AMD Ryzen and Epyc CPUs account for a quarter of all devices

Chipping away at Intel.

Two AMD Ryzen CPUs versus one Intel processor.
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AMD has proven popular over the past year, as its CPUs have gained significant market share. Mercury Research’s Q1 2024 report shows that Ryzen and Epyc processors have loosened Intel’s grip on consumer and server markets, even if Team Blue is still firmly in control.

Shedding light on the premium report, TweakTown shares that AMD hasn’t missed a beat over the past 12 months. Demand for 4th Gen Epyc has increased AMD’s standing in the server market by 5.6%. Epyc now accounts for 23.6% compared to 18% in 2023. Meanwhile, Ryzen CPUs make up 23.6% of desktop shipments against 19.2% just last year, showing a 4.7% leap.

Mobile CPUs were a little less impressive than their counterparts, but a 3.1% year-on-year growth is nothing to scoff at. With 19.3% in Q1 2024 versus 16.2% in 2023, AMD’s growth here is likely due to new gaming laptops and handheld dominance. After all, Ryzen sits in Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion Go, and most OneXPlayer and Ayaneo devices. On the other hand, Intel has MSI Claw under its belt, which isn’t the most impressive kit.

Combining server, desktop, and mobile segments, AMD has gained a 2.6% market share year-on-year. This might not sound as imposing as previous figures, but gunning for the king isn’t easy. No matter which way you slice it, upwards is upwards.

Intel has a lot to fix if it wants to retain its lead. So far, 13th and 14th Gen Core i9 processors are still under fire for instability, with no resolution in sight. In fact, the only semblance of a solution hindered performance so much that Intel has since suggested you don’t use baseline profiles.

Computex will define Q2 2024 as AMD CEO Lisa Su delivers a keynote on June 3 at 09:30 (UCT+8). Intel’s Pat Gelsinger will follow up with Team Blue’s address on June 4, likely bringing Arrow Lake into the mix. Details are a little thin right now, but you can expect a whole lot of AI-driven chatter as neural processing units (NPUs) take centre stage. While AMD is primed to keep up the pace, this is such a fledgling area that it can make or break either company.