AMD hits highest overall X86 market share in 13 years
A critical turning point for AMD may have been reached this year when Intel announced it would postpone or even beyond. Team Red was already recording substantial growth year over year ever since it launched the Zen architecture back in 2017, but, with Intel essentially acknowledging its production shortcomings, AMD seems even more poised to increase its market share in the coming quarters. This is clearly backed-up by the latest Mercury Research statistics included in AMD’s Q3 2020 earnings report, according to which Team Red has managed to hit the highest overall market share since 2007.
According to the Mercury Research report, AMD’s Q3 2020 overall X86 share hit a high of 22.4%, which is 6.3% higher than Q3 2019. Further dissecting each sector, we see that the desktop X86 share hit a 20.1% high, a 2.1% increase YoY. This would be the 12th consecutive quarter of ever-increasing growth and the highest share since Q4 2013. The notebook X86 sector is doing even better, with an all-time high share of 20.2%, which is 5.5% higher YoY, no doubt thanks ot the Renoir APUs On the client X86 side, the share is identical to the notebook sector, with a YoY growth of 4.3%. AMD is not really shining in the server sector, however. Here, the market share has reached 6.6%, with 2.3% growth YoY. AMD specifies that all this data does not take IoT devices into consideration.
Now, one thing to keep in mind is that these statistics ware recorded before the Zen 3 architecture launch happening now in early November. From what we have seen in leaked benchmarks and early reviews, the Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs are indeed beating Intel’s Comet Lake models and offer an enticing price/performance factor that will most likely help AMD dominate the sales in the next two quarters and increase the market share even further. Intel’s answer to this should come with the Rocket Lake CPUs, but these are scheduled to release by the end of Q1 2021, so Team Blue is going to miss out on the holiday sale season.