Originally Posted by Ninja Prime
Again, up from 29% around two years ago. How do you account for that 12 point increase? Thats something like 42% marketshare gain for ATI, assuming you want to limit it to just desktop cards... I guess it was their bad products that brought that about, right?
Actually it could well have been. You may not have noticed, but it hasn't exactly been "times of plenty" in the last two years. It could well be pricing alone that drove that rise in marketshare, and it doesn't hurt that NVIDIA was just releasing their mid range cards.
The fact remains that with the 5870, the 4870, the 3870, and the 2900XT (the last four generations of ATi "flagship" GPUs) ATi has produced slower GPUs with less image quality enhancing features.
Just the way it is, no way it can be spun any different. It's pretty fitting that AMD purchased them, AMD makes their living producing second tier chips for less. Doesn't mean they're "bad" just means they're not as good- and there's a big difference.