When AMD released its first Zen-based processors last spring in the form of Ryzen, the company managed to impress pretty much every hardware enthusiast out there. We suddenly had many-core CPU options that wouldn’t destroy our bank accounts. Fast-forward to today, and we now have second-generation Ryzen Zen+ processors, a series that looks like it could enjoy even more success in the mainstream market. AMD brought eight-core chips to the mainstream last spring for $500, and today, an even faster chip (Ryzen 7 2700X) costs $329.
It seems that this value proposition has helped AMD make an impression on the market, and German etailer Mindfactory proves it by giving us some hard numbers, which it has done in the past. With its latest report, ending in April, we can see the Ryzen 2700X making an immediate impact, helping AMD ultimately secure 47% of MindFactory’s CPU sales, up from 40% in the prior month.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first month AMD has performed so closely with Intel overall, but Intel recently dominated with a 58% share in December, and 61% in January. Today, Intel has 53%, while AMD sits at 47%. Realistically, we could see parity by next month if this trajectory continues.
With that said, it’s interesting that in the specific battle between the 2700X and Intel’s Coffee Lake-based i7-8700K, the latter managed to sell about three times as many chips – so either those folks are hardcore gamers (or demand higher IPC for another reason), or they still don’t know enough about Ryzen to truly consider it.