Intel and AMD Market Share (x86 Desktop) 2020

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This interactive statistic highlights Intel and AMD’s market share in the x86 desktop space. AMD market share has risen from 10.9% in Q3 FY17 to over 18% in Q3 FY19. Intel’s share, on the other hand, stood at around 82% during Q3 FY19.
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By Sankul Iyer

This interactive statistic highlights Intel and AMD’s market share in the x86 desktop space, and the data has been sourced from Mercury Research.

Importance of tracking x86 desktop market share: x86 is a series of instruction set architecture initially developed by Intel. It is one of the most commonly used CPU platforms. Since then, it has been manufactured by other companies as well, including but not limited to AMD under the brands Sempron, Opteron and Athlon. Till date Intel and AMD have been the primary sources of x86 desktops. Tracking the x86 desktop market share would help in observing the play-offs between the two industry giants particularly regarding the demand for their desktops.

x86 desktop market share as a metric: A relatively higher desktop market share would be a positive performance indicator for a company.

Analysis of the Statistic: In Q3 FY 2019, Intel kept up its streak of being the majority market share holder with 82%, while AMD grabbed just 18%. In Q3 FY 2018, AMD held onto 13% of the x86 desktops while in Q3 FY 2017, this figure stood at 10.90%. In each of the last two quarters of FY 2016, AMD’s share of the market was below 10%. Meanwhile, Intel had a stronghold over the market which was in excess of 90% in each of the last two quarters of FY 2016. This goes to show that AMD has gradually gained market share at Intel’s expense and that it’s Zen and Zen 2-based chips have been a commercial as well as a technical success.

About Mercury Research: Mercury Research is a research firm targeting semiconductors. This article is based on data provided by the aforementioned research firm on x86 desktop market share of two peers within the microprocessor industry: AMD and Intel.

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