Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Jul 2017 10:10 UTC

AMD has reportedly gained 10.4 percentage points of CPU market share in the second quarter of 2017. This makes it the largest x86 CPU market share gain in the history of the Sunnyvale, California based chip maker against its much larger rival Intel.

The data is courtesy of PassMark's quarterly market share report, which is based on the thousands of submissions that go through the database in any given quarter. It's important to note that because PassMark's market share data is based on benchmark submissions it counts actual systems in use, rather than systems sold. It also does not include consoles or any computer systems running operating systems other than Windows.

With AMD's Ryzen processors being the new hotness right now, I'd indeed expect benchmarking sites to get more Ryzen submissions, even if it's not a 10% market share swing in favour of AMD. That being said, it's clear that AMD is having an impact right now, and as consumers, we should welcome this.

I do dislike the fact that the chart only has two lines to show. We'd be better off with more than just two x86 chip makers, but alas.

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RE: X86 License
by Sauron on Mon 3rd Jul 2017 13:50 UTC in reply to "X86 License"
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Intel will not grant new licenses and licenses expire if the company is bought. It looked like Samsung wanted AMD for a while, but it was clear that the moment AMD was bought their licenses to make x86 chips would expire.

As far as I'm aware nobody is buying AMD and AMD isn't even for sale.
I think if things were to come to that though, Intel would be under a lot of pressure and maybe even forced to issue a x86 license. Competition laws and monopolies being what they are these days, and rightly so!

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