AMD’s CPU Market Share Hits Decade-high of 30 percent

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At this point, calling Ryzen a success story is getting redundant. But AMD’s latest processor architecture just keeps on making history. According to CPU Benchmark, AMD’s grabbed a 30 percent share of the CPU market as of Q3 2019, the first time it’s done so in over 10 years. 2007 was the last time Team Red mattered this much in the CPU space.

What’s even more surprising is that the CPU Benchmark figures aren’t for CPUs sold. Rather they’re for CPUs in use. This makes it much harder to improve rankings since it factors in all those Haswell, Ivy Bridge, and Sandy Bridge parts people are still happily rocking. When it comes to current sales, the situation is even brighter for AMD. DIY channel sales show Ryzen outselling the Intel competition by as much as 4:1 in certain geographies.

While first and second-gen Ryzen marked the return of AMD to a performant CPU stack, Ryzen 3000 marked the point where they finally achieved performance parity with Intel in gaming workloads. With Ryzen’s chiplet design, AMD’s been able to offer more cores and threads at every given price-point: and better or equivalent gaming performance. This doesn’t even factor in that almost all Ryzen parts can be overclocked with almost all AM4+ motherboards out of the box. Intel’s near-monopoly over the CPU market for the past decade has meant that performance has stagnated while pricing steadily became less competitive. Ryzen forced Team Blue to acknowledge this for the first time, with price cuts first in the HEDT segment and how on their F series processor.

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Intel still maintains a commanding lead in the enterprise and server markets. This is why Team Blue’s annual revenue of over $70 billion is ten times larger than AMD’s market capitalization. Nevertheless, if EPYC continues to make inroads in the server market, even that might become an area of concern.

The historic increase in AMD’s market share is a great thing for everyone. AMD has more cash in to put towards R&D. Consumers have more choices. And Intel will be forced to take note and price things more competitively. At the end of the day, high-end Intel parts still offer the best single-threaded performance. A more price-competitive Intel would be a great thing for all gamers. It makes no sense to pay 2x Ryzen money for 5 extra FPS. But if that came down to 10-20 percent…well, that’s a whole different ballgame.

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