While Dell has a number of workstations and all-in-one devices that use AMD processors, the firm’s CTO John Roese has said that the market overwhelmingly supports Intel products. Any talk of AMD knocking Intel off its perch seems to be largely a pipe dream, particularly when taking into account the wider range of Intel CPUs available for just about every purpose.
"Intel is the big player, AMD is the second player,” Roese said to ChannelPro. “There's enough diversity between them that there are use cases to have them both in our portfolio, but just the sheer breadth of the Intel processor portfolio is massive compared to even the accelerated AMD world.”
Outside of the gaming world at least, it seems as if AMD is a bit part player. The top-end Ryzen chips are obviously hugely impressive, but Intel’s happy to sit back and launch dozens upon dozens of CPUs and APUs each and every year, hoovering up every small sector of the market.
While Intel is currently dominant, this murky cloud does at least have a silver lining. "AMD is doing some interesting things,” Roese went on to say, “and by adding them to the portfolio we pick up a few extra areas, but let's be very clear: there is a huge, dominant player in compute semiconductors, and then there is a challenger which is doing some very good innovative work called AMD, but the gap between them is quite large in terms of market share and use-cases. So our portfolio is not going to change in any meaningful way.
“Don't expect it to be a duopoly anytime soon.”
So what about with the world of PC gaming? While the data from Steam hardware surveys is flaky at best, it does at least provide a general indicator of the performance of hardware among the gaming community. In February 2018, AMD grew its market share 1.06% up to 9.09%, although this pales into insignificance next to Intel’s 90.91% market share. I don’t think that gulf in market share anywhere near represents the gulf in quality, and a lot of it’s going to come down to the sheer variety of options available to potential Intel customers. It certainly doesn’t help AMD’s case when OEMs are so openly pushing Intel hardware as well, as is the case with Dell.
Do you think we've any hope of seeing the AMD/Intel duopoly return one day? Or will AMD's smaller stature ensure it's always a bit-part player?