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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by Treza on Sun 2nd Jul 2017 17:54 UTC
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Now Microsoft and Qualcomm are popularizing the idea of having x86 compatibility without a x86 CPU.

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RE: Emulation
by Kochise on Sun 2nd Jul 2017 18:59 in reply to "Emulation"
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Yet, what's the point of having x86 without x86 ? Why not native not-x86 ?

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by Treza on Sun 2nd Jul 2017 19:20 in reply to "RE: Emulation"
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Why not both ?

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by tidux on Mon 3rd Jul 2017 02:54 in reply to "RE: Emulation"
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> Yet, what's the point of having x86 without x86 ? Why not native not-x86 ?

Windows. Every single time Microsoft has tried Windows that couldn't run x86 Win32 binaries, it's been a colossal failure. Backwards compatibility is by far their #1 business asset at this point.

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RE[2]: Emulation
by Andre on Mon 3rd Jul 2017 19:18 in reply to "RE: Emulation"
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Because Windows.

On a Linux/*nix environment, you would simply recompile the software to the target environment, which is possible because the source code is distributed.

On a Windows platform, it's customary to only supply a binary. Therefore, the software vendor has to actively take action when Windows is going to run on another architecture. Which they might not be willing or able to do.

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