According to data compiled by CPUBenchmark, at the close of Q3 2019 AMD has secured a third of the global CPU market share for the first time in 12 years, destabilizing Intel’s grip for the first time in so many years.
AMD Market Share of 2019 & 2020
AMD’s rise is attributable to the massive success of its Zen architecture-based CPUs which launched back in 2017, namely the Ryzen, Ryzen Pro, Ryzen Threadripper, and EPYC products. AMD has witnessed an approximate growth of 70% thanks in part to these flagship CPUs.
Apart from the feat of clawing back market share from a meager 18% back in 2016 to around 23% by the middle of 2019, much of the growth is attributed to Q3 2019, where AMD’s market share made a considerable jump to more than 30%. It’s all in stark contrast to AMD’s decade long steady decline from a 50% market share back in 2006 to an all-time low of around 18% in 2016.
CPUBenchmark data also paints a genuine picture of the market thanks to the fact its figures are based on CPUs being actively used rather than pure sales. But, sales are equally impressive as it is has become increasingly difficult to find retailers across Europe and the US that still stock AMD third-generation CPUs from the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 series due to the sheer scale of demand from consumers. German retailer, Ingebor, estimates that AMD products currently account for 81% of CPU sales against Intel’s much lower 19%.
What Will Happen Next?
With the recent launch of both the Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 3500X alongside the expected release of the Ryzen 3950X next month, AMD is on a course to command even more market share from Intel for the foreseeable future.
Intel is unlikely to do nothing while AMD encroaches on its erstwhile domain and is expected to engage in similar price-cutting strategies to maintain its dominant position. It’s all good news for builders who should see a marked drop in CPU prices across the board as a consequence.