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Sandy Bridge And Fusion Claim 60% of x86 CPU Market

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AMD appears to have had a pretty good launch into the GPU-CPU era as it was able to steal x86 processor market share from Intel, according to a new report published by market researchers from IDC.

AMD claimed 1.5 points of share from Intel overall and now stands at 20.4%. In mobile computers, AMD gained 1.8 points to 15.2%, in desktops it added 1.5 points to 28.9%, IDC said. Intel held 79.3% overall and 84.4% in mobile and 70.9% in desktops.

According to IDC, Intel was able to extend its dominance in servers and added 0.6 points to 94.5%, while Intel stood at 5.5%.

The good news for Intel and AMD was the fact that Sandy Bridge and Fusion already account for more than 60% of processor shipments. Given AMD's gains, it appears that AMD had a much better start into this era than Intel.

The overall x86 market is trending toward slower gains for the year than previously anticipated. IDC revised its unit growth forecast from 10.3% to 9.3%. Worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments in 2Q11 declined 2.9% compared to 1Q11 and improved by 0.6% when compared to 2Q10. In Q2 2011, the x86 CPU market brought in $9.49 billion and declined by 4.0% compared to 1Q11, but was up 5.4% compared to 2Q10.

"The first quarter of 2011 was better than most first quarters due to the extra calendar week," said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. "So the sequential comparison isn't surprising. If we took off that extra week, the performance between the two quarters probably would've seen a seen a slight sequential uptick from 1Q to 2Q."

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    Soma42 , August 3, 2011 1:51 AM
    I can only hope Bulldozer will be met with such success
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    wintermint , August 3, 2011 1:42 AM
    This is good news for AMD. I hope they get back on track and release badass CPUs that will challenge Intel's foothold. That way.. prices will drop
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    Stryter , August 3, 2011 2:39 AM
    daniel123244Somethings not right here...


    Intel vs. Intel. The voices in my head say this will be the fight of the century!
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  • 28 Hide
    wintermint , August 3, 2011 1:42 AM
    This is good news for AMD. I hope they get back on track and release badass CPUs that will challenge Intel's foothold. That way.. prices will drop
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    Soma42 , August 3, 2011 1:51 AM
    I can only hope Bulldozer will be met with such success
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    Anonymous , August 3, 2011 1:55 AM
    Could you clarify the second paragraph? It infers Intel vs Intel, not Intel vs AMD. Thanks
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    cmcghee358 , August 3, 2011 2:05 AM
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    According to IDC, Intel was able to extend its dominance in servers and added 0.6 points to 94.5%, while Intel stood at 5.5%.


    I assume AMD is 5.5%?

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    daniel123244 , August 3, 2011 2:05 AM
    Quote:
    According to IDC, Intel was able to extend its dominance in servers and added 0.6 points to 94.5%, while Intel stood at 5.5%.


    Somethings not right here...
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    Stryter , August 3, 2011 2:39 AM
    daniel123244Somethings not right here...


    Intel vs. Intel. The voices in my head say this will be the fight of the century!
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    eddieroolz , August 3, 2011 2:44 AM
    Typo in the server section. It's a one-company fight.
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    bak0n , August 3, 2011 2:44 AM
    The reason I won't buy Intel any more: To upgrade my socket 775 system to the quickest CPU available for the form factor, more than an I5 and nearly as much as an I7. I can build an entire system for $300.00 from AMD for the price of their years old technology.
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    master9716 , August 3, 2011 2:57 AM
    Im waiting for Bulldozer , its bound to be faster than my i5 750. I would upgrade my intel but I cant bc i need new mobo. And amd keeps the same socket for a long time so that also helps for my future purchase.
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    uuicked , August 3, 2011 3:22 AM
    bak0nThe reason I won't buy Intel any more: To upgrade my socket 775 system to the quickest CPU available for the form factor, more than an I5 and nearly as much as an I7. I can build an entire system for $300.00 from AMD for the price of their years old technology.


    Sure you can build an entire PC for the price of an Intel I7 2600k (not realistically an entire system but you could upgrade the core components) but you would be moving from one extint system to one that is only a few days away from being extint. Deals on Newegg and Tiger are only deals because they need to get that stuff gone. Sure you will notice gains and will be able to squeak into the new year of low FPS gaming but try your hand at a top end build just once and you'll be hooked. I went from an evga 8600GTS to the 9800GX2 and thought I was in heaven (the 9800GX2 was actually just a single slot version of the 8600GTS' in SLI config). The 9800GX2 finally toasted so I splurged and got the brand new AMD 6990 and hot damn am I in love!!! Paired that $700 purchase up with a $300 27" Viewsonic and I've never loved my gaming experience so much.

    Long story short, you get what you pay for. Bang for buck yeah maybe AMD but AMD doesn't produce enough bang to push gaming PC's to the max like Intel
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    JamesSneed , August 3, 2011 3:23 AM
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    Im waiting for Bulldozer , its bound to be faster than my i5 750. I would upgrade my intel but I cant bc i need new mobo. And amd keeps the same socket for a long time so that also helps for my future purchase.


