AMD has been doing extremely well in the CPU market over the last couple of years, as the launch of the Zen architecture brought some much needed competition back to the forefront. We are currently awaiting the launch of Zen 2, which will push AMD CPUs over to the 7nm process but in the meantime, researchers have shared details on AMD's current market share, which has been growing.
According to statistics from Mercury Research (via ExtremeTech), AMD's share of the desktop x86 processor market now sits at 17.1 percent in Q1 2019, which is up from 15.8 percent in Q4 2018 and an improvement of 4.9 percent year-on-year.
AMD also made some gains in the x86 notebook processor market, going from 8 percent in Q1 2018 to 13.1 percent in Q1 2019. The only area where AMD did see a dip was in the x86 server market, where it fell from 3.2 percent in Q4 2018 to 2.9 percent in Q1 2019. However, if you look at the year-on-year result, AMD still has a bigger stake this year than it did in Q1 2018, when it reportedly had a 1 percent unit share.
Of course, these numbers are likely to change over the year ahead. AMD will be moving over to the Zen 2 architecture across desktop and server chips. There will also be a generational leap in process nodes, as we move from 12nm on Zen+ CPUs to 7nm on Zen 2. Intel will be fighting back with its own processors though, with 10nm chips coming from team blue starting in June, with a move over to 7nm projected in 2021.
KitGuru Says: Computex is coming up in just a couple of weeks, so we can expect to hear a lot more about Zen 2, alongside new Ryzen and EPYC processors. Are many of you planning on upgrading your PC this year? Will you be looking to get a 3rd Gen Ryzen?