AMD Ryzen processors are still completely dominant in the desktop CPU market, but Intel is apparently gaining some ground – and in fact, Intel’s market share in 2020 has never been as strong as it is now, according to new figures from a German retailer.
Mindfactory’s stats for August (for desktop CPU sales) show that AMD now holds an 84% stake (the stats were highlighted by Ingebor on Reddit, who usually provides these numbers).
So let’s have no doubt that AMD is still gaining a mile (or three), and even in terms of revenue share – where Intel performed better earlier than it did when it moved units ̵
In the days before Ryzen 3000, when AMD had a 68% market share, Intel’s revenue was more split between 50 and 50, as you may recall – so the balance has changed dramatically.
The bright spot for Intel, however, is that AMD previously hit a high of 91% of units sold in April in 2020, which left Intel at just 9% – but since then and since Comet Lake launched, Intel has moved up to 16% , the best performance Mindfactory has seen all year, as mentioned at the beginning.
As always, keep in mind that these are stats from just one online retailer, so they barely reflect the full picture of the CPU market (and this, of course, relates to sales of desktop chips, not laptops where Intel still rules the quarters).
Comet Lake is blazing?
So why the (admittedly minor) Intel resurgence? Is this a sign that Comet Lake may be doing the trick against Ryzen 3000 to some extent and making progress?
While the Core i7-10700K is selling well and is Intel’s strongest offering overall, the other major player, interestingly, is the 9th generation flagship, the Core i9-9900K, which sells way more than the new 10900K.
Intel’s 9th generation chips continue to do well overall, with the 9700K outperforming the 10600K as the next two best-selling Intel processors after the 10700K and 9900K. From an overall perspective, much of this may be due to stock issues with Comet Lake and discounts on the outgoing Coffee Late Refresh CPUs, as Mindfactory cut prices significantly – with the 9900K dropping the most (from around € 530) before the Comet Lake, then around € 400, a price drop of around 25%).
The best-selling AMD model remains the Ryzen 5 3600 – no surprises – followed by the Ryzen 7 3700X.
While things are looking at least a bit better for Intel right now, Ryzen 4000 is the looming dark cloud on the near horizon, which will no doubt cause Mindfactory’s sales numbers to shift again (especially if the rumor mill is on the money, how powerful they are This next generation Zen 3 chips will be.