NVIDIA Corporation Sheds Light on Gaming Notebook Market – Motley Fool

For quite a few years now, graphics specialist NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) has focused on building extremely energy-efficient graphics processors. The reasoning behind chasing efficiency is simple: For a fixed-power envelope (and, in the real world, there’s no such thing as “power unconstrained”), a more energy-efficient processor will ultimately be a faster processor.

The increased efficiency of NVIDIA’s gaming-oriented graphics processors has enabled the rise of notebook computers that can run games at high performance levels while also maintaining manageable form factors (though the very highest performance gaming notebook computers are still extremely bulky).

Image source: NVIDIA.

It’s clear that the gaming notebook market has been growing (NVIDIA has talked in the past about the growth opportunity that this segment offers), but only recently at the company’s financial analyst day did it put out some hard numbers about the growth rate, as well as the absolute shipment volumes, of gaming-oriented notebook computers.

Let’s look at what NVIDIA had to share.

From rounding error to rock-star

Observe the following slide:

Image source: NVIDIA.

On the right, NVIDIA shows the trend in gaming notebook sales beginning in 2012. In 2012 and 2013, sales of gaming notebooks were minimal — seemingly on the order of a million units shipped annually (at least that’s what NVIDIA’s claim of “10X unit growth” implies). The data shows that a massive surge of growth happened beginning in 2013, which continued through 2016 (the most recent full-year that NVIDIA has data for; 2017 is obviously not over yet).

Indeed, per the company, gaming notebook sales came in at 10 million units in 2016 — a substantial increase in just four years.

It’s clear that the work that NVIDIA has done in boosting the energy efficiency of its graphics processors has allowed it to bring robust levels of gaming performance

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