    Or go with Intel now since the 1155 socket will be used for Ivy Bridge as well. Plus 1155 motherboards are just hitting shelves in the last week that have PCIE 3.0(). Pretty future proof having Sata III, USB 3.0 and PCIE 3.0 along with knowing you can plop an Ivy bridge CPU in them later.

    My main PC is an AMD rig now but Intel just looks better and better these days.
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    JamesSneed , August 3, 2011 3:25 AM
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    Typo in the server section. It's a one-company fight.


    Funny how that typo is somewhat truthful at the same time.
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    uuicked , August 3, 2011 3:29 AM
    And my final comment was of course only specific to CPU's. Of course AMD shines in the video card market and that's a different story. I just wanted to clarify before getting flamed :) 
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    ikyung , August 3, 2011 4:07 AM
    JamesSneedOr go with Intel now since the 1155 socket will be used for Ivy Bridge as well. Plus 1155 motherboards are just hitting shelves in the last week that have PCIE 3.0(). Pretty future proof having Sata III, USB 3.0 and PCIE 3.0 along with knowing you can plop an Ivy bridge CPU in them later.My main PC is an AMD rig now but Intel just looks better and better these days.

    I haven't really updated my Intel-side news for a couple months, but last time I saw, the Ivy Bridge chipset will use the 1155 socket, but Cougar point PCH chipset won't support the new 22nm. I'll go look it up right now, but might want to double check the facts.
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    Anonymous , August 3, 2011 4:58 AM
    AMD PROBABLY WILL NOT SEE ANY MORE MARKET SHARE GROWTH.

    INTEL'S SECRET EXCLUSIVITY-BRIBES AND THREATS )TARGETING RETAILERS AND MANUFACTURERS) WILL PRETTY MUCH ENSURE THAT CONSUMERS WON'T FIND AMD PRODUCTS TO BUY?

    This is a great article on how Intel bribes retailers and manufacturers to not sell AMD products.

    http://mygaming.co.za/news/hardware/3884-Intel-caught-cheating.html
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    alidan , August 3, 2011 5:33 AM
    bak0nThe reason I won't buy Intel any more: To upgrade my socket 775 system to the quickest CPU available for the form factor, more than an I5 and nearly as much as an I7. I can build an entire system for $300.00 from AMD for the price of their years old technology.


    but than take into account that even with the socket 775, you may not be able to install the fastest gpu of that line, i tried with my old mb before it fried, it wouldn't take it... i despise intel and its cpus, i like how amd, if you have the right socket, everything will work in it.
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    alidan , August 3, 2011 5:39 AM
    otacon72Been hearing about Bulldozer for years...who cares. I doubt it would challenge SandyBridge and when Ivy comes out AMD will be 2 generations behind....again.

    2 gen behind, and yet, still damn good.
    i would rather have a true quad core than 2 cores and 2 logical any day

    Paul PuuplnoiAMD PROBABLY WILL NOT SEE ANY MORE MARKET SHARE GROWTH.INTEL'S SECRET EXCLUSIVITY-BRIBES AND THREATS )TARGETING RETAILERS AND MANUFACTURERS) WILL PRETTY MUCH ENSURE THAT CONSUMERS WON'T FIND AMD PRODUCTS TO BUY?This is a great article on how Intel bribes retailers and manufacturers to not sell AMD products.http://mygaming.co.za/news/hardwar [...] ating.html


    its not so much a bribe as a "done you dare F***ING sell those cpus or else WE wont give you a DISCOUNT on our cpus ANY MORE"

    you know, amd may have to sell cheap because they arent "as good" but seriously, every part of their business i like, from gpu to the cpu, they dont f*** people like their competitors do.
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    Anonymous , August 3, 2011 6:38 AM
    I'd like to remind anyone considering bulldozer that AMD will be introducing a new socket next year. Basically, if you already have an AM3+ socket, great, you can upgrade right away. If you don't, better wait 6-8 months.
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    dragonsqrrl , August 3, 2011 6:53 AM
    master9716Im waiting for Bulldozer , its bound to be faster than my i5 750. I would upgrade my intel but I cant bc i need new mobo. And amd keeps the same socket for a long time so that also helps for my future purchase.

    Unfortunately you're not going to have much of an upgrade path on AM3+ either. That argument would make a lot more sense if you were already on the AM3+/AM3 platform, and upgrading to an FX processor from a Phenom II or Athlon II. AMD is releasing a new platform in 2012, along with an updated Bulldozer architecture on socket FM2.

    If Platform longevity is your primary concern, then I would either invest in LGA 1155 and go with Sandy Bridge (Ivy Bridge will run on the same platform next year), or wait for Socket FM2 and AMD's revised Bulldozer processors in 2012.
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