Double dose of fortune for AMD as Dell comes knocking and Steam's Hardware Survey delivers a new milestone
2019 continues to be a standout year for AMD, especially thanks to the impact that the Matisse-based Ryzen 3000 series has had. Now it seems that Dell has come knocking at Team Red’s door again to find a solution to the problem of Intel’s chip shortage. Ryzen processors can already be found in Dell products, both in desktops and laptops; in fact, the American computer manufacturer announced the availability of AMD Ryzen-based Inspiron laptops back in April.
Dell’s CFO, Tom Sweet, specifically stated in an interview with Yahoo Finance that the company was “evaluating AMD chips”. It would be a considerable feather in the cap for AMD if a larger deal with Dell was struck, and it would be a blow to Intel. Intel has also had to suffer the ignominy of dipping below 80% in Steam’s hardware and software survey for November in terms of processor usage. AMD now has 20.5% of the share compared to Team Blue’s 79.5%.
Of course, it needs to be pointed out just how impressive Intel’s lead over AMD still is. But it has been waning steadily; by the middle of 2018 Intel was heading for 85% share in Steam’s processor survey. But apart from the occasional blip, AMD has managed to eat away at Intel’s lead consistently over the last months, to the point that the Ryzen vs. Core contest is starting to look more and more in AMD’s favor.