Share of Intel and AMD x86 computer CPUs worldwide 2012-2020, by quarter

In the second quarter of 2020, 64.9 percent of x86 computer processor or CPU tests recorded were from Intel processors, a fall from the 66.7 percent share seen in the previous quarter, whilst 35.1 percent were from AMD processors. When looking solely at laptop CPUs, Intel is the clear winner, accounting for 86.1 percent of laptop CPU test benchmark results in the second quarter of 2020.

Traditional x86 processors

The x86 is a family of instruction set architectures (ISA) for computer processors, otherwise known as central processing units (CPUs), which were initially developed by Intel. They refer to the way a CPU handles information, with x86 architecture of variable instruction lengths, and primarily of a complex instruction set computer (CISC) design. Although additions and developments to the x86 processor have taken place, backward compatibility has remained a key feature of the architecture; the newer x86 processors can run all the programs that older processors could run.

Apple Mac processors

The x86 processor is the predominant hardware platform for laptops, desktops and servers globally. Both Windows and Mac laptops use x86 chips; previously, Apple’s line of Mac products used PowerPC microprocessors, with the transition to Intel x86 architecture first acknowledged in 2005. The first generation of Intel-based Mac computers were released in January 2006, a partnership that continued through until 2020, where Apple announced it will begin switching the Mac line from Intel CPUs to Arm-based processors. The decision was been made in order to standardize on one CPU architecture for all iPhone, iPad, and Mac products, with the transition to Apple's custom Arm-based chips expected to take place over a two-year period.

Distribution of Intel and AMD x86 computer central processing units (CPUs) worldwide from 2012 to 2020, by quarter

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2012 to 2020

Supplementary notes

- The market share is made up of thousands of test benchmark results.
- This graph counts the baselines submitted during these time period and therefore is representative of CPUs in use rather than CPUs purchased.
- There are a small number of submissions of CPU types other than AMD and Intel however the percentage is so small as to make it not worth graphing. This combined with rounding off the percentages to 2 decimal places will account for each quarter not always adding up to exactly 100%.
- This chart only includes x86 processors and does not include other chip architectures these manufacturers may sell.
- This chart only includes CPUs installed into PCs and does not include game consoles.
- As the test software only runs on Windows OS and counts on user submitting their benchmarks, this data may be non-reflective of non-Windows user base.

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