It was already visible in the quarterly reports from AMD and Intel, now it’s in black and white: desktop CPUs are selling poorly. So much so that analysts believe it was the largest percentage drop in decades, or on record since 1993.
The decline in sales of desktop processors in the first quarter of 2022 was more than 30 percent compared to the previous three-month period. AMD and Intel lost similar amounts, but AMD slightly less. On a global scale, this has hardly been reflected in the market shares in the desktop area. Compared to the previous year, Intel is still up slightly by 1.1 percentage points, while AMD gave up this share. Compared to the previous fourth quarter of 2021, however, the picture is different, AMD won and Intel lost here.
Crashing entry market
sees the weaknesses Mercury Research especially in the entry-level market. AMD is not as present in this, so the impact on Intel is significantly greater. Intel had already explained in the quarterly report that the desktop business had given way, but also with notebooks. Here, in turn, the significant drop in sales was offset by much higher average prices for new Alder Lake processors. At AMD, too, the first sales of Rembrandt alias Ryzen 6000 are said to have contributed to a positive development, so AMD was loud in the notebook Mercury Research nibble away market share from Intel again.
Tedious wrestling in the server
In the server segment, it’s ultimately the same game as it has been for three years: AMD wins, Intel loses. Intel’s blatant weakness in delivering products according to a planned roadmap is something that AMD can always exploit a little more. AMD will also have welcomed the delay of Sapphire Rapids with satisfaction. AMD should continue to grow in this segment in the coming months. As usual, however, the following applies to the server area: the squirrel feeds itself with difficulty, it takes an extremely long time before changes in market shares become visible here.
Total CPU Market Share: AMD Wins
The overall result is impressive, especially for AMD. The gain in market share within one year is 7 percentage points to 27.7 percent in this extraordinary first quarter.
At Intel, the development is going in the opposite direction. In the desktop, thanks to strong products, you can win again over AMD. Despite losses in almost every area, Intel’s dominance is still serious.
The fact that the total market share at AMD is ultimately higher than the sum of the three large parts is due to the IoT and SoC sectors, which are not included. All console chips run in the SoC segment, which ultimately significantly expand AMD’s market share for all x86 chips shipped and deduct them accordingly from Intel’s market shares in the overall market.
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