Today’s Financial Analyst Day 2020 from AMD is full of small nuggets of information. With the company  building its foundation on its new x86 Zen high-performance architecture, keeping track of the finances is a good marker to find out how well its products are doing. Another marker is how many chips are in the wild. To that end, AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster presented this graph:

Since the launch of the first Zen products in 2017, the company states that it has shipped 260,000,000 Zen cores to date. It is worth noting that this is cores, not chips, and so there’s a mix of everything from 2-core to 64-core products in there. But this counts consumer, enterprise, commercial, and mobile products. With the launch of the Zen 2 based consoles later this year, this number is expected to shoot up by a significant margin.

Side reading this graph, we get the following numbers:

2017-2018: ~30m cores
2018-2019: 80m cores (~110m total)
2019-2020: 150m cores (~260m total)

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  • HStewart - Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - link

    Yes exactly, but the statement about cores is misleading. Reply
  • Qasar - Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - link

    how so ??? Reply
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 12, 2020 - link

    Like bragging that you have 8 fingers on each hand, 3 of which are not connected to the hand via any sort of bone structure. Just 3 useless fingers not useful for much.

    AMD created the "superfluous core" strategy, knowing that it looks really good on paper and offered little to no benefit except for 1% of the market and benchmarks. The market centered around 4 cores on the average PC because that was usable... more cores, without a revolution in software development, are (my i9900K included) largely unused. Benchmarks are not useful - I guess they are the age old Camaro vs Mustang back from when I was a kid for the modern age - didn't matter much then, very few Camaro drivers switched to Mustang or vice versa due to a couple races going one way or another. All comes down to preference.
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