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AMD grabs 21.4% of the x86 market in Q4 2005

AMD is now pushing past 20% marketshare with no signs of slowdown according to numbers from Mercury Research. The Sunnyvale company was able to grab 21.4% of the market for the fourth quarter, up from 17.7% in the third quarter. The increase is one of AMD largest gains in recent memory and is hopefully a sign of things to come.

Broken down by sector, AMD captured 24.3% of the desktop market, 15.1% of the notebook market and 16.4% of the server market. The company's overall marketshare for all of 2005 was 18.2% which represents a 2.5 point increase from the year before.

Dean McCarron of Mercury Research states: "Basically, I think the fundamental difference between AMD today and AMD two years ago [when the company had a lower market share] is that it has competitive product offerings in every segment. Because [AMD] has something to sell, they're selling it."

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By mofo3k on 1/25/2006 9:28:10 AM , Rating: 2
I know the Turion isn't a bad chip, but it isn't a great one either. They really need to focus on the mobile market because that's where the future is headed. I am quite glad to hear this news though. I admit it, I'm an AMD fanboy.

RE: Mobile!
By phaxmohdem on 1/25/2006 10:03:45 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, Turion is good, but not incredible. I'd much rather have a Core Duo at this point, perhaps AMD can pull something out of their collective butts when they launch the dual core turion that can even the playing field, or even tilt it a tad in their direction.

RE: Mobile!
By TwistyKat on 1/25/2006 12:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'd much rather have a Core Duo at this point

What, with all the bugs and all? :-)

RE: Mobile!
By Samus on 1/25/2006 8:29:19 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, both chips have numerous bugs. Will they bug you? Probably not. If AMD can move the Venice to 65nm in the next year they'll have it running around 50-watts on dual core, competitive with the 35-watts a 2GHz Core Duo does.

Don't forget the Athlon64 architecture (including Turion) is still significatly faster clock for clock across the board than the Pentium M.

RE: Mobile!
By bupkus on 1/25/2006 10:06:13 AM , Rating: 3
Somehow I believe they're aware of the situation.

RE: Mobile!
By tuteja1986 on 1/25/2006 10:37:29 AM , Rating: 2
I am just waiting for the counter attack CPU when Intel' Conores are release :)

By ceefka on 1/25/2006 9:22:44 AM , Rating: 2
Congratulations AMD!

Doesn't this actually undermine AMD's claim about Intel?

Anyway, these are good numbers, as were the benchies on all their CPUs since AMD64. Bought an X2 3800+ myself last month.

RE: Monopoly
By smitty3268 on 1/25/2006 12:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't this actually undermine AMD's claim about Intel?

I think it does, but I'm not sure AMD even cares if it wins the lawsuit. I think that AMD saw they were positioned well to gain marketshare and decided to launch the lawsuit in order to preemptively attack Intel. Presumably Intel is being much more careful about telling manufacturers not to use AMD than they were before.

RE: Monopoly
By Viditor on 1/25/2006 12:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't this actually undermine AMD's claim about Intel?

Remember that this is a civil even if the situation changes and Intel relaxes their hold on OEMs, they are still responsible for the damages they have already caused.

RE: Monopoly
By armagedon on 1/25/2006 3:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
exactly on the point. That was a smart move from them, more carefully plan than first though.

RE: Monopoly
By on 1/25/2006 1:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't this actually undermine AMD's claim about Intel?

On the contrary, it seems to prove AMD's claim. With this antitrust lawsuit hanging over their head, Intel can't continue making supply threats against vendors.

AMD has been making better chips than Intel for several years now, but their share was dwindling. Such a gigantic leap in such a short period of time (since the lawsuit was filed) underlines that something wasn't kosher in the marketplace.

AMD what ?
By armagedon on 1/25/2006 2:59:11 PM , Rating: 2
it also shows that people seems to know more what an "AMD???" is...

RE: AMD what ?
By Samus on 1/25/2006 8:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
If they can take 50% overall combined marketplace, the competition will theoretically be in harmony because they are now the only mainstream CPU manufacturers in the world (bye-bye IBM/Motorola thanks to Apple)

RE: AMD what ?
By MrEMan on 1/26/2006 9:19:22 AM , Rating: 2
"(bye-bye IBM/Motorola thanks to Apple)"

Just what exacty do you base that comment on? Apple's perpetual 2-5% of the PC market?

If your comment is true, is it financially viable to produce a CPU for such a small marketshare?

RE: AMD what ?
By modestninja on 1/26/2006 11:13:27 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, IBM produces (or at least produced chips for other clients than apple. Also, they have their cell processor in the PS3. IBM processors just don't find their way into mainstream computers anymore, but they still make plenty of them.

By toant103 on 1/25/2006 12:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
I like the Turion too but AMD notebook manufaturer needs to equip the cpu with high end videocard. I wanted a gaming notebook but none of AMD notebook has a kickass videocard. I went with Dell and got the XPS gen2

RE: Turion
By armagedon on 1/25/2006 2:57:38 PM , Rating: 2
well, there's a couple with an ATI X700 which is not so bad and will run all current games. Remember that almost all Centrino laptops ship with a lame 900x video.
An higher end card does shorten dramatically battery life.

Good News
By Questar on 1/25/2006 12:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's good news to see greater competition. Hopefully AMD will continue on a roll and continue their market share gains. I'd like to see them beyond where they were five years ago.

By Clauzii on 1/25/2006 1:11:53 PM , Rating: 2
Isn´t it amazing?!! Who´d ever thought this would happen? - Exept AMD, that is :)

By MIKEMIKE on 1/25/2006 9:07:21 AM , Rating: 1
better have something to come back with Intel if you dont feel a squeeze comin on

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