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.