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AMD hits highest overall X86 market share in 13 years

Can AMD reach 50% desktop X86 market share with the new Ryzen 5000 CPUs by mid-2021? (Image Source: EnterpriseAI)
Can AMD reach 50% desktop X86 market share with the new Ryzen 5000 CPUs by mid-2021? (Image Source: EnterpriseAI)
AMD's overall X86 market share at the end of Q3 2020 reached 22.4%. The desktop CPU market share is already higher than 20% and, with the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, it may quickly climb to new all-time-highs in the next few quarters. Thanks to the success recorded by the Renoir APUs, AMD's notebook market share also reached an all-time-high 20.2%, while the server sector is not doing that great with only 6.6% market share.

A critical turning point for AMD may have been reached this year when Intel announced it would postpone its 7 nm CPUs to 2022 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.

(Image Source: Tom's Hardware)
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1756 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-11- 4 (Update: 2020-11- 5)