AMD overtakes Intel in desktop CPU market share for the first time in 15 years

AMD has just edged out Intel in desktop CPU market share for the first time in 15 years on the strength of its Ryzen series of processors, first released in 2017. 

The market share figures, gathered by PassMark Software’s PerformanceTest benchmarking tool, showed AMD with a 50.8% share of the Windows desktop CPU market worldwide to 49.2% for Team Blue on January 4, 2021. Intel regained a slight 0.4% lead on January 5, but AMD has still passed the silicon Rubicon in its battle with its archrival.   

The last time AMD beat out Intel was Q1 2006, with a peak of 53.9% market share, which it lost the following quarter as Intel went on an 11-year tear and came close to claiming nearly 80% of the desktop CPU market in Q4 2016.

AMD Market Share

(Image credit: PassMark Software)

With the release of AMD’s Ryzen series of CPUs in 2017, however, things quickly turned around for Team Red. It has quickly climbed back to parity with Intel, and with offerings like the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X less than a three months old, there’s little reason to think that AMD will slip the way the company did last time.

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