AMD has reportedly snatched away 10.4% of the worldwide CPU market share from rivals during the second quarter of 2017. With this, the Sunnyvale, California-based chip maker has registered its biggest ever gain in the x86 CPU market against arch rival Intel.
The data comes from PassMark’s quarterly market share report that’s based on the thousands of submissions that go through the database every quarter. Worth noting, considering that PassMark’s market share data relies on benchmark submissions, it reflects the actual number of system in use in the given period rather than the total number of units sold. It also excludes gaming consoles, as well as computers powered by an operating system other than Windows.
With the new data taken into account, AMD now controls 31% market share – the largest it has managed in the CPU market in a decade. That’s pretty impressive considering that the company had a market share of just 20.6% only a quarter ago. A 10% gain of market share in a single quarter is unprecedented in the x86 CPU market.
Note that AMD gained only 2.2% in Q1 2017 – that was probably because only half of AMD’s latest Ryzen SKUs for desktops had hit the store shelves till then. Apart from that, the initial launch was also followed by a serious shortage of supply of AM4 motherboards.
The Q2, however, was remarkably different. The shortage of AM4 boards had been addressed by then. On top of that, AMD rolled out the mainstream variants of Ryzen, allowing buyers a much larger pool to choose from.