AMD Claws Back CPU Market Share From Intel for the First Time in 4 Years Thanks to Ryzen

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, May 2, 2017 10:00 AM

AMD’s downward spiral in the CPU market has at last been halted, at least temporarily. After 14 consecutive quarters of decline, the latest quarterly market share report from PassMark suggests the release of its Ryzen CPUs has resulted in a slight bump for AMD.

Q1 2017 saw AMD increase its market share by roughly 2%. Not a huge amount in the grand scheme of things, however, it has arrested the decline and given AMD some much-needed momentum. Any swing in market share does take a fair amount of time, as it’s not often we’re upgrading CPUs. Intel’s own dominance since 2006 took the best part of three years to achieve, meaning AMD is going to need to keep this positive momentum going if it wants to see continued success.

2% of the entire market is by no means insignificant, suggesting 1 in 50 PC users upgraded to Ryzen since its launch. These figures also only take into account Q1 of this calendar year, meaning AMD Ryzen was only on sale for a month when this data was collected. By all accounts, AMD Ryzen has been a success. Both the Ryzen 7 and the recent Ryzen 5 families have all been regularly unavailable, suggesting AMD is selling through its stock quickly.

The latest figures suggest we’re still nowhere near parity between Intel and AMD, it being 11 years since the two last split the market evenly. As it now stands, AMD holds 20.3% of the market share vs the 79.7% of Intel.

To some degree, a sales bump is to be expected from a new CPU family, but where things should get really interesting is during the next quarter’s results. This will have given AMD time to sort its supply constraints out there, work with partners for increased AM4 motherboard availability, and take into account sales of its more affordable Ryzen 5 range.

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07:02 May-05-2017

I would have ryzen in mind, but it's too late :| i already have an intel mobo. So ill have to upgrade to another intel CPU

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09:51 May-05-2017

think about this: with the same price of an i7 you get an AM4 B350 mobo + a good 6 core ryzen 5.

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07:37 May-03-2017

AMD is fighting for our future. And this is the result of them doing really good!

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00:49 May-03-2017

good news for us

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18:51 May-02-2017

way to go md

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17:46 May-02-2017

what competition can do :)

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15:53 May-02-2017

Competition FTW babyeeee

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14:59 May-02-2017

Nice. I bought my CPU just one month before Ryzen was up for sale, so it'll be some years before I buy a replacement. Until then, I hope that AMD will keep pushing competition, driving the prices down and improving the overall quality of its products.

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12:00 May-02-2017

what happened around Q1 2006 that gave Intel such a big boost and AMD left behind?

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12:06 May-02-2017

I'd assume either Core 2 Duo/Quad etc OR first i7's

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12:24 May-02-2017

Yeah just checked, first Core 2 CPUs were released in 2006.

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13:30 May-02-2017

Core 2 duo and AMD had nothing until 2007 when they released the phenom CPUs, which were problematic.

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10:36 May-02-2017

Judging from the graph, shouldn't the article read: AMD increased their market share by over 10%, or 2 percentage points?

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10:20 May-02-2017

all i can say is that AMD is fighting for us and better future for not only gamers but the whole computing industry. we have to support them!

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10:29 May-02-2017

They are for now.

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13:06 May-02-2017

just bought a Ryzen 5 1600X chip mate :) come on red team!

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10:11 May-02-2017

AMD's back in the game! Competition is always welcome!

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19:40 May-03-2017

Especially when consumers benefit!!! :D

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10:10 May-02-2017

Keep it up AMD :) I know you can make our lives far more affordable with good competition. Just keep it up man!

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