AMD has been going strong with its latest CPU and GPU offerings. AMD Ryzen is a beast and comes with a strategic price advantage. AMD is also making waves in GPU space with announcements about Vega GPU. AMD unveiled the much-anticipated Vega GPU at CES 2017. Vega 10 is expected to handle memory traffic much more efficiently. AMD has also announced that the new architecture will significantly cut back on wasteful memory allocations with the High Bandwidth Controller reducing wasteful memory allocations by as much as 50%. It looks like AMD’s investments and efforts have finally paid off.

AMD gains market share from Intel for the first time in 3 years

According to reports, AMD has gained 2.2% CPU market share in Q1 2017. Since Q1 2014, AMD has always seen the number hover around 1%. This is the first time AMD has gained meaningful share against its competitor Intel. The data comes from PassMark’s quarterly market share report.

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PassMark’s market share data is based on benchmark submissions. As a result, it counts the actual systems in use and is not necessarily indicative of the number of systems sold. And it excludes PCs and consoles running non-Windows OS. And so the data isn’t really reflective of the non-Windows user base.

Coupled with 2.2% CPU market share gain, AMD’s CPU user base has grown by over 12% in Q1 2017. The sales are mainly driven by Ryzen. Increasing number of users are purchasing and building PCs with Ryzen. Ryzen processors have been selling like hot cakes. Initially, Ryzen CPUs were going out of stock as soon as they were put on sale, mainly in Germany, UK, and North America. And the trend continues to this day.

More details about PassMark

  • This graph counts the baselines submitted to us during these time period and therefore is representative of CPUs in use rather than CPUs purchased.
  • The Quarters are by the calendar year rather than financial. (i.e. Q1 starts January 1st)
  • Baselines can be submitted from anywhere, therefore, these are global statistics.
  • We do receive a small number of submissions of CPU types other than AMD and Intel, however, the percentage is so small as to make it not worth graphing. This combined with rounding off the percentages to 2 decimal places will account for each quarter not always adding up to exactly 100%.
  • This chart only includes x86 processors and does not include other chip architectures these manufacturers may sell.
  • This chart only includes CPUs installed into PCs and does not include game consoles.
  • As the PerformanceTest software only runs on Windows OS and counts on user submitting their benchmarks. This chart may be non-reflective of non-Windows user base.

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