AMD is on a roll with its Zen architecture, and especially its second generation Ryzen processor family for the mainstream market. Buyers now have competitive solutions from both AMD and Intel at practically every price point. That hasn't always been the case before Ryzen—AMD wasn't really competing at the higher end of the performance spectrum—but it is now, and it's paying off. Evidence of this can be found at a German retailer's breakdown of CPU sales.
Every so often, Mindfactory puts out a bunch of graphs and sales data comparing CPU sales from AMD and Intel processors. Over the course of the year, AMD has been catching up with Intel at that specific retailer, having grabbed 45 percent of CPU sales in June and nudging up to 50 percent in July. Now AMD has overtaken Intel.
Reddit user ingebor plotted out Mindfactory's sales data over the past year, as shown above. You can see that AMD has been closing the gap over the past several months, reaching sales parity with Intel and, finally, nudging slightly ahead.
Of course, we don't want to make a mountain of a mole hill here. What you're looking at above is the sales data from a single retailer, that's the first thing. Secondly, the graphs depicts the number of CPUs sold, not revenue. Nevertheless, it's an interesting snapshot of the difference that AMD's second generation Ryzen processors have made.
If we look at sales revenue, Intel still maintains a lead over AMD. Intel's chips contribute 56 of Mindfactory's CPU sales revenue, versus 44 percent for AMD. The two chipmakers actually swapped places from a year ago, when AMD generated more CPU revenue for the retailer than Intel did. That's due in part to the average selling price (ASP) being higher for certain Intel processors.
No matter how you slice it, though, AMD's second generation Ryzen lineup (shown as Pinnacle Ridge in the above chart) is a success. Again, this is but a single retailer in Germany. However, that is not the only place where AMD's second generation CPUs are selling well.
We looked up the best selling CPUs on Amazon's US website, and the Ryzen 5 2600 holds the No. 2 spot. Other notable entries include AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X (No. 4), Ryzen 5 1600 (No. 6, first-gen part), Ryzen 3 2200G (No. 8), and Ryzen 5 2600X (No. 11).
Intel's Core i7-8700K is the No. 1 selling CPU on Amazon, and obviously Intel is well represented in the top 10 (and beyond). However, the it's certainly not lopsided. The top 10 best selling CPUs on Amazon are equally split between AMD and Intel.