Dan Nystedt at PCWorld:
AMD captured a 52 percent share of the U.S. retail desktop market in September, topping Intel’s 46 percent share, according to market research firm Current Analysis.
“Despite its past successes in surpassing Intel desktop sales in select retail sales weeks, September 2005 marked the first time AMD was able to outperform Intel for an entire month,” Current Analysis said in a report released late last week.
And a large part of the story is the current popularity of Windows XP Media Center PCs:
AMD benefited from increased sales of Media Center PCs, according Current Analysis, which are meant to be used for home entertainment purposes. In September, Media Center PCs accounted for 46 percent of all U.S. retail desktop sales, the market researcher’s report says. What’s more, 55 percent of those machines went out with AMD processors inside.
The star Media Center system was Hewlett-Packard’s HP Pavilion a1130n, running on a 64-bit AMD Athlon 64 processor, Microsoft Media Center operating system and 1GB of RAM at a post-rebate price of $679, the Current Analysis report says.
The market researcher says the HP model is the most popular Media Center PC in retail to date, and credits AMD for being in the right system at the right time.