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.
…it wouldn’t be just x86 and Winux. Hopefully also not the anarchy of heterogeneous platforms we had in the 90s (pc, mac, next, be, atari, amiga, sun, dec, …).
Now that software is somewhat standardized, it would be welcome to have a greater choice of cpu and systems, even though more choices makes thinks harder to chose from.
Suffice to look at CPU fragmentation to understand that too much choice is not always a good thing. But a better Via CPU would have been great too (the Nanos were good).
I just hope what Apple and nVidia made of the ARM architecture would also benefit AMD in the server market. I’m sure they can also target mobile CPUs.
I’d like to see desktop (open)risc and arm cpu’s too
even for games, the OS / CPU / GPU etc should be completely irrelevant in this day and age…