just came out with SP3 what does that tells you, all you can do is make sure what you are buying and getting, lie never buy those pree build computer (you get what you pay for ) and spend a few more bucks to protect your system and get a good back up program to be on the safe side, any way there will always be people that will never stop complaining they just have nothing better to do!!!

  2. I have a Hp DV9535ns dual core lap top with vista32 running and i have never have any more issue’s with it than I had with XP pro32. I have XP64 on my desktop because i dont have vista64 yet. apples and orange’s Some of us will like it and some won’t. Thats the way it always is. The biggest difference is, if you have a beast that’s 64bit run a 64bit OS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I run/own a large computer shop (6 techs 2 shifts) and I can give you the facts about Vista vs. XP
    1. In 2007 we built 557 Mid to High End Computers.
    2. 462 Were Shipped with XP Home/Pro (about 50/50 split)
    3. 95 were shipped with Vista O/S (Most Vista Basic)
    4. Call Back (Warranty Work) stats are as follows:
    5. 57 XP Units needed to have the OS fixed due to Corrupted Windows OS or other MS issues (Non Virus Related)
    6. All 57 Vista units needed work on the OS or related issues due to MS issues. (Non Virus Related) USB Ports quit working after update (this happened to 15 units after an update from MS last summer.
    7. Windows mail will not allow you to delete emails. There’s a patch now but for 1 month MS would not admit it was their problem.
    I understand change is difficult, however I see no compelling reason to recommend customers upgrade to Vista…particularly our Business Customers…maybe in 2009 the picture will be different. As for 2008 we’re only offering 90-day S/W warranty for Vista Machines…as apposed to 1-year for XP.

  4. I bought a very noisy Dell top-o-the-line workstation and wound up with ALL the top-notch cards, even a 2nd HD, having to be handled by professional techs to get the comp running again: Dell had to completely replace the entire computer as it was still w/n warranty. The result: a very quiet machine and a faster proc. I think someone screwed up hooking up the MOBO: like running it through w/o any testing.

    Now I’m relatively happy and ready to handle my own here. I’ve stayed away from Vista at this point: all that extra silicone for those chips just don’t do it at all for me … yet.

  5. I purchased a Systemax Venture computer through Tiger Direct just over a year ago.It came with Windows Vista Ultimate.Here are the Specs..Intel D975XBX2 Motherboard/4 gb. memory Crucial Balistix. 1 Tb.H.D internal + 1 Tb. external.I have 2 Nvidia 7050 Gt’s W/512 Mb each.DX 10.All current updates on everything! I insist on nothing less then Logitech Products for this machine,including G15 Steering Wheel,G15 Keyboard,Logitech THX Certified Speakers W/surround sound.i rate it at least with my other speakers @320w.It has a 550w supply,that i have all nicely hooked up to my Belkin Surrage protector.Oh yeah it comes standard with 2 built in cd/dvd +- rw/recordable.and i have an external multi recorder.Vista does have some issues.as well as any other operating system before it.I trust Microsoft When it comes to my Computer.I have to honestly say I have some games that Im trying to run on it.I never had my system crash.I monitor my Task mamager quite well.I can run at roughly 20% power at anytime.Even when running multiple programs,easily! This have been an amazing Computer to say the least.It’s not the best machine out there.but it handles it’s self rather well.I think there will be a time that Vista will become standard.Granted XP was a super OS.But I seriously like the look,asthetics of Vista.XP is primative when you look at Vista.In the year i have had this OS,I am proud to own it on my computer.I’ll deal with Microsoft and see where it takes me.This computer also has plenty of expansion.Such as 8 gb total for memory.It came with a 3 year standard warranty.The tech Support for Systemax is outstanding.I can say proudly that my computer is 100% American Manufactured.Please my friends look into Tiger direct for a great deal on a system like this.It worth a look.The computer is made by Systemax.Good luck!!

  6. I’m so sick of people who are so sick of people who hate Vista. 🙂

    In 2 years Windows VII will be out, and everyone will be complaining about that instead of remembering all the problems with Vista. But then maybe MS knows what they’re doing and submitted a lemon (Vista) to get everyone (XP and Vista) to change to Windows VII in record fashion. 🙂

    I’ve had issues with Vista Ultimate with both Nvidia and ATI cards, but most seem to be worked out now. Haven’t had a problem for the past few months, at least with video issues.

  7. I tested the Vista Beta, RC1 and RC2 and used only the 64-bit version. It was a pig due to lack of support and drivers. So I got the Vista 32-bit in January 2007 at release. I was never happy with it and it seemed slow even when I increased the RAM from 2 to 4GB. I now have Vista 64-bit with 8GB of RAM and are careful with the programs I use. With Vista SP1 it flys and I beleive its faster than XP. Booting up from cold under 1min 20 sec.

  8. My HP Pavilion DV9535 works very well with Vista Home Premium. No problems at all. The processor could be a little faster, only that.

  9. Vista runs fine IF you have a big enough pc, I have a vista capable (yeah right) laptop at work and it sucked to the point of reinstall of xp, however at home is a quad core with 2GB and an 8800gt and its runs perfectly – niether the OS or the card have ever had an issue in 6 months.

    Give it two years for peoples hardware to catch up and we will all be on vista and wondering what the fuss was all about.

  10. I’m sick of all those who complain about Vista. It has it’s problems as did XP and it is probably those same people complaining about Vista as did about XP when that version first came out. I have used Vista for almost a year and have had my problems, most of which, I might add, I contributed to because I like to inquire as in ‘I wonder what will happen if I do this’.

    Never, never, never is a bit of complex SW ever released that does not have bugs which get corrected over time because feedback from users brought the bugs to light. No amount of system testing will ever highlight all of those problems before system release.

    My advice: If you don’t want the problems, stick with the old versions you think are so good but if you want the latest, be realistic and expect that there will be problems and do all you can to ensure the powers that be have the information needed to fix those problems.

  11. I AM RUNNING A: Thermaltake WingRS CASE, Ultra 600W MODULAR PS, MSI P35 Neo2-FR MB,1.80 MSI BIOS, INTEL Q6600 CPU @2.40GH, 4X1GB COSAIR 6400 4-4-4-12 MEMORY FRONT SIDE BUS 800MB, NVIDIA P-CIE 8800GT OC 512 MB 670MH VIDIO, Seagate SATAII 7200.10 2X320GB 16MB CACHE HD’s, 2XSony/Optiarc 7170A DVD+-RW DL Drives, 2X120mm Case Fans front&rear, ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED CPU COOLER, 1.44 FLOPPY DRIVE, 7.1 HD SOUND, ACER 22″ WIDESCREEN MONITOR, LOGITECH 4000 WEB CAM, XP PRO SP2 32 BIT+ UPDATES, DX 9.C+,LATEST DRIVERS FOR EVERTHING, GAMES- CRYSYS, HALF LIFE ORANGE BOX + HALF LIFE 2 GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION, HALO 1,URT 3. ANTI-VIRUS, SPYWARE DOCTOR, ROOTKIT SEARCH&DESTROY. REGULAR (WEEKLY) DISK CLEANUP&DEFRAGMENTATION OPERATIONS.
    I HAVE NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS SETUP ON HIGH QUALITY SETTINGS. THIS IS A YEAR OLD SYSTEM.
    I WILL NOT RUN VISTA ANYVERSION, EVER!! I HOPE MS BUILDS A NEW LEAN MEAN OS NEXT TIME OR I WILL BE USEING FREEBSD&XP PRO SP2 UNTIL I CANNOT! SOMETHING WILL COME ALONG IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS! CATCH YOU LATER.

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL
    RLT

    =

  12. My HP notebook came with nVIDIA and it looks and works great. Only 2 lock-ups in the past year. Both happened in consecutive days. Shortly after an update. No problems since. Looks/Works great. Better than XP, or prior graphics.

  13. I agree with Rob Cheng. My BRAND new PC running vista is an absolute pile of crap, it crashes constantly, so it’s off to “wipesville” for it i’m afraid. Putting WinXP back on.

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