Market dominance: Intel sold three times more processors than Apple and AMD combined

The last quarter of 2023 on the processor market brings interesting statistics that show Intel triumphing over Apple and AMD convincingly in almost all segments

by Sededin Dedovic
Market dominance: Intel sold three times more processors than Apple and AMD combined
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The global computer processor market witnessed a significant victory for Intel in the fourth quarter of 2023. According to a recent report by Canalys, a leading analyst firm specializing in the technology industry, Intel shipped a whopping 50 million processors for desktop and laptop computers during this period.

This figure is more than three times the combined shipments of its key competitors, AMD and Apple, in the same quarter. These figures really seem incredible and if anyone doubted Intel's dominance now they should shut up forever.

Although AMD hinted at record sales, Intel is still firmly on the throne.

Intel's triumph and market share

This dominant performance from Intel showed us its continued leadership in the x86 CPU segment. The company boasts a remarkable 78% market share, leaving AMD with only 13%.

This dominance also translates into revenues. Intel reported a 2% increase in revenue from PC processor shipments, reaching a total of $41 billion. So from these figures we can see that Intel had a significant increase of 2% because when we take into account the scope of the company's business, this is a significant progress.

While Intel dominates, its rivals are not resting. AMD secured second place with 8 million processor shipments, a 1% year-over-year decline. Apple, on the other hand, shipped 6 million processors, down 4% from the previous year.

Despite this decline, both companies managed to achieve revenue growth. AMD posted a 6% increase in revenue, reaching $5 billion, while Apple's PC processor revenue rose 8%, to a total of $8 billion. The reason for this is the increase in prices on the market, which can be said to be growing uncontrollably due to various factors, and certainly there is a suspicion that the price increase is artificial considering the positive income of the companies.

Although Intel is the undisputed leader, it must be acknowledged that Apple and AMD are strong players, thereby encouraging Intel to advance even more. With this kind of competition on the market, we will surely see new and revolutionary processors of the new age.

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The report also recognizes the new players in the PC Processor market. Companies like MediaTek, Qualcomm and Arm are making progress, although they have not yet reached the level of established giants.

In particular, Canalys analysts predict a significant entry from Qualcomm in 2024 with their new Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus processors. The X elite processor has received a lot of good reviews and is constantly progressing, after its success at the end of 2023, a peak in the company's business is predicted in the coming years.

From this, we can see that the market has expanded a lot compared to a few years before when only Intel and AMD dominated convincingly.

Partnerships and segmentation

An analysis of PC manufacturers' shipments reveals interesting partnerships.

For Intel, Lenovo emerged as the leading contributor, contributing 25% of total shipments. HP followed closely behind with 23%, with Dell (19%), Acer (7%) and Asus (6%) rounding out the top five. Interestingly, the picture shifts a bit for AMD.

While Lenovo remains the best partner with a whopping 40% share, HP takes second place with 29%. It is followed by Asus with 14% and Acer with 6%. This distribution reflects a similar pattern when it comes to generated income.

Laptops continue to rule, accounting for nearly 69% of the market share in the last quarter of 2023. Desktops, on the other hand, captured the remaining 31%. PassMark's statistics give a bigger picture. Their data suggests that Intel is gaining market share across all segments, including desktops, laptops and servers.

This is in line with the overall trend observed in the Canalys report. So this is another proof that the dominance of Intel is not fictitious and that the recent reports from AMD are still incorrect. Despite AMD offering compelling CPU options in various segments, Intel remains the dominant force in the PC processor market.

This dominance is evident in both shipments and revenue. However, AMD and Apple are making progress, indicating a potential change in the competitive landscape. With upcoming chip launches from these rivals, the future of the PC processor market promises to be exciting, with potential challenges to Intel's current reign.

Intel and AMD recently presented their latest models in the battle for market dominance. Intel boasts its 13th generation Alder Lake-S processors, while AMD offers the Ryzen 7000 series based on the Zen 4 architecture. Both processors offer impressive performance.

The Intel Core i9-13900K has a slightly higher clock frequency, while the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has more threads and a stronger integrated graphics card. Price is also a factor, with the Intel Core i9-13900K being cheaper, which may have influenced the report we analyzed.

This is just a comparison of the two strongest models. Intel and AMD offer a wide variety of processors for different needs and budgets.

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