AMD gains share in the server market

Growing market share and customer wins show that AMD Epyc processors are taking hold.

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The server market is fairly slow to change in all things, and that includes its processor platforms. But lately it's clear AMD's comeback is getting very real.

Left for dead four years ago, AMD already has won over the gamers. Its Ryzen series of processors are the go-to choice for system builders on YouTube, whose specialty is building a high-end gaming rig in 15 minutes. But the server market is also taking note.

The latest sign came from Mercury Research, which follows the semiconductor market, in particular CPU sales. For the fourth quarter of 2020, Intel held 92.9% market share to AMD's 7.1%, but Intel was down from 95.5% one year earlier in Q4 2019 and AMD was way up from 4.5%. For the server market, that's some rapid growth.

Principal analyst Dean McCarron noted that AMD's second-generation Epyc server processor, codenamed Milan, contributed to the gains, while the older Rome generation continued to grow. Milan processors come with an incredible 32 and 64 cores. Intel maxes out at 28 cores, although a 48-core processor is coming.

Where AMD is doing particularly well, no doubt thanks to its core count, is in high performance computing (HPC). For starters, HPE's Cray subsidiary has built two supercomputers for the U.S. Air Force focused on weather forecasting that, when combined, are said to be more than six times more powerful than their predecessor.

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