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AMD Sells Almost 1 Million Ryzen 5000 CPUs, Loses Market Share to Intel

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AMD Shipped Almost a Million Ryzen 5000 ‘Zen 3’ Series of Desktop CPUs in the 4th Quarter of 2020, But Intel Gained Overall in Notebook and Desktop Market Share

A report from Mercury Research on the latest CPU market share shows that AMD and Intel made the most remarkable strides during the 4th quarter of 2020. The data released by the firm showed that AMD had the highest sales since its establishment, with its new Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs nearing a million sales in the fourth quarter. But for the first time in three years, Intel gained over AMD since the release of the Ryzen CPUs.

The AMD shipment of almost one million Desktop CPUs of Ryzen 5000 in the fourth quarter of 2020 marked its largest growth ever; this was the first time for Intel to Gain Overall in the CPUs market share in three years.

Both Intel and AMD, the major CPU manufacturers, had something new to talk about at the end of 2020. AMD made the largest sales ever in its history, shipping more than a million units in one quarter. This happened amidst the constrained supplies by the company’s 7nm and TSMC process node being gobbled up entirely by several of AMD’s existing 7nm product lines and consoles.

Well, making sales that near a million isn’t a joke. It shows the insane demand that AMD CPUs generated towards the end of 2020 and promises more sales going towards 2021 as the overall supply normalizes.

AMD noted that in a press release, Ryzen 5000 demand was overwhelming by a large margin. AMD also said that they grew strongly in the clients’ CPUs, although a little less than Intel, which is why they lost their shares. AMD stated that Ryzen 5000 gained explosive “Vermeer” core CPUs in the 1st quarter of the shipment. This out-shipped the company’s earlier CPU ramp by twice.

When this happened, it was good news for Intel because it had managed to increase the CPU market share in the notebook and desktop segments. Intel’s successes were mainly because of its increased manufacturing capability that allowed offering a larger volume of Core i5 and Core i3 families. As we speak, Intel has a desktop market share of 80.7 percent, but AMD’s share dropped from 20.1 percent to 19.3 percent.

In a press release, Dean McCarron from Mercury research linked Intel’s ability to outgrow AMD with its increased capacity of high shipment of core i5 and i3 and manufacturing.

Similar results were realized for the notebook market with the AMD, but it could not fulfill the huge demands for the Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ APUs during the 2nd half of 2020. Since then, Ryzen 5000 introduced ‘Cezanne’ lineup. However, it did not start the shipment till later in the last quarter. The majority of the CPUs notebook shipped were mainly budget tier and entry-level designs, including the AMD’s Athlon A6/A4 and Intel’s Celeron. These designs were intended for low-cost PCs and Chromebooks. The CPUs’ market share in the notebook is shared by 81 percent for Intel and 19 percent for AMD in the last quarter of 2020.

AMD continued with its growth in the server segment and climbed to a market share of 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020. As AMD is gaining shares steadily from Intel and with its Gen 3 EPYC Milan on edge, we expect to see a continuation of this momentum in the second half of 2021.

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