Jon Peddie Research has published a report regarding the segmentation of graphic card market shares for the fourth quarter 2006.
These figures (the incomes are expressed in million) show that the segment of graphic cards priced $150 to $249 represents the majority of sales with 63.70% units sold and 72.75% incomes. The average price of a card, $245.15 is quite high. Unsurprisingly, it is followed by the Mainstream card segment ($80 to $149). However, if the latter represents 22.5% of discrete card sales, the incomes of this segment are only of 13.63%. Finally, we have noted the counter performance of the value segment a 3.16%.
Some might be surprised by the very small gap ($3.85) between the average prices of the performance segment compared to the above one. We know that this company is specialized in financial studies but these reports would most probably gain in interest if the segmentation was modified to take into consideration the evolutions of the market during the past few years.