AMD sets new CPU market share record despite Intel's Alder Lake impact on the desktop and laptop segments ↺
The competition between the two big CPU heavyweights Intel and AMD has arguably become a lot more exciting over the past few years. AMD has undoubtedly made a remarkable comeback after considerably falling behind its main competitor in the early and mid 2010s. This valiant effort is now reflected in a new all-time market share record.
According to a report by Tom's Hardware which refers to the latest findings of Mercury Research, AMD has controlled 25.6% of the x86 processor market in the final quarter of 2021. This is the Santa Clara-based company's highest share ever and slightly surpasses its previous record of 25.3% that has been set one and a half decades ago. The new record is mainly attributed to considerable gains in the server CPU segment as well as significantly increasing shipments of gaming consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, all of which are based on AMD CPUs and GPUs.
However, the impact of Intel's new Alder Lake processors could be felt in the quite important desktop and mobile CPU segment, in which AMD's market share actually decreased to 16.2% and 21.6% respectively. It remains to be seen if AMD can gain some steam in these two consumer-facing markets as it prepares for the launch of its updated and highly anticipated Ryzen 6000 and 7000 CPUs later this year.