German January report shows Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs outselling AMD's Ryzen models
The Ryzen CPU lineup launched in 2017 really helped AMD to consolidate its position as a true Intel competitor, and the impressive processor sales even brought the first profits in long, hard years. Mindfactory.de, the largest German e-tailer, was announcing in September 2017 that the Ryzen CPU sales managed to overtake Intel’s sales and this continued through last November. However, the December 2017 and January 2018 reports mark a sudden interest in Intel’s gen 8 Coffee Lake processors launched in Q3 2017.
Back in mid-2017, Intel was relying heavily on the 4-core/8-thread i7-7700K CPU sales, while AMD was already offering up to 16 cores and extended support for future models with the new Ryzen and Threadripper processors. September was the month when Intel finally unleashed the gen 8 Coffee Lake CPUs, but availability was quite limited up until November (54% AMD vs 46% Intel). It looks like the Germans were waiting for the Holiday special prices and as soon as Intel’s i7-8700K hit the stocks in large amounts, Intel’s sales bumped back above the AMD ones. January saw a similar trend, and now Intel’s overall sales sit at a comfortable 64% versus AMD’s 36%. AMD’s profits were mostly driven by the budget segment sales, whereas Intel’s sales saw massive gains from the unlocked CPUs that mostly appeal to the gaming sector.
It will be interesting to see how things unfold when AMD launches the 12 nm Zen+ update for the Ryzen family in Q2 this year